Before I studied wine, I really found it hard to find great wine. There was a bottle of Fleurie I loved when I wanted to splash out. And I knew that I liked Cotes du Rhone, even though I swear they weren't as good as they once were.
Occasionally, I'd decide to splash out. "I'm going to buy something really good today" and aim to spend about £20. Almost always, I was disappointed and it didn't feel twice as good as something that was £10.
All of that changed when I started studying wine.
So why learn about wine?
- You'll find wines you never knew existed – I never used to drink white wine as thought it all tasted like sauvignon blanc. Turns out there's hundreds of white grapes and I love most of them.
- You'll enjoy every bottle more – even if something isn't to my taste, I can find enjoyment in exploring something new.
- Your go-to wines will be better – because you'll have a better understanding of what you like and how to find them.
I created Wine List with the goal of making wine knowledge as accessible and fun as possible. While I studied a professional course, I think for the most part you can learn the key things in a more casual way. Our wine subscription is here to help with that.
So what are a few ways you can start learning?
- Taste more actively – really think about what you're drinking. Smell it, consider it, taste it, draw a conclusion about it. (Our tasting cards are designed to help here)
- Learn the basic vocabulary – we hate jargon, but there are some words that are useful to learn. Armed with a few of them you'll be able to articulate what you love (or hate) about a bottle.
- Step out of your comfort zone – try wines you've never even heard of so you can explore more.
Want to start learning? Sign up today with code EACHBOTTLE to get £20 off, spread over your first two purchases.