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10 Tips for wine beginners


For many of us, wine was divided into white and red. If you are starting your wine adventure, I want to present ten steps to start and move forward, without getting bored, enjoying the journey.

Wine is joy, pleasure and fun, but it is also science. Technical aspects are very important for wine professionals, such as winemakers and sommeliers, but you too can prepare and organize your education in a perfect balance between study and entertainment. Science, of course, can also be fun.

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1. Write down

If you want to learn about the world of wine, I recommend starting with a notebook for your notes, observations, and comments on your tastings and experiences. Not only will they order their new knowledge, but they can also draw, paste photos of the wines or labels and even stain pages with drops of the best wines they taste. And when you visit a vineyard, keep vine leaves as a reminder of the origin of the wine.

2. Find information

They don't need to buy every wine book they can find. To get started and not go crazy, study step by step. If you wish, buy a very general book (tasting, strains, main origins, etc.). Do not hesitate to use the internet to get new information. My advice is: start with articles dedicated to basic wine topics and as a next step follow blogs or pages dedicated to tasting notes. In this way they will become familiar with the wine vocabulary and will structure their knowledge to better understand the tasting notes.

3. Taste

There is no better way to learn than to taste wines, observe, analyze your impressions and compare. So the most basic thing is to learn the basic rules of tasting. For that, you have to follow its stages, from the appearance of the wine, its aromas to the taste or flavor. Write down in your notebook the tasting steps, which aspects you need to pay attention to and the recommended vocabulary to describe the wines. Then do a tasting with those notes in hand until you feel comfortable with the tasting. Invite your friends to have wine tasting tours in Hunter Valley today!

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4. Share

Wine is definitely to share and enjoy. When we taste with other people we learn much faster. It's great to take part in a wine course, exchange views, and include friends and family in your education. Organize tastings at your home. It is not enough to memorize the vocabulary and the tasting steps, above all you need to train your nose and palate.

5. Distinguish

The appreciation of a wine is definitely a matter of personal taste. Over time they will find out what their favorite strains and styles of wine are. But it is very important to be able to distinguish when a wine is made correctly. That's why first of all they need to know the most popular strains (their aromatic profiles, structure and flavor), different styles and origins, and their personalities. This way we can understand a wine and know what are the factors that can tell us if we are not looking at a good bottle.

6. Buy

Always keep an open mind. Don't blindly follow scores, rankings, or price factors. Try to taste many wines, without prejudice. When buying wines for your tastings, look in specialized stores, but do not be afraid of the offer in supermarkets either. It is also important to know what are the optimal conditions to store your bottles at home. Remember: a bottle should always be lying down, in a dark place and without sudden changes in temperature.

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7. View

There is nothing better for a beginner than seeing a vineyard. If you can, try to visit a vineyard as soon as possible. Your level of knowledge does not matter. This visit will bring you a lot. First, it is an unforgettable experience to see the vines, barrels and bottles. Second, it is very educational to be able to participate in a tasting led by a sommelier or winemaker. And third, in this type of technological tours they can taste various wines, ask about them, hear opinions of other visitors and, above all, enjoy them. Book now!

8. Experiment

Memorizing all the available wine books does not guarantee them a good education. That is why I recommend you use all your senses to achieve practical knowledge:

  • When studying tannins, try walnuts or black tea to understand its texture.
  • If you want to understand how wines react with food (sweet, salty, spicy, bitter and umami) prepare products that contain these flavors and try them with wines
  • In order to delve into the aromas of the wines, smell all the products at home, from flowers and spices, to woods, coffee, nail polish, etc.
  • Use your visual memory by preparing scent charts, pictures, and maps. That is essential when studying about strains, regions of the world and styles of wines. Each wine is distinguished by its brand, origin, variety, oenologist and pairing.

9. Compare

To learn about recommended serving temperatures and glasses for each strain and / or style it is very important to read what the theory tells us. But it is even easier when they learn firsthand. Serve a glass at room temperature and then chill the bottle. And compare! I assure you that with this experience you will not forget the correct temperature to better enjoy this strain.

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10. Test

Don't forget to be methodical and always focused. Find your own approach to the topic and be consistent. When you have a glass of wine in hand, even in social situations, it is good to create the habit of taking a minute and concentrating all your attention on the appearance, aromas, flavors and harmony of the wine.

You have probably heard many times from friends and experts that "the wine you like is a good wine." Or "that the bottle that is finished first is the best of the night." This is true. Do not forget that wine is a lot of study and dedication, but it is also a playful and pleasant activity. "I like it or I don't like it", that is the question. Contact Hunter Valley Tours today to experience the best known wine region!

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