Getting Started — The 4 Things You Need to Know About Wine
by Tony Jacobson, 24 Mar 2014
Here are the 4 things you need to know to get you started with drinking wine:
Why do people make such a big deal about wine?
People are so passionate about wine because each wine has a story to tell. You can taste it. Drinking soda is pretty much always the same. But with wine you can sit around with friends and have a lot of fun discussing all the different aspects of a wine. Each bottle of wine has a story to tell. Here are the elements that give each wine its story:
- What kind of grapes were used to make it?
- Where did those grapes come from?
- What kind of climate does that place have?
- Was it a year with perfect grape growing weather or a bad weather year?
- What is in the soil where the grapes grow?
What are all the different kinds of wine?
There are 2 common kinds of wine that you probably already know of: red and white. But it is broken down in more ways than that. The 5 most common wine types are:
- Sparkling (Champagne)
- Pink (Rosé)
How do I pick something I'll like?
If you don't know where to start in finding a wine you'll like, here are a few different areas to explore:Flavor groups in Red WinesMost wine will fall into one of the above categories. So pick a category that sounds interesting and delicious to you. Then I'd recommend you go to a restaurant which serves wine by the glass. That way you can try several different wines without having to buy an entire bottle. Ask your waiter to recommend a good wine in one of the above groups. For example, say, "I'm looking for a good red wine that is Smooth and Supple."
- Light and Fruity
- Smooth and Supple
- Earthy and Spicy
- Big and Bold
- Light and Crisp
- Fruity and Smooth
- Rich and Creamy
How do I score a wine?
Its good to score the wine you drink. It helps you remember what is good and what to avoid in the future. You might think, "But I don't know how to score wine." Well, I have good news for you. Even if you've never tasted wine in your life you can easily and quickly score a wine with Winetracker.co. There are 4 different categories by which to judge a wine:
- Overall Impression
With our app app.winetracker.co, you'll have a beautiful visual history of everything you drank plus whether you liked it or not. Then you'll quickly get a sense for what you like and don't like and can find wines you'll love.
In the Winetracker.co app, each time you take a photo of a wine you can add a score:
Super quick and easy! Then you'll have a beautiful, full-screen, visual history of all the wine you've drank. Give it a try now at app.winetracker.co