The First Lesson I Learned In A Wine Store

You wanted to buy wine but you are not sure what to pick. It’s not like picking a soft drink or beer that everything will taste the same all the time. Each bottle of wine that you pick will have a different taste. The task is very intimidating. I remember the first time I went inside a wine store. While it looks amazing, I felt so small among the shelves of wine that is towering over me. I had no idea what to pick. What I know is I have this x amount of money to buy something to pair with my home cooked steak.

I raked my brain for any wine ad I could still remember. Ok, I should have researched, but that steak was a spur of the moment thing, too. So I just went to the red wine section and grabbed a bottle that my money could afford. It turns out; it was not the perfect one for my food.

So let’s save you from the mistake and go straight to the lesson. The key takeaway from this experience is not to be afraid to ask questions. The wine merchant knows about his merchandise, so make use of his expertise. I am sure he will be happy to welcome a budding wine enthusiast to his shop. Had I asked, “Would you suggest a nice wine pair with my steak at this price point?”, I would have enjoyed the wine experience better.

But I wouldn’t call what happened a mistake because it led me to explore more wine varieties and discover which I loved and which I will charge to experience. Start with cheaper versions of wine and take it a notch higher once you have the funds. Be adventurous but don’t forget to drink responsibly. It will be fun to share the adventure with a friend, too.