The best way to learn more about wine is of course to jump right in and taste different types and styles. There are several ways (not including by yourself) to accomplish this task:

  • At a (wine) bar
  • With Friends
  • At a wine shop or other purveyor of fine wines and spirits
  • At a winery

Four of the five listed above involve friends.  Yes, wine tasting is a very social activity – and the social aspect very much enables one’s growth of wine IQ.  But two of the above methods are hands down better options for learning than the rest:  Tasting events at a wine shop and/or at a winery.

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Funny story.  Several years ago, a dinner guest brought over a bottle of wine. Of course, I didn’t open it and proceeded to stash it in my paltry wine rack.  It was a fine bottle of Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon (or some other “varietal”).

Several months later I pulled Mr. Shaw out of the rack on my way to a dinner party.  Up until this point I considered myself something more than a novice about wine.  Apparently not.   To my brief embarrassment, as noted by the odd looks I received, I quickly learned about Two-Buck Chuck. (more…)

I’ve always considered myself a beer guy.  Done the import, the microbrew and the homebrew thing.  And of course liked it.  I still do — but somewhere along the way I’ve found myself getting more involved with wine.  I believe wine, and knowledge of, provides a new and significant challenge for me (and, I assume to most others as well).

The immediate goal of this blog is to provide an outlet for my interests in learning more about wine and to pass along tips and advice for the everyday wine drinker.  If you’re interested in learning about different styles, regions, local wine tastings, great deals, great wine shops, etc. hopefully this will be the place for you.  It will not be, however, a place that will appeal to wine snobs.