Are you feeling lost, overwhelmed, or confused over how to select + taste wine? Rest assured, you've found the right place to begin your new wine story.
Are you ready to get started on your new wine journey?
Improve your wine smarts + develop your palate
Language of Wine Course for Beginners
Join me as I share my MW perspective on the language of how to taste and describe wines. In this series of 3 classes you will learn about the main grapes and styles as we taste examples around the world.
In this foundation course, we explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings.
with your local wine retail shop. Ditch trying to navigate chain or supermarket-style stores who purchase wines at a corporate level and instead connect with retailers who individually taste and select the wines they sell. They are an invaluable free resource for wine and can help you hand-select wines you love so you don't waste money on wines you don't like. Download Lindsay's local list of retailers.
Do comparative tastings
Select two different wines of the same general style (red, whites, etc) to taste against each other. This will help you see the differences and grow your palate faster.
Be bold and try new wines
This is a biggy. If you are constantly buying one brand or style of wine (say, only Cabernet or Chardonnay), your palate's growth will be limited and slower. Instead, venture out and try wines you've never tried nor can pronounce. The more "tasting reference points" you can gain by tasting different wines, the faster your palate will evolve. Be brave!
Make a list
Fastest and easiest way to start building your palate's tasting memory is by using training wheels. This means instead of trying to blind taste, come up with a list of the main grapes and their common attributes then taste the wines while looking for those main attributes. Download Lindsay's here.
Self-study is the slow way
You will spend more money and time going at it by yourself. Invest in some wine courses and classes to help get you going in the right direction.
Keep an open mind
I hear many beginner students claim they dislike xyz grape(s). Keep an open mind as there are many different style variations of certain grapes or regions to discover.