Wine is one of the most amazingly complex things you can learn about; there’s so much variety that you’ve never really learned it all. Saying that, where can you start?
At the Ideal Wine Company we recognise that if you’re in the market for a luxury bottle and you feel somewhat lacking in your knowledge of the drink, it can be intimidating. There are so many questions to ask and so many answers. This is because wine is such a versatile drink that there’s no definitive answer.
However there are sources you can go to in order to transform yourself form wine buffoon to wine buff. Remember that knowledge is power; the more you have, in this case, the more likely you are to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing your luxury bottle.
The first place to start is the internet. Considering the wealth of information on the World Wide Web, it shouldn’t surprise you that there are thousands of guides on there, ready and waiting to teach about wine. However you have to remember that information from the internet isn’t always reliable, so take it with a pinch of salt.
However if you’re looking to move on from internet guides, why not get adventurous and take a trip to a vineyard? There are some particularly beautiful vineyards on the continent and most have tours on offer that teach you about the entire process of viticulture. It makes the perfect getaway and reminds you that when you wish to learn about something, you always need to know where it comes from.
If a getaway to a continental vineyard isn’t in the cards for you right now, why not try a wine tasting course? These days, colleges around the country feature entire classes dedicated to learning about the wine and the great thing about this option is that you get to engage with an expert. Not only can you hear from them, but put your questions to them for a deeper understanding of the drink you’ve come to love.
Finally, if you want to strike out on your own, why not form a collective? Start your own wine tasting group. You’d be surprised how many people in your neighbourhood would be invested in such a group, and you can use it as an opportunity to learn and grow together. There’s nothing like a shared experience to foster a deeper understanding.
At the Ideal Wine Company we’ve always seen the mystery as one of the reasons that wine is so fascinating. You can never know it all, but you can clock up some life changing experiences trying.