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Make a friend
You need friends in this game. It's just like any other sport, play with people better than you and you'll improve your performance. Everybody responds somewhat differently to almost every wine, so tasting periodically with a group of like minded wine lovers is a great way to broaden your vinous vocabulary while at the same time learning how other people interpret the same wines you are trying. I've learned so much from my wine tasting buddies, even though I don't like some of them I still look forward to tasting with them!
 
If you're not ready to sit down and drink with a bunch of boring wine geeks, please do yourself a favor and make a friend in the best wine shop in your area. You don't even have to buy much from him or her, at least in the beginning, but talking about wine, exchanging ideas about wine and learning about what's out there in the marketplace is the absolute first step in learning more about wine and your palate. 

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  • Snooth User: cma238
    1295124 162

    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 162

    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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