Yesterday someone mentioned a really interesting fact about wine. There are over eight million instances on Google search associated with the search “how to pretend to know about wine”. Before you run out and purchase wine for dummies or memorize key way to fake your knowledge about wine, consider this: Wine knowledge is now democratized and accessible to all. Not only is it easy to access learning about wine is easy, fun and it absolutely makes sense.
Take Advantage of Experiential Learning
Unless you have all manner of time in your hands reading about wines, particularly at 101 level can be taxing and complex. Without a hands-on introduction embracing concepts such as body, acidity, appellation and bouquet is very tricky and almost impossible when it comes to connecting ideas with practical concepts and sensory feedback. A wine tour; when planned correctly can serve as an immersive learning environment that can potentially replace endless hours of reading. Before you dive into a wine tour it is important to let your wine coach know that your goal is to increase your knowledge and fluidity about wines. Your Napa Private Tours Wine Coach will then select your wineries with a didactic objective in mind and will make it a point to share with you tidbits of knowledge that will equip you to move from faking it into really embracing a knowledge and love for wine
Learn About Wines in The Context of Food
One of the easiest ways to trigger recollection is to connect or associate what we are trying to learn with things we already know. All of us, at one level or another have familiarity with gastronomy. Learning wines as a pairing for food will help you identify the flavors you are passionate about and it will be useful for recall in a social context. You will for example recall that Cabs and fuller body red wines marry well with red meats. Your palate will connect the dots between a good Port and the flavors of sugared nuts and spices. Tell your wine coach about your favorite foods and he will make it a point to make dining recommendations that will expose you to culinary experiences that can be tied in with learning how to pair.
Make it a Social Affair
The best memories are those we make with friends and family. By learning together it sets the stage for incredible conversations as we recollect what we have learned and bounce ideas around. Involving someone you love in your wine learning tour results in double the fun. A beginners, intermediate or advanced wine tour with the objective of learning while having fun is a fantastic gift to share with those you love the most.
Celebrate Your Learning Milestones
Learning about wine is a addictive, fun and super engaging. Make it a point to mark your knowledge milestones with a celebratory bottle. If for example you just completed a tour to improve your familiarity with Pinot Noirs, let us help you put together a library case of Pinot Noir to take home and make it a party to mark your departure from fake connoisseur and arrival to a newly found passion for true, beautiful and simple knowledge of wine.
I look forward to helping you,