Contributing Guest Blog by Vino Latino
Wine can be intimidating. For some reason there are many in the wine industry who delight in making wine into something mystical and mysterious, pompous and elite, when in reality, it’s just fermented grape juice. Of course, depending on who ferments the grapes juice, what tools they use, and how much talent they have, the quality and price of wine can vary. Much in the same way as a painting, which is just canvas and paint, varies in quality and price depending on who holds the paintbrush. But rather than be intimidated by either, we should all be encourage to delight our senses in the talent of the artist (i.e. winemaker).
For those of you just getting started in wine our suggestion is to go wine tasting. Even if you can’t go to a winery, go to wine bar that specializes in small production wines. We do not suggest trying wine by buying random bottles. Here is the reason: If you don’t know much about wine and want to try it more than likely you’ll go to a store and by the cheaper brand with fun labels. The problem with is that those wines tend to be harsh due to how they are made (mass produced) and for many people the chemicals used to produce such a mass-produced wine will cause allergic reactions. People often come to me and tell me they only like sweet wines, but only because they haven’t tried a really great smooth fruit forward red wine. It’s understandable to not want to experiment with wine by paying $20 to $40 per bottle. Therefore if you go to a winery or wine bar, you are paying to taste a variety of higher quality wines and hopefully a little wine education along with it. This will give you a clearer picture of what you like and don’t like about wine.
At Vino Latino we will be offering in-home wine experience tasting kits that you can order direct from us. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter so you can be alerted when we launch this program. Until then, please feel free to visit our website and if you have any questions about wine send us an email on the contact page. We are happy to help you get started on your wine-drinking journey.