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Wine 101: How to become a wine connoisseur

You won’t become a wine expert within a few weeks, but by learning about the basics, you’re sure to experience new flavours and get an insight into the world of wine. I decided to follow the footsteps of real wine connoisseurs. Read on to find out what I learned along the way.

I’m the kind of person who picks wine based on its price and label. I never go for the cheapest or the most expensive bottle. I know what I like, but I don’t know how to describe it. And sadly, I’ve come to realise that only because it has a pretty label or I’ve seen it in my mum’s wine cellar, a wine isn’t necessarily tasty, let alone of good quality. I admire wine connoisseurs – in fact anyone who can tell a good from a bad wine and knows the right terms to describe the difference. Doesn’t this just seem really sophisticated? My personal range of describing wine stretches from «mmh, nice» to «not my cup of tea» – and I use vocabulary such as sweet, earthy or bitter. That’s all I know. Anyone who’s able to identity and describe wine aromas has my greatest admiration.

Don’t worry, it took me many hours of researching, reading and talking to experts who really know what they’re talking about – the type of connoisseurs who use hundreds of adjectives to describe wine.

I enjoy a glass of wine every now and then and love discovering new wines. That’s why I set out to explore a range of aspects surrounding this popular drink. I’d like to share what I learned with you, so here’s my personal «wine 101».

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Tanja Schütz, Zurich

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Travelling to exotic countries, trying out yummy recipes and enjoying mild summer evenings with friends and family is what makes me happy. At work, I take care of the culinary department; at home, I’m an avid amateur chef. What’s more, I love the outdoors and seeking new impulses that add colour and joy to my life and the lives of others.


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User patricksteam

Meiner Meinung nach wird zu viel Tamtam um Wein gemacht. Die meisten Leute die so schmucke Beschreibungen (wie du das nennst) hervorbringen, die haben eigentlich selber auch keine Ahnung. Sie tun sich wichtig und meinen man wirke gebildet wenn man ein wenig schlürft und wichtig drein schaut.

User Tanja Schütz

Ich gebe dir da sogar teilweise recht. Für mich war es dann aber doch sehr spannend, die Vielfalt zu entdecken und viele verschiedene Aromen zu schmecken, die mir zuvor nicht bewusst waren. Auch weiss ich jetzt in etwa, nach was ich im Regal greifen muss, damit es mit den Speisen harmonisiert. Mir macht's jedenfalls Spass :)