you are a beginner, a fun and easy way to get to know different
wines is to visit a winery. Touring the wine country can be a great
California Wine Country
If you live
in California, plan to make it a weekend trip and stay in one of
the many charming inns along the way. The California wine country
is unlike any other area in the world. Come and see for yourself.
Drive to Napa or Sonoma on the northern coast, or go to the Central
Valley or Santa Clara Valley, or to Monterey, or make your way down
the southern coast to Santa Barbara.
There are about
750 wineries to visit in California, ranging from small family wineries
to ultra-modern wine-making facilities to the most romantic chateau.
The tasting room atmosphere is very relaxed and offers the perfect
setting to introduce the novice to the "art" of wine tasting.
For the experienced wine lover it is a great way to try out different
wines, and to purchase some bottles to add to their wine cellar.
Familiar with Wine
There is really
no great mystery about tasting and selecting wines. They are generally
evaluated by appearance, aroma and flavor. You will find out that
the more wines you sample, the better you will become.
There are many
other ways to become familiar with wines. Organizing a wine tasting
party with friends can be a lot of fun, especially with friends
who are already wine lovers. They can be helpful with the selection,
and perhaps contribute some of the wines from their own wine cellar.
A dinner party
would be even more perfect. Plan the wine you want to taste to complement
the dishes you are going to serve.
Or attend an
organized dinner party. Some can be quite elaborate when staged
in a beautiful setting. Usually they are multi-course affairs were
each course is served with a different wine.
On a simpler
scale, just visit a restaurant bar and try some of the many wines
available by the glass. Another way to learn about wine is to go
to wine tastings which are often organized by wine shops or wine
clubs, or pay attention to wine merchants recommendations, or purchase
a bottle and try it along with food, or sign up for a wine class
at your community college, or read up on the subject. The possibilities
of learning about wine are many and varied.