In this section you'll find what you need to get started enjoying wine
and sharing your enjoyment with others.
In his DVD one the subject of wine, John Cleese says that the high falutin'
language of wine sometimes seems to take on the "overbearing self
importance of a Wagner opera." I couldn’t have said it better (which is no doubt
why he is a successful comic writer, actor and producer and I am not.)
Wine knowledge is often used by insecure people. They use is it help
themselves feel better about themselves and as a weapon for belittling others
who they suspect know less. That's fine. Let those who will wallow in their
pettiness. We're going to be too busy enjoying ourselves to care.
The real point of learning about wine is to better enjoy it. Sure, there's nothing
wrong with impressing your boss or a date with your wine savvy --- that's all
part of the fun. But you can learn and enjoy and share without the
pretentiousness. If you're looking to become a wine snob, well, you've come to
the wrong place.
An introduction to what makes wine so enjoyable.
Things you'll want to look into in get the most out of wine experience.
An introduction to wine lingo with an emphasis on how to describe the
sensual experience of wine.
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Wine knowledge for the wine novice
Snob---noun. A person who believes himself or herself an expert or
connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful
of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this
field: a wine snob.
For a complete list
of tasting and other
terms, see the