When it comes to wine, I have so much to learn. Sometimes just knowing what I don’t know is completely daunting, but I power through my anxiety and try to gather as much information as I can. Luckily for me, and for all of us, there are a lot of different ways to gather wine intelligence.
The best way to learn about wine: Drink it. F&W wine editor Ray Isle’s piece on the classics is an excellent place to begin. The 50 bottles he picks are benchmarks for the world’s best regions and grapes, so if you taste them and pay attention to their differences, you’ll have a wonderful education. (Ray will also be teaching in person at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, October 8–11; for information, go to nycwineandfoodfestival.com.)
Then you could move on to learning how to match wine with food. Our story “15 Rules for Great Wine and Food Pairings” teaches some basic principles. They’ll allow you to go into a restaurant and, without embarrassment, make an assumption about how Cabernet will taste with lamb chops, for instance. (The answer: It will be terrific!)