Wine Resolutions to Sip and Savor
As 2024 is just a stone's throw away, and I'm sure you're already contemplating your New Year's resolutions, how about adding some wine resolutions to further guide you on your journey in appreciating the world of wine? Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply a wine enthusiast, these resolutions will surely elevate your wine experience in the coming year.
- Explore the wine regions!
Given that there are Old and New Worlds of Wine, numerous wine regions exist around the globe. This signifies an abundance of wine bottles waiting to be explored and appreciated! Whether you're delving into the Old World of Europe, Asia, and North Africa or the New World of North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, this is the perfect time to broaden your palate and discover the rich diversity that the global wine landscape has to offer.
- Start collecting!
If you've been on the fence about wine collecting, the upcoming new year is the perfect time to start. Transition from being a wine enthusiast to a wine connoisseur as you expand your knowledge and collection throughout the year. Just make sure to set clear goals, conduct proper research, and invest in proper storage – you'll be a seasoned collector in no time. Embrace the journey with every new bottle that you collect.
- Get into cooking!
What better way to enjoy wine than with the perfect food pairing? It's also a fantastic opportunity to delve into cooking dishes you haven't tried before. Begin by exploring recipes that complement your favorite wines, and try your hand at whipping them up. Once you've become comfortable with those recipes, start experimenting with different flavors to discover even more wine pairings that go beyond the familiar ones we know!
- Learn the language!
It’s one thing to enjoy drinking wine, and it’s another to start learning the language surrounding it due to your love for the beverage. Since wine is both an art and a science, there are many terms, such as 'Botrytis cinerea' and 'chaptalization,' to acquaint yourself with. Why not begin reading up as the new year unfolds? For your initial learnings, Botrytis cinerea is a beneficial fungus that grows on wine grapes, enhancing sweetness and flavor complexity. On the other hand, chaptalization is the process of adding sugar to unfermented grapes to increase the alcohol content of the finished product.
- Share the love!
They say that the best way to show love is through sharing. As you go through your wine resolutions, invite your friends and family to join you on this delightful journey. Gather them on free nights and curate the experience with bottles that you think they’ll love. Showcase your newfound cooking skills with the right food pairings and share some interesting wine knowledge that you can discuss all through the night.