New to the world of wines
Reading about wine and wine regions is one thing but to really understand the wine and distinguishing from good and bad wines or good from excellent wines is different ball game.
Learning about wines for newbies might appear to be a daunting task in the beginning. It is easy to get influenced by marketing tactics by some of the big players of the industry. Another challenge is that their are numerous grape varieties in both red and white wine and some such as Gewurztraminer which are even hard to pronounce. Then comes wines from different regions(in Australia alone there are 64 wine regions). Moreover, each variety has its own characteristics such as aromas and flavours, and food pairing.
So, what is the best way to learn about wines? Doing wine tasting at cellar doors,attending wine events are some of the common ways about learning about wines. Yet another way is organizing your own blind wine tasting party helps to decide which wine makes your taste buds ring
Calling your friends over for blind tasting can make the learning so much more fun.While choosing wines for the party make sure for each party the wines are different from each other in terms of variety and region. For eg-
- Experiment with different grape varieties such as Reds – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Pinot Noir and white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Moscato, Pinot Grigio etc.
- For one party you can choose wines of same variety such as Shiraz but different brand names such as Penfolds, McWilliams, Emmetts Crossing etc.
- Another way is to choose wines of same variety but from different wine regions such as Barossa Valley Shiraz, Hunter Valley Shiraz, Margaret River Shiraz.
- Choosing wines from popular wine critics or those which have won any award/medal recently at wine competition and then blind tasting them is yet another way to keep yourself up to date with emerging wines.