Its nice to see that the wine world seems to be coalescing around the same message to all consumers, as set forth by Master Sommelier Larry O’Brien.
1. Figure out what YOU like to drink and a little of how to describe it. Sometimes thats even just “I like brand x, do you have it?” Chances are we don’t but we’ll most likely be able to point you to something similar. And the other important thing is to trust your own palate, just because your wine buddy swears by Carignan from anywhere Carignan wasn’t meant to grow, fo
rget him and try some things yourself. You wouldn’t just listen to him if he was telling you that fanny packs were making a comeback, you’d try one on yourself and ask yourself “Is this working for me?”
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – I’ve been in wine over a decade and still very much enjoy listening to others speak on wine, and also really like having a good retailer
or sommelier make suggestions; we all work in wine because the pay and hours are terrible, but we like to talk wine, seriously just ask.
3. Try Something New – If you like one wine, find out where else this winemaker worked/works OR who is making wine next door OR what region is next to this one.
4. Try Something New – Yeah in the article it’s 2 and 4 but they are the same thing. I try lots of Cabernet I don’t like so it’s only fair you try a Pinot Noir that is outside your comfort zone. Often a good bottle in style you don’t generally like is still pretty good wine, and if nothing else it will light a buzz, drink up and get to a second bottle of something else the Odds are with you on this.
5ish . And technically this isn’t in the article or really a thing, so much as my own thing – When exploring wines, spend more than $15 and more regularly $20 for a bottle of wine. I know this isn’t economical for everybody, it’s not economical for me, and there are plenty of good wines for 15 or under for every day drinking. But if 20% of the time you were going to try a new wine, you were to drink some more beers and/or cocktails at home instead and spent the extra on wine the next time, you’ll thank me. Because if you try a $10 bottle of burgundy you are not going to like it, I guarantee it. (is there such a thing?)