Learning about wine should be fun and delicious! Discover 5 of the best ways to grow your wine knowledge.
Even if you’re not trying to become a sommelier, increasing your wine knowledge can be incredibly rewarding!
First, it’s simply one of the most delicious hobbies you could have. Think about it! In order to learn about wine, it’s pretty much required to actually drink wine. Oh, shucks 😉
Second, the world of wine is fascinating. It goes back thousands of years, there’s subtle differences in wine from various regions, then there’s the vast world of wine pairings, and…honestly, we could go on and on. Suffice to say that there’s always something more to learn about wine, and that’s a good thing!
Lastly, wine brings people together. Yes, you could learn about wine and study all on your own. However, wine is meant to be shared. It’s about celebrating special occasions or even just celebrating being alive. Plus, some of the best ways to learn about wine involve socializing with other people.
So, if you’re interested in learning about wine for ANY reason, here are five of the best ways to get started.
Join a Local Wine Group
This is a great idea for so many reasons. First, if you’re new to the area, it’s a phenomenal way to meet new people who have a similar interest. Second, they likely know some of the best places to get wine locally whether it’s from a nearby vineyard, restaurant, etc.
Websites like meetup.com can help you find nearby local groups. Local wine shops may have a message board with notices about clubs, or you could even ask a local winery for information. They may already sponsor or support local wine clubs that are looking for new members.
A particularly useful tip is to check out your local art scene! Local artists sometimes host Paint-and-Sip events where people can have fun expressing themselves through art while sipping on their wine of choice. While these are generally more about having fun and less about learning about wine, they’re still a great way to get involved in the community while drinking wine.
Start a Monthly Wine Tasting Event with Friends
If you’re hesitant to join a group of strangers, then there’s nothing wrong with getting a group of friends together. Not only is this a great excuse to socialize, it’s sometimes a little less intimidating practicing new wine tasting skills around people you already know.
If you simply want to have a monthly wine tasting for social purposes, that’s fine! However, you could also plan out specific events to help you all get experience cooking with wine, practicing wine pairing, and even learning the 7 S’s of wine tasting.
You could take turns hosting, there could be a different theme each time, etc. Get creative and have fun!
Visit a Local Winery
If you’re interested in what goes into actually making wine, then visiting a local winery might be a great option.
These establishments often host public wine tasting events where people can try locally produced wine. The vintner should have in-depth knowledge about the vineyard where the grapes came from, the specific process used to create any featured wines, details about vintages from the area, etc.
Take a Wine Vacation!
The next time you take a vacation, consider touring vineyards and wineries in specific wine regions! Even if you don’t opt for a multi-day tour through an entire region, checking out a quick wine tour near your vacation spot is a great way to learn about the terroir of that particular area.
If, however, you want to really immerse yourself in the wine culture of somewhere like California or Italy, it may be worth booking ahead so you can plan out your itinerary. There are even places that help you plan and book so you get the best experience possible. It may take a bit of research, but it will absolutely be with it!
Join a Wine Subscription
If all of these options seem like too much effort, then the simplest option is to join a wine subscription.
First, a monthly wine subscription allows you to get wine shipped right to your door. That way you don’t even need to leave your house! Second, you can do a bit of research before your wine arrives so you’ll know what sorts of tasting and aromatic notes to look out for, you can plan meals around your wine selections, etc.
Plus, wine subscriptions generally give you a better deal compared to purchasing single bottles. Basically, the more wine you order, the better deal you get. And with the holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect time to subscribe and save.
Learn About Wine and Have Fun!
The best part of all of this is that you can love and learn about wine without having to pass any exams (unless you’re trying to become a professional sommelier, that is). No matter what, just make sure you’re enjoying the experience.
If you’re ready to get started today, consider joining SECCO Wine Club so you can try several low-carb, natural wines. Having wine delivered right to your door is the safest, easiest way to sample a variety of wine so you can test your wine tasting skills today. Plus, don’t forget to tag us in your SECCO Wine Club posts on Instagram for a chance to be featured in one of our stories!