Steps to Becoming a Wine Connoisseur

The wine world is filled with many exciting terminologies, rituals, and etiquette, making it hard not to fall in love. If you’re a strong lover of wine, you’ve probably thought of becoming a connoisseur. Luckily, you don’t have to be a wine-maker to become one. All you need is a few wine bottles, a notepad, and the willingness to know all about the intricacies of the wine world. Here are five significant steps to becoming a wine connoisseur. 

Build Your Wine Knowledge

The first step is to start from the basics, which is to build a solid knowledge base. This starts from learning the 5 S’s of drinking wine: see, swirl, smell, sip, and savor. Beyond this, you need to understand wine terroir, the climate, soil, and biodiversity where the grape vines grow. Wine knowledge also covers the correct use of wine glasses. When using a wine glass, it’s best to pick it up from the stem rather than the glass bowl.

Learn From Others In The Wine Community

It’s great that you’re filling your notebook with the knowledge you gained. However, you can complement this with knowledge from people deeply entrenched in the industry. One way to go about this is to attend wine-tasting events and classes. 

Cultivate Your Taste

The best way to learn more about wine is to cultivate and train your taste buds. This starts from doing as many wine tastings as you can. If you need clarification about where to start, go to a wine shop and ask for recommendations. Joining a wine-lover group will also help you learn from different perspectives. 

Develop Your Palette

Now that you’ve cultivated your taste, you must take things up a notch. This involves exploring different grape varieties and learning various wine styles. Some wine styles include sparkling wine, rose wine, and dessert wine. Another thing to consider at this stage is building a wine vocabulary to help you navigate various aspects of wine tasting.

Level Up

Being a wine connoisseur isn’t about stacking up your wine knowledge base. You can take things further by becoming a certified sommelier or wine expert. You can explore many wine education institutes to get your certificate. 

Visit Bar Vlaha in Brookline, MA 

The wine world is a bundle of many beautiful etiquette and practices that make becoming a wine connoisseur exciting. All you need is to start from the basics by building your wine knowledge by visiting Bar Vlaha in Brookline, MA, indulging in our Greek wine and cuisine while learning how to pair your wine properly. 

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