Back to Basics on my most asked question: How do I learn about wine, and where do I start? Establish a great foundation and learn the fundamentals of how to taste wine from a professional sommelier in Napa Valley.

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Learning about wine is no easy feat, but there a few things you can do before you even enroll in a class or start studying that will get you started.
It’s a basic question that has plagued most wine drinkers at one time or another. How do I learn about wine? Where do I start? There are a few things you can do right now that don’t cost a lot and doesn’t require you to even join a wine tasting class.
1. Stop buying the same wine over and over. The key to learning about wine is tasting as much as you can from all over the world. Step out of your comfort zone and start buying wine that you normally wouldn’t gravitate to. I love wine clubs for this very reason – my two favs right now are ACME Fine Wines and Viticole.

2. Don’t down the whole bottle in one sitting. Taste it over the course of several days or even weeks. The Repour Wine Savers have been the key to keeping my wines fresh and allowing me to revisit. They don’t cost much and really do work.

3. Get a good glass. Having the proper stemware DOES make a difference. You wouldn’t show up to ballet class with tap shoes. Make sure you have the proper equipment – the most important of which is your wine glass. My preference is Zalto, but other great producers include Riedel and Schott Zwiesel.

4. Take notes and spit. You HAVE to write stuff down. I promise you won’t remember tomorrow, especially if you are throwing back several glasses in a sitting. Which is also why it’s important to spit the wine if you are analyzing it. Get a good notebook and even a good pen – don’t give yourself ANY reason to stop taking notes like a pen running out of ink or not working. Once decision fatigue sets in you won’t want to keep writing things down. But having an arsenal of reference points to go back to will be the key to learning.

5. Focus on just the nose and the palate when you’re tasting the wine. Don’t get too caught up in the color, appearance, viscosity (legs) when you’re first getting started. When you’re analyzing – start with just trying to identify the fruit, earth, and spice and the intensity and quality of those 3 things. You can even boil it down to Red fruit/Black fruit/Blue fruit if you want to keep it even more simple. Once you have that down, then begin to focus on the tannin and acid structure of the wine.

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