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In my latest column, I sympathize with those who are intimidated by wine — and offer some pointers to budding wine enthusiasts.
Intimidated by wine? You’re not alone.
Consider the prototypical wine connoisseur — swirling his glass, sniffing his wine, and blabbering on about some French chateau. He’s insufferable.
Or consider a representative tasting note. Wine Spectator recently praised a wine for offering notes of “creamy boysenberry, plum skin and cassis . . . [along with] hints of mesquite and grilled herbs.” They’re bewildering.
Add to that the number of wine regions, grape varieties, and production methods that oenophiles can easily rattle off, and it’s no wonder why so many people find wine so daunting.
Keep your chin up. Wine might be complex, but at the end of the day, it’s just fermented grape juice. And the best way to learn about wine is to drink it.
Check out the rest of the piece on Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine.