Five grape ways to sharpen your wine skills

We all know the best way to learn about wine is by drinking it, but we thought we’d provide a few other ideas to learn about the many varieties of vino! Here is a list of educational and creative ways to fine-tune your wine expertise.

Tip #1

To start to build up a list of your favourites or go-tos, keep a wine journal. As you are sipping away take notes and photos of your favourite wine types/labels, so you won’t forget where to get that particular bottle.

Tip #2

The right or wrong glassware?
Did you know using the right glassware improves the taste of wine? Red wine requires a glass with a larger opening at the top to allow the wines aromatic compounds to release. White wines often need a smaller glass to preserve the delicate and subtle aromas.

Tip #3

Pair your wine with the perfect snack
Every wine day must be accompanied by some scrumptious snacks. Cured meats and cheeses are a given and when enjoyed with the right glass of wine can balance the palette. The acidity of the wine works well to soften the salty flavours from the food and refresh your tastebuds. For a few snack ideas, consider these options:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec: try raincoast crisps® fig and olive with camembert and capicola
  • For Malbec, Syrah and Prosecco: Try raincoast crisps® wild blueberry and almond with burrata and blueberry compote
  • For Bordeaux and Sauvignon Blanc: Try raincoast crisps® rosemary raisin pecan with avocado and salami

Tip #4

Enroll in a virtual wine class or tasting
To gain a deeper appreciation for wine, consider taking an online wine class or virtual tasting. Listen in as experts take you through the different wine grapes and flavour profiles so that you’ll be prepared to wow guests with your knowledge at your next virtual happy hour.

Tip #5

Read a book about wine
Learning more about wine is something you can do from the comfort of your own home. Pick up a book that intrigues you and pour yourself a glass as you read. Some basic knowledge about regions, varietals and what you are tasting can make you seem like a real pro. Check out Wine Folly for an introductory book on wine or The Oxford Companion to Wine which outlines over 4,000 entries on wine-related topics such as regions, grape varieties etc.

So, give these tips a swirl and if you’re looking for some additional inspiration, check out our pairing guide!

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