5 Tips for Becoming a Wine Expert
A scalable approach to learning more about your favorite wines.
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If you're at the stage where you want to become an expert in some facet of wine appreciation you're familiar with the two main tasting formats.
Horizontal tastings: Multiple producers across vintages.
Vertical tastings: Multiple vintages from a single producer
Both offer fabulous opportunities to learn about wine, but each is limiting in its own way. The solution, a box tasting. Yeah I just made that up but think about a case of wine. 12 bottles arranged 4x3. Now fill this slots with wines, from four producers and three vintages. That's what I'm talking about.
By attacking wine this way you can begin to separate the influence of producer, terroir, and vintage variation. It's the way I have developed to begin to discover new regions, and I've found that it works well for many people.