Wine 101: Back to the Basics

Crystal Palate

Have you ever spent $25 on a highly rated bottle of wine that you really didn’t like? Have you spent more than $50 on a bottle of wine at a restaurant that didn’t live up to your expectations? Unfortunate wine decisions happen all the time. Let’s be honest, purchasing a new bottle of wine can be a gamble, but a little knowledge can go a long way in becoming a more confident consumer.

Of course, we all have that go-to wine, the one we love, or the one that’s simply safe.  If I can give you one piece of advice when it comes to wine, take a chance and drink outside the box!  As my mom always said, “try something new, you just might like it.”Wine 101

With thousands of grape varietals to choose from, it’s no wonder people get intimidated when perusing the sea of labels at their local wine store.  There’s white, red, rose, sparkling and that’s just the beginning.

If you go with a white – do you choose a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Viognier or perhaps a Muscadet? Or what about red?  Is it a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, or even a Malbec?  We haven’t even talked about Old World or New World – feeling dizzy yet?

It’s no wonder people feel like they have a case of vertigo when attempting to make a simple selection to go with the sumptuous dinner that awaits them. It doesn’t have to be that way. Wine doesn’t have to be Pandora’s Box. Your palate holds the key to unlocking the mystery and I would love to be your personal sommelier to help guide you in your wine journey.

Online Wine EducationI want to extend a special invitation for you to explore new varietals, regions and cultures through video tutorials, perfect pairings, tasting notes,  travel guides and so much more on my brand new digital wine channel. To kick things off, we are getting back to the basics with my wine 101 video series.

I am offering 50% off of our Annual Membership package for the first 250 subscribers!

Membership to Crystal Palate’s digital wine education channel quickly pays for itself. For less than a glass of wine at your favorite restaurant each month:

  • You’ll become a better taster
  • Feel more confident with your next wine purchase
  • Save time & money when selecting that next bottle
  • Impress your friends, family & colleagues with your new found wine knowledge

Want more personalized services? I am also offering a Premium Membership package. For less than a botte of wine a month, you will have unlimited access to all of our website content, plus you will have the added benefit of personalized sommelier services with your very own personal wine guide. Our exclusive Premium Membership includes (24) virtual consultations a year. Whether you need advice on what to serve for that next dinner party, help finding a specific wine or assistance navigating a restaurant wine list for your next big client event, I will personally respond to all inquiries within 48-72 hours.

To learn more about my wine education channel and wine events, visit my site at Cheers!