Wouldn't it be nice to go to any fancy restaurant and be able to choose between their many wines with expertise and ease? A lot of people wish they could easily choose a vintage that would go perfectly with their chosen dish and that they would enjoy. However, choosing between wines is not like choosing between colas or other beverages as there are thousands of varieties and labels from which to choose.
Being an expert on wines may take some doing; there are those who go to school for years to study about them in order to make a living as a steward. You don't need to do this if you simply want to make a better educated guess about wines when in a restaurant or when you want to purchase something to enjoy at home. Just a little bit of knowledge about what to expect and what goes into making various wines can go a long way in help you to make a good decision.
Understand the Differences
What makes all those wines different from one another? They are all named after the grapes that make up the majority of their composition; hybrids or more than one variety of grape put together is called grafting. This is why you have red or white wines as you have red or white grapes, and names like pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon refer to types of grapes.
Grapes have a wide variety of tastes depending upon their variety, and understanding this will give you a good understanding about the taste of wines. Grapes can be very sweet or can taste somewhat dry; the way they are fermented will also affect their taste as will outside factors such as the weather conditions when they grow. Typically the better and more expensive wines are those made from vineyards that are located in places that are ideal for grapes to grow, such as in France, northern California, and even Australia. The climates of these areas are typically better than those in other areas which is why wines made from vineyards located here are typically more tasteful.
Experiment and Get Recommendations
One thing you can do when trying to learn more about wines is to experiment and get some recommendations. Do you prefer a drier taste or something richer and sweeter? Research which types of wines may fit your tastes and then try those as much as possible. Make notes regarding the tastes and how you enjoyed them, and also note the foods you're having as well.
When you buy wines online or join a monthly club, you can get recommendations from those who run such websites and this can be a tremendous help. You may even be able to narrow down your selections according to your own tastes and have only those wines sent to you. But if you try some new selections or allow them to make recommendations for you, you may be surprised at how much you enjoy those new tastes.