Today I have another great guest post, this time from Michelle at Blogs Like a Girl! Michelle and I bond over our shared love of wine, books, and the struggles of being an adult. Once you read this post, I know you’ll bond with her, too!
Hi everybody! I’m Michelle and I write over at Blogs Like a Girl. There, I share my my motto on life (all the time), laughter (hopefully!), love (or at least the belief in), and of course, cats (always). I also share my love of wine and wineries in Northern VA (and elsewhere, when I get to travel). Today I wanted to share some tips on how to be a wine “expert” – or at least fake it.
1) Develop your palate and find your wine.
Wine is an acquired taste. It took me a long time to find a wine besides white zinfandel that I liked. Even today, when in down, I reach for a rosé and there’s nothing wrong with that. Over the years, I’ve learned that I appreciate the sweeter white wines over the smoky reds. Of course, even some reds I enjoy. The hint is to swish in your mouth instead of swallowing. This is an experience worth savoring, not shots at the bar.
2) Read books on the subject.
In my dorky opinion, the best part about wine is learning the history and the regional knowledge. In order to fake it, you need to some Jeopardy type trivia. For example, Chianti is made from the sangiovese grape or that Spätlese means ‘Late Harvest’ for a German riesling. Take that to any bar trivia night! (Michelle to Lindsay: Can I pimp my Reading Lately monthly link up? I’m going to pimp it! Tomorrow (1/29), I’m cohosting a link up for books you’ve read over the past month. Feel free to include your wine books!)
3) Be bold! But be safe.
What I mean is, don’t be afraid to try newer, bolder flavors. As your palate grows, so does your desire to try new flavors. Once you’ve developed your “expertise” on the stronger wines (and I mean flavor, not alcoholic content), go back to the softer, safer wines you’ve first tried. You should be able to tell the cheap stuff from the higher quality wine (and don’t worry! Higher quality doesn’t necessarily mean higher price!)
And that’s it! Three simple steps to becoming a wine expert. The most important tip I can impart on you is to just try new stuff. Wine tastings are your best friends when it comes to learning more about wine. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; people love to help!
Anything I missed? Have a favorite wine to share? Tell me so!