I was raised in New Orleans by a family who believed in alcohol in moderation. Frankly, I got to know beer better than wine because of the local breweries. As for wine, we always had some in the house -- usually a gallon jug that was consumed slowly over a period of months. (Remember this was in the Louisiana heat.)
I now live in Brooklyn and have a good relationship with a couple of local stores. In February I participated in a course on Spanish Reds hosted at a local wine bar. Because of good luck and a willingness to "taste and try" I have an undeserved reputation for being able to select wines, but really it is a combination of luck and taking recommendations.
- Reply by EMark, Mar 12, 2013.
Welcome to Snooth, Pete. Your history on your introduction to wine and your experience since is fairly similar to that of a lot of people here. No doubt about it, "tast and try" is the absolutely best way to learn. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 14, 2013.
Welcome to Snooth Pete.
And welcome to NYC, a great place to try wines. There are so many free in store and wine tasting events, just this week we cohosted one for the wines of Toro from Spain and next weekend we have our Grand tasting. Start hitting them and you'll find that reputation is completely deserved!
Sometime we share some of our finds here on Snooth, another great way to 'discover' some great wines.