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Wear sandals, short pants, short sleeves, always have a glass in hand, and always drink with friends.  I kid, but that would be a pretty good set of tips don’t you think! Works for me. 
 
Back to reality, and with the arrival of Autumn we’re leaving the freedom of summer behind us. I don't know for sure, but I think there is something deeply ingrained in our psyche that makes this moment in time one where we refocus ourselves. It is no doubt a vestigial response to the return to schooling we all experienced around this time. We might as well go with the flow and if our brain wants to study something, well it might as well be wine!
 
The thing is, by the time Thanksgiving rolls around we're already lollygagging, looking out the window and blowing spit balls at cute girls named Denise. If we want to make our study of wine stick, we've got to be at least a little serious. Not too serious of course because in that case this might become actual work and nobody wants more work. No, this is almost all for fun, and of course a little education. Education about the wines, sure, but more to the point it should be education about what we like and what we should be buying to increase the chances that we'll like the next bottle we buy, and the bottle after that, and the bottle after that. It's not hard, really it isn't and these 5 super easy tips will make it that much simpler.
 

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  • Snooth User: cma238
    1295124 203

    Great article. After going through all the "phases" as described, do you still find yourself falling in obsessed-love with grapes or regions (the equivalent of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. spouses) in particular? Or is love different the second time around?

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM


  • Snooth User: Martze
    1309158 2

    Yes, the wine, but don't ever underestimate the time, place/setting, friends, season (clear, crisp autumn day...leaves turning color)...color/hue of the wine, the glass with a proper length stem-just for you-, the sloshing wrist action, the couch outside with the crackling fire as the sun sets in peachy tones.... That wine, that night with the bride of your youth....you WILL remember!

    Sep 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM


  • Snooth User: cma238
    1295124 203

    So well put!

    Sep 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM


  • Snooth User: sahlsmith
    1348156 40

    I enjoy making a game out of most anything. It comes from the game my Samoyeds taught me, you know, throw the ball, run to the ball, sit and wait for me to come pickup the ball and throw it back to where we started. The purpose of this game is two-fold: let the dogs think they're in control and work-up a powerful thirst for wine. A wine game I enjoy with two-legged friends is to buy three wines of the same grape variety and pour them into three identical decanters labeled A, B and C. One wine is usually fairly pricey, one is around $20USD and the third is a box or Terra-pak wine. Inevitably the box or Terra-pak wine is the favorite. It's a fun game and makes wine approachable by removing the aurora of snobbery.

    Sep 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM


  • Snooth User: Timothy R
    444500 3

    I would add one other step: ALWAYS decant reds. No matter how inexpensive, decant. In fact, often, I've found that less expensive reds are even more drastically improved by decanting than their more expensive, refined brothers and sisters. Like the wisdom shared above about the glass, the decanter need not be anything more than an ordinary sort, rounded out and full at the bottom with plenty of room for the wine to breathe... don't pour the entire bottle into the decanter if it exceeds the room for lots of contact with the air, and allow time, even an hour or so is not too much. But just the act of pouring into the decanter gives the wine contact with air, and improves bouquet and pleasures of the palate tremendously.

    Sep 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM


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