9 May 2014
I was not a wine enthusiast until two years ago, when I moved to California, the land of great wineries. I used to drink wine occasionally, when I was single and living in Vancouver. Back then, when I was in a party or going out with friends, I would rather have a beer or a glass of whiskey instead of wine. My mentality about wine was different from what I have now. I used to prefer stronger drinks, as it took too long for me to feel wine's effects, which not the right mentality. I simply didn't know how to enjoy and indulge in a glass of wine, how to taste the variety of rich, subtle flavors all in one sip. All I knew about wine was that white wine goes with seafood and red wine matches with red meat.
I this essay, I explain how I became a wine enthusiast.
Here in California, I had the opportunity to live close by some friends and relatives who knew about wine, and they educated me on how to enjoy wine. Since then, I became a wine fanatic. Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate good music or art in the sense that the pleasure you receive is consistent with the effort you put in. You need to tune your senses to better understand and enjoy the details of each wine. In that sense, everything starts with the sense of smell. Once y learn how to give wine a good sniff, you will detect the hidden flavors in your glass. This was exactly what wine specialists do, which I first learned when I experienced wine tasting with the professionals at the Robert Mondavi winery in Napa...