This time of year, lots of predictions are being made about the state of the wine world in the coming year (we’ve even done a bit of that here!). But the truth is that none of that matters all that much if consumers don’t pay attention to what they drink. It’s way too easy, after all, to simply pop the cork on whatever bottle of wine you have at your disposal, drink it without much thought, and move on to the next one.
Of course, you don’t want to obsess over every wine you drink--some of the most enjoyable ones don't really stand up to that kind of scrutiny--but you should pay attention every time you open a bottle. That, in turn, will increase your basic wine knowledge, which will lead to greater enjoyment of everything you try.
Last week, The Washington Post ran an interesting piece on improving your wine IQ. The article is linked up right here, but the overall advice is broken down into these five categories:
- Start a wine club
- Explore your favorite wine variety
- Get to know a wine retailer
- Attend a wine dinner
- Drink locally when you travel
Following this advice alone won’t turn you into a wine expert, but it will help you become a more knowledgeable wine drinker, and that leads to more pleasure in the long run...which is what it’s all about.