Lessons From The Vine

JathanJust a few things I’ve learned about wine.

1. Wine doesn’t have to be expensive to be good.
I don’t know if this is a lesson you learn after you open a few expensive bottles that disappoint, or when you realize your savings account is dwindling, whatever it is, it’s a lesson that benefits everyone.

2. Closures are irrelevant
Screw caps are no longer exclusively associated with plonk, and anyone who tells you corks make a difference doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Embrace the change and experience the benefits that come with all types of closures.

3. Try as many different varietals from around the world as you can
It may be a grape varietal you’ve never heard of before, or a region you didn’t know was even producing wine, stay open minded and taste as many wines as you can. You may just find a new favorite.

4. Stemware is more important that you think
Sorry, the sales people are right, the glass does make a difference. Suck it up and purchase the right stemware for your wine. A good all around glass is nothing to quaff about, they work great. My recommendation is the Riedel Vinum Zinfandel or Riedel Ouverture Red Wine, you can pretty much throw anything in those including Single Malt Scotch.

5. Diversify your collection
Take a look at your wine collection and ask yourself: Do I have a nice collection for every season? Do I have special occasion bottles? Do I have enough tweaners for those pizza or burger nights? Am I aging the right wine made by those producers who focus on ageability? How is my dessert/fortified wine selection? Even if you don’t like a certain style of wine, it’s nice to be prepared if a guest has different taste buds than you.

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