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“Learning about wine is not so difficult”

April 24, 2014 | in News, Opinions

Spanish critic Caius Apicius argues that the only way to learn is to taste many wines. Besides, he believes that it is a mistake to rate a wine.

By Caius Apicius

How many manuals on “how to learn about wine” are published every year in the world?

Probably, they are so many. The truth is that when a topic becomes fashionable, there are an increasing number of experts seeing themselves forced to put their knowledge in writing to obtain a profit in return.

This way, there are more and more books explaining all the mysteries of wine. In general, people buy these books because they are interested in this issue. However, to know about wine enough to enjoy them in full knowledge of facts is not so difficult and it just requires a little attention.

There is only one way of learning about wine: to taste many and different wines, paying attention to their characteristics.

First of all, when we are in front of a wine, after having observed, smelled and drunk it, we have to decide whether we like it or not; as simple as that. In both cases, it is important to know why we like it or not.

Of course, you will be interested in knowing more about that wine, such as its origin, vintage, and the grape varieties of its composition. This way, if you drink it again, you would be able to recognize it. It is simpler than it seems.

Little by Little, wine by wine, you will remember the characteristics of those varieties. Most of wines in the world are made with a small number of varieties. If you are capable of identifying and remembering the most common such as Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it is enough to be an experts before your friends.

Gradually, you will broaden your knowledge and learning about other varieties that are not “world famous”.

After certain practice, you will see how the appearance of the wine will tell you about its age, express its origin on your nose, and display its terroir on your palate. You should only let wine speak for itself and “translate” its language into yours.

Once you have acquired this knowledge, don`t rate wines. It is difficult to understand the aspects that make a wine score 94 points and another, 93.

Wine is made to be enjoyed, especially, when we drink it with meals. Wine deserves to be commented, mainly when it is a good comment, but it is not worth rating it.

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