The leaves have turned and the weather has done the same – the holiday season is now upon us.   As if there weren’t enough reasons to drink wine already, the holidays offer an excellent, if somewhat challenging, opportunity to expand your wine experience and knowledge.

Family, friends, food and the general festive atmosphere offer perfect opportunity to enjoy all types of wine — everything from sparkling wine (e.g., champagne), to whites, to reds and dessert wines.   Perhaps the most challenging task will be what wine to pair with your meal, followed up only by what to bring to a (dinner) party, with the goal of helping yourself look smart while not breaking the budget. (more…)

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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