People who grew up in the wine sector, or have received some training at home or at a culinary school are comfortable with the subject of wine. People who have little exposure to wines are often frustrated and uncomfortable talking about it, or choosing a bottle for a good meal. People should feel comfortable enough to make wise selections. There are several ways a person can learn and understand more about wine.
There are numerous amounts of books on the topic of wine. However, whilst extremely professionally put together, they shared a common fault – too much information. A good place to start learning and understanding more about wines is reading a well written wine guide. It provides a concise overview covering all aspects of wine, from grape to glass. A wine guide summarizes the numerous themes of wine, some of them quite complicated, into ‘easy to read’ and understandable sections.
If a person has the financial resources, a great way to learn about wine is to do a self study. As mentioned above, a wine guide is a valuable resource for a person trying to learn about wine on their own. A person will also want to buy a variety of wines and analyze their characteristics. The labels on each bottle typically offer a brief description to help a person learn the vocabulary of the subject. A person must keep a record of each vintage tasted and the impressions it provided. Over time a person will see that they have learned a lot and have developed a great appreciation for the product. If a person does not have a lot of money to spend on their project, they may want to invite friends to weekly tasting parties and share the cost of the food and wine.
Many times colleges or adult education institutions offer courses that teach about different wines and foods. They will have experts and vintners give seminars and tastings that will be very beneficial. If no such courses exist, a person may want to request one from a local educational facility or maybe even offer to help plan a community education event featuring wine. Sometimes, senior centers or clubs will be happy to host such an event and are happy to have a volunteer help plan the activity. This may seem like a lot of work but it is sure to prove educational and help introduce a person to the wine industry.
A good place to start learning and understanding more about wines is to visit several wineries. Sometimes, these elite places may seem hard to approach, but these are good places to improve your knowledge and experience. Wineries often allow a person to sample some of their bottles of wine from different vintages. Wineries are eager to share information that help a person decide what they like and desire in a variety of wines. It is good that a person tries to visit wineries in several locations or different continents to have a real knowledge base. There are often tours to different countries and locales that specifically tour wineries of that region. In conclusion, a well written and easy to ready wine guide will help a person develop their knowledge beyond ‘inquisitive amateur’.