The Most Important Rule of Tasting Wine...

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As a wine neophyte, my quest for knowledge began like many others before it. By typing "how to taste wine" into that blank little box we all too often toss our queries for knowledge into like a wishing well, I searched for the holy grail. I read, I discussed, and most importantly, I DRANK! Many bottles, clicks, and books later, I realized the truth behind tasting wine. Sadly, the minds behind Google failed me and the wisdom of the critics eluded me. It's not about palate, character, color, or even those sad tears of wine that collect on the side of the glass. The most important rule of tasting wine is to understand that wine is meant to be enjoyed as a condiment.

Like ketchup or even the stinky sauerkraut you put on a hot dog, wine is meant to compliment life... not consume it. Add it to a boring day, quiet conversation, or just a night of fun as casually and carefully as you would season a well cooked steak. To focus solely on a bottle would be to see everything else with blinders. Don't get me wrong, wine is awesome... but it is not alone. Once your wine compliments instead of consuming your experience, you can truly enjoy EVERYTHING it has to offer.

Try it next time you enjoy a bottle of wine....


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Craig said...

wisdom par excellence. Nice sweater btw!

Jainomo said...

I have to say that I respectfully disagree. Though I do agree that wine should not consume one's life, I wouldn't classify it as a "condiment." I would rather call it an experience. One is meant to experience wine. Well, that's my opinion anyway.

Sip with Me! said...

Very well said, Randy. And a great reminder about more than just wine. Cheers to you.

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