Experimenting with Wine
July 27, 2016
We are certainly guilty of having a favorite wine that we purchase whether for home or at a restaurant, but trying new wines is the only way to discover wines that may become your new favorite. It isn’t just the brand of wine that you buy, but also the varieties of grapes that you choose. Sure, you may love chardonnay for your white or merlot for your red and that might be what you like the most, however, if you are willing to experiment, you might just find alternative choices.
Let us be clear, we are not wine experts and are definitely not wine snobs. We like what we like and are willing to pair wines with food based on our tastes and mood, not some contrived rule about what you’re supposed to have with certain foods. Red wine with fish, why not? If it tastes good to you then you should feel free to drink what you like with whatever you want. The same is true with trying different wines with different foods than you have in the past, you may never know what combination turns out to trip your flavor trigger.
One of the things that we did to try and help us grow our wine experience was to join a wine club. Obviously there are several out there, but most of them have reasonable prices and you can usually choose to get all red, all white, or a mix. We chose to get a mix of wines and the white wines will often contain a blush of some sort, which has changed our opinions on blush wines to some extent. We used to think that they were all too fruity, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case, we have found some of them to be more robust in flavor.
Don’t worry, we won’t be trying to tell you what wine to buy or trying to come across like a sommelier. Occasionally, we might let you know about a wine that we’ve found interesting, but mostly trying new wines is just something that we like to do for ourselves. If you like wine, try experimenting with different grape varieties, different brands, different flavor profiles, etc. Sometimes you’ll find some duds that you don’t like at all, but there will be other times where you’ll find that special wine that becomes your new favorite.