How to Improve Your Knowledge of Wines

You no doubt enjoy drinking wines, but you may be interested in learning more about them as well, many may wonder how exactly you can go about learning all there is to know in the world wine. Here are some ideas to help you improve your knowledge and, hopefully, help you become an expert.

Read

You can start by reading about them; inform yourself on how it is made and the different types you can buy. This is the easiest way to start really educating yourself about the industry.  Another thing that will give you some insight into this fascinating world is to take a tour.  At a guided tour of a vineyard you can learn how the soil, the type of grape, the temperature and the fermenting process all affect the quality of the finished product. Wine tastings can also improve your expertise. Interacting with other connoisseurs at such events can definitely teach you a thing or two.

Drink

One way to improve your wine knowledge is to change the way you drink it. Try to learn how to identify the vintage and origin of the specific beverage that you are drinking. Various wines from all over the world are different, French wine will not be the same as Australian or the one from Argentina; every region has its own traditions, which impact texture, taste and scent, everything that makes a wine special.

It is also advisable to gain experience by tasting as many varieties as you can, though maybe not all at once! This is where attending wine tasting events comes into play and has proven useful. You are able taste and compare various vintages in terms of taste and are taught how to identify the subtle flavors and nuances. You could even enroll on an online wine tasting course to further help you achieve your goal of learning more about this alcoholic drink. It is suggested that noting down specific points when you try a new bottle aids you in becoming a connoisseur.

Educate

You should endeavor to learn exactly which components make up a wine. It is quite clear that the main ingredient is fermented grapes, but you probably did not realize what the other four main components are; the attributes of acidity, tannins, alcohol and sweetness. These can vary depending on the vineyard, but it is important that you learn how to distinguish these attributes. Here is a list of helpful activities to train your palate to identify these four elements.

The other thing you should know is that they can be classified into one of nine types or styles, namely, sparkling white wine, aromatic (sweet) white wine, full-bodied white wine, light-bodied white wine, rose wine, full-bodied red wine, medium-bodied red wine, light-bodied red wine, and dessert wine. It would be useful to learn about the process of serving this delicate drink. There are customs and practices that should be observed, from choosing which glassware you must use for each specific type of wine, to the best temperatures at which to serve it.

As we have seen, reading books and using internet resources can all help. Sign up to a wine club which will teach you a great deal.  If you carefully follow our guidelines, as set out above, you are sure to be on your way as an expert in the field.