We’ve been doing it all wrong. That’s not surprising now is it? Well, what may be surprising is that researchers at Reykjavík’s School of oenology have discovered why the Nordic countries enjoy wine so much. They simply are better at it! While I’m sure the powers that be would love to find their genetics were responsible for such an advantage, the truth is that enjoying wine more can be learned. It all boils down to what you do with the wine once it’s in your mouth.

The Icelandic language shares Old Norse as its base with the Nordic countries of Europe. Today these languages have diverged somewhat but they retain all the guttural goodness and nuanced inflection of the late 13th century, and therein lies the secret to making wine taste good.