Wine can be a complex beast. And it can be a little intimidating, especially if you want to venture outside of your normal wine purchases. I understand there is a level of safety going into a wine store and buying something you know you will like. However, when that happens time and time again, you may want to try something different but are a little hesitant. It’s going to be OK. Here’a a few tips to help de-mystify wine so that you’re not so nervous about trying something new!
- What do you currently like?
When people tell me they are nervous about trying new wines, because they are afraid they won’t like it, and let’s face it, no one wants to pour their money down the drain. The first question I always ask is ‘Currently, what is your go to wine?’ If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, or you like Malbec, try that same grape from a different country or a different producer. In my opinion, that’s the first place to start. You can have a great time experimenting with how different winemakers work with your favorite grape variety.
2. Discover Your Wine Style
People who drink wine have a wine style. Some people, like myself, have several wine styles they enjoy. There are tests out there you can take to determine your wine style. Vine Pair, for example, has a test of 5 questions you can take to determine your style. Try https://vinepair.com/red-wine-match-quiz/ and see what you come up, and then give it a try and see if you like it.
I took it for fun, and keep in mind, I love many different grape varietals from different places globally. But based on the answers I picked, it suggested I try Syrah. I’ve had Syrah several times and love the spicy notes in a Syrah.
For me, going outside of my comfort zone for a Syrah would be heading to South Africa. In the past, I’ve had some not-so-great experiences with wine from South Africa, but lately I seem to be on a roll. The Pepper Pot is a Syrah blended with Mourvedre and Cinsault, and it is super smooth. Great fruit on the palate with the spice you would expect from a Syrah. This is a great wine and a reasonable price at just $22 a bottle.
My wine of the week is also a Syrah, this wine I tried was spectacular. Which brings me to another way to safely experiment with new wine
3. Check Out A New Wine in the Wine Taster
I have to take a brief moment and thank all the wonderful staff at the NSLC at the Larry Uteck location. Brenda, Heather, Amber and all staff make for a great buying experience . And a big thank you to Amber who let me try this wonderful wine from the taster last night.
I know my favourite wine store has tasters in them and it’s a trend I’ve noticed across the country. It’s a wonderful way for you to try a new wine before buying the full bottle. I have purchased many higher priced wines after trying them in the taster. Let’s face it, no one wants to spend $30 on a bottle of wine and not love it .
My wine of the week is $27 and worth every penny. Errazuriz is a vineyard started in 1870 and Eduardo Chadwick is a fifth generation winemaker. In the past he has teamed with legendary producer Robert Mondavi to make the Zena series of wine. All the wine coming out of Errazuriz is great wine and they have something in every price range. This Syrah is bold, lush and silky smooth on the palate.
Well, that’s it for me this week. If you try a new wine, would love to hear from you. You can post a comment below.
Till next week, Cheers