Rethink What You Drink

Now that Spring has sprung, it might be time to dust off your wine beliefs. Though you should always drink what you love, some misconceptions and practices should best be left behind.

Just get over it. Staying away from screwcaps and boxed wine? You’re missing out on a world of delicious, fresh wines ready for drinking now. Are labels or names all you’re thinking about? They’re not everything. It might be cute and fabulous or it might be clever packaging to hide an inferior product.

Be adventurous. Favorites play an important part in our wine lives, but promise to try different countries and varietals. Half bottles or wines by the glass at restaurants are the perfect opportunity to experiment without too much commitment. You may just discover you enjoy Roussanne more than Sauvignon Blanc, or Chilean Cabernets more than Californian.

Get it in writing. Keep track of the wines you’ve been drinking and note what you did or did not like. You can save labels, keep a journal, mark your receipts from the wine store—whatever makes sense for you. Having a record of your tastes will make choosing a wine easier, and you’ll know which ones to avoid.

Enjoy. Don’t overthink it. Taking wine too seriously may rob you of great pleasure. Have fun with it!

Molly Moran worked for several years in the restaurant industry and now is a wine peddler at Steve’s Wine Market.

Madison Magazine - April 2007
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