Learn About Wines

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There is SO MUCH to learn about wine. That’s a pretty big statement, but it’s true. However, the single most important thing you can ever learn or know about wine is this: wine is personal. And no matter how much knowledge you attain when studying about wine, nothing can replace how you feel, what you taste, and what you enjoy.

Setting out to learn more about something as complex and deeply individualistic as wine can be a bit of a daunting task! So in an effort to give you a nudge, here is an outline of wine and some structure to use to help you start your learning process.

At the Wine Ambassador, we go out of our way to combine personal experiences with expert guidance, and so this list is based on the strategy that our team uses when we’re adding to our knowledge about wine. And for us, it always starts with experience.

Basics About Wine Tasting

Age is just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.
- Joan Collins

Instead of hitting the books or crawling all over the web in search of answers, it just seems like a lot more fun to start your learning with tasting some wine! It doesn’t matter which wine you choose, but practicing this basic tasting method will help you get the most out of every glass of wine, and, it will provide you with a solid base for learning.

Here are the basic steps to follow when tasting:

  • Look at the wine and evaluate the color, clarity and thickness
  • Swirl the wine and smell the aromas to pick up flavor notes
  • Sip the wine and feel how it crosses your tongue from front, mid-palate to the finish
  • Make some personal conclusions

Basics About Wine Types

Once you get the hang of tasting, it’s very useful to add a few more layers of knowledge to your experience by studying the different varietal grapes used to make wine. If you have a simple understanding of these grapes, you suddenly have a larger base for expanding your knowledge. Here is a very quick list to get you started:

Varieties of Grapes & Wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Syrah & Shiraz
  • Zinfandel

Basics on Serving Wine

To round out this very rudimentary introduction, knowing some basics on how to serve wine is also very helpful. It’s useful to know that white wines are always served chilled (optimally between 45 and 50 degrees), and reds should be served at temperatures just below room temp (65 degrees). Additionally, Image of a couple tasting quality wine while fine diningtaking some time to consider the glass that best features every wine is something the Wine Ambassador takes very seriously! As a major believer in the use of Stolzle crystal stemware, we have the perfect glass for every wine to ensure it tastes its best, and offers our community of wine loves the most perfect experience.

You’ll never fully learn everything there is to know about wine because it is an ever-changing product that transforms from one experience into another as soon as you pour it into your glass. Mastering wine is a lofty goal, while enjoying it, and knowing little details to add to the story makes learning about wine a totally worthy endeavor!

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