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Wine Resolutions

Wine Resolutions

Resolutions are an optimist’s game, but the new year does offer a nice starting point for doing something more (or less!), trying something different, making things better.

 

So with that in mind, here are some thoughts for enjoying wine even more in the next year.

 

  • Drink More

 

I don’t mean to suggest having five or six glasses with dinner instead of one or two.  But if you’ve got a lot of wine ageing in your cellar, only occasionally enjoying a bottle, well…why buy wine if it’s only going to sit around?

 

It is totally understandable that you might not want to pull out a $50 or $100 bottle just for an evening with take-out food.  But, hey, you cooked from scratch?  That $10 Chardonnay might make an awfully nice complement to the meal.

 

Also don’t overlook the BYO opportunity – many restaurants will open your bottle for you for a small corkage fee.  (Don’t forget to call ahead!)

 

  • Remember that the Sommelier is Your Friend


If you do buy off the wine list, remember that a good sommelier wants to guide you to a wine you’ll enjoy, at the price you want to pay, so don’t be afraid to ask for advice.

 

Not sure what to do?  Point to a wine you’re considering (this will give the sommelier an idea of your budget), describe what you usually enjoy drinking, and ask if s/he has any other suggestions.  Pay attention to the response (if it includes a quality like “earthy” that you don’t like, say so) and don’t hesitate to ask additional questions.  After a little back and forth, the odds are you’ll like what you pick.

 

  •  Buy What You Like


Scores, prestige labels and high prices are all well and good, but if you don’t like the wine, then none of that is relevant.

 

  • But Try New Things


There is a woman who hates white wine, but comes to my classes and gamely tries them anyway.  This isn’t to suggest you torture yourself – she happily does it for her wine education – but that you should be open to something new, be it a grape, region or wine style.  You may be surprised at what you discover – my student even found a white wine she loves.  (Well, okay, tolerates, but…success!)

 

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