I hate to say it but the wine industry has done a big disservice by making many of us feel intimidated by wine. They tell us that wine X is horrible, and if we like it, we’re losers. They tell us that wine Y is phenomenal, and if we don’t like it, we’re losers. Essentially, they tell us that we’re not worthy if we’re not wine experts.
As a wine consultant, I have the privilege of helping demystify wine. How do I do that? One sip at a time! During my wine tastings, I share a number of tips that are meant to demystify wine.
A Sampling of My Tips
- I walk people through the wine tasting steps.
- I go through some fun wine basics.
- I highlight the fact that wine is fermented grape juice. Nothing more. Nothing less. Even when you taste apple and pear and lemon in a wine, it’s still just fermented grape juice.
- I tell people to honor what they like. Don’t worry about what the pundits say.
- I point out that whether you know a lot or a little about wine, every sip is a learning opportunity. What do you smell? What do you taste? How heavy does the wine feel in your mouth? Does the wine have an oily sensation? What foods does it pair well with? Does the taste change from the beginning of the taste to the end? Is there a long finish? Etc.
If you would like to join me in my wine-demystification journey, I would love to have you join my team as a wine consultant. I’ve been a wine consultant now for 10 years, and it is by far the best “job” I’ve ever had (it’s hard to call it a job). If you’re interested in learning more, please check out my wine consultant page.