1. Do a Blind Taste Test
There are many different types of tastings that you can do. Vertical versus horizontal, new world versus the old world, the choice is yours! If you are just starting out on your wine-learning journey, we recommend doing a horizontal tasting. Also, you can go to a wine club. However, a horizontal tasking helps you to get familiar with a specific grape. For example, you can choose Chianti wine and taste Chianti wine made by different vineyards, different years, etc, however always sticking to Chianti wine. You can do the same with Shiraz, Cabernet, pretty much whatever floats your boat! When doing the blind taste test, all you have to do is either cover the label by taping a piece of paper over it or even putting the bottles in paper bags for the most mystery! Make sure each bag or piece of paper is numbered so that you can take notes as you go. Invite over some friends for even more fun!
2. Join a Wine Club
With wine clubs, you have many options. Monthly clubs that send you a case of wine, clubs that send you wine from different regions or clubs that send you wine made from different grape varietals. Find the club that is right for you so that you can both learn and enjoy yourself! The great thing about a wine club is that the wine arrives automatically and usually the club will already provide you a sort of cheat sheet so you can study and understand the wine better as you are drinking.
3. Host a Wine Tasting Party
The best way to enjoy a glass of wine is amongst good friends, so why not learn something while doing it? Have each guest bring his or her favorite bottle of wine. That way there is the potential to experience all different types of wines from all different regions. Take turns going around and explaining why the wine you brought is your favorite and have everyone try it. You might learn more than you think amongst good company!
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4. Pick up the book, “Wine Folly” by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is the new wine bible! The book is fun and informative and not as heavy as your typical wine read. You can thumb through while sipping on your new favorite wine from your wine party!
5. Book a wine tasting tour with Florence Wine Tours!
You all knew this one was coming! Obviously we think the most fun way to learn about wine is a day on tour with Florence Wine Tours, tasting, touching and experiencing the wine-making process in person!
The tour comes complete with a cantina visit and generous Tuscan lunch and we honestly can’t think of a better way to brush up on our wine knowledge!