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Become a Wine Expert in Just 4 Steps

24 September 2018
Kevin Hartley

If you want to impress your guests this holiday season, a great way to do it is to become a wine expert with your own collection of delicious wines! Your wine collection and expertise will give a touch of sophistication to your home and perhaps inspire your friends to follow your example as well. Here's how you can become an impressive expert on wine:

1. Join a Wine Club

A wine club can give you a good sampling of different and distinct kinds of wines, and this is the first step to becoming a wine expert! In fact, you should be able to find a wine club that will ship fines wines to your door every month, and there are many excellent wines that you can choose from.

How Much Does a Wine Club Cost?:   It depends on the wine club that you choose, but many wine clubs are less than 50 dollars per month. While most wine clubs charge a monthly rate, there also are ones that will charge you for individual bottles of wine at a set rate instead of charging for membership.

Additionally, some wine clubs offer discounts which can greatly reduce the amount that you pay for a month's membership. Some clubs may even offer a discount or additional bottles of wine for member referrals.

What Type of Wine Will You Get?:  It depends on the wine club that you choose. If you choose a wine club that is run by a winery, you'll only get the selections that they make. However, other wine clubs choose wines for their members based on sampling a variety of wines, and the most delicious wines are chosen to be shipped to the club's members.

How Many Bottles of Wine Will You Get?:   This also depends on the wine club that you pick, but many wine clubs ship between 2-4 bottles of wine per month. However, there are other wine clubs that send a full case of wine every three months.

2. Learn the Basics at Home

Being familiar with the different types of wine is an essential part of choosing the right bottle for you, and these are the most important types of wine that you need to know about:

  • Fortified Wines:   There are several types of fortified wines, and the most well-recognized ones are port, sherry, Madeira, and Marsala. These wines are mixed with liquor and are typically grape brandy. As a result, they are higher in alcohol content than other wines which means they are generally 18-20 percent alcohol. Another example of fortified wine is vermouth. Vermouth is infused with wormwood, and it typically contains between 14 and 18 percent alcohol.
  • Sparkling Wines:   Secondary fermentation is used to create sparkling wines. These wines contain bubbles due to the formation of carbon dioxide. There are many types of sparkling wine, but the main types are pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot blanc, and pinot meunier. These wines vary in alcohol content.
  • Rose Wines:   Rose wines tend to have a somewhat sweet flavor compared to other wines, and the contact between skin and grape juice is minimized when creating them. They are created with red grapes, or they are a blend of white and red wines. Some examples of rose styles of wine are shiraz, cabernet, and zinfandel.
  • Red Wines:   Red wines have a fairly dark color, and this is because they are made from red grapes in most cases. The color of these wines comes from the skin of the grapes. There are several types of red wines, and the most common types of red wines are pinot noir, merlot, shiraz, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon. The alcohol content of these wines varies.
  • White Wines:   These wines don't have any red pigments in them, and they can be made from either white grapes or black grapes. There are several types of white wines that you can choose from, and these are chardonnay, riesling, chenin blanc, and pinot gris. These wines vary in alcohol content. If black grapes are used, the skin of them is taken off, and this ensures that the skin of the grapes does not influence the color.

3. Drink Your Wine Right

Don't Fill the Glass Too High:  Filling the glass too high can prevent you from fully savoring the flavor, and it's important to leave a significant space between the top of the glass and the level of the wine.

Always Sniff the Wine as Soon as You Open It:   Here are some things that you should look for when you're observing the scent of the wine to pick the right bottle from your collection:

  • Make sure that the wine doesn't have a musty smell or the odor of an attic. This indicates that the wine wasn't bottled properly.
  • Make sure that the wine doesn't have an odor that is similar to burnt matches. This means that you have to wait for a while for this odor to dissipate.
  • Make sure that there are no vinegar-like odors.

4. Keep Learning

If you want to be a true wine expert, it's important to look read a variety of books on the topic. There are also many websites where you can learn about wine. In fact, there are even online courses on the subject. If wine is your passion, jump in with both feet.

If you aspire to become a wine expert, it's easier than you think. If you begin sampling a variety of wines and you educate yourself on wine, you'll be an expert before you know it! You'll be able to build up a collection that's an excellent showpiece for your home.

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