When you go to buy or order a bottle of wine, do you
experience sweaty palms? Discomfort? Embarassment? You may be suffering from the anxieties of
the food & wine newbie. If you are a sufferer of this entirely all-to-common condition,
rest assured there is a cure for what ails you.
The beauty of wine - versus, let's say, organic chemistry - is that you really don't need to know
ANYTHING about wine to enjoy and appreciate it. It's delicious, something mankind has enjoyed for
centuries and even millennia, and early civilizations did not have a wine or vintage guide,
so neither do you.
Tip #1: Embrace your choices. If you
ever go to a store or restaurant that makes you feel bad about your wine knowledge - stop going
there! There are plenty of retailers and dining establishments that are very friendly and would
love your business.
Tip #2: When in doubt, ask. Your
waiter will be happy to tell you about a wine he or she tried recently that they think you'll
enjoy, and same for your wine store attendant. Tell them about other wines you like, and
they can recommend something in a similar style.
Tip #3: You've got to start somewhere. If you feel at an absolute loss, buy based on
whatever you are comfortable with. Whether because it has a neat label, or it's a brand you've
heard of - starting somewhere will help you build up a base of knowledge.
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