While New Year’s resolutions frequently involve promises of eating less, giving back more or finally kicking that terrible habit, it might be time to take a look at your wine routines and question whether they are in need of a shake-up of their own. If you think about your wine purchasing, education and consumption rituals and realize that you have not bought anything different, learned anything new or shared anything spectacular with friends or family, then you might in fact be stuck in a wine rut. Lucky for you, we are here to help; adopting these 5 simple and fantastic resolutions is certain to spice up your wine lifestyle, liberating you from monotony and reminding you about all of the possibilities and pleasures you once yearned to find in the world of wine. Here’s to a happy, healthy and fun wine new year!
Try Something New
People frequently get stuck buying the same wine over and over again because we become familiar with the region or the quality of a specific producer and are comfortable with the accompanying price. This year, break away from that Cult Cab or Australian Best Buy to try and find something new and different. Do some ratings research to determine other established and respected producers, or venture to countries such as Argentina and South Africa to discover your new favorite value wine. There’s so much fantastic wine available, why would you ever want to limit yourself? Be brave, and you might just be surprised at what you find!
Remember Your Successes
One of the largest obstacles that people come across is remembering what delicious wine was consumed at that friend’s party last week or even with last night’s dinner. Not everyone has a photographic memory, and remembering names of producers can be tricky business, especially if you’re new to the wine scene. Getting a wine journal can be a big help with this task. We recommend keeping a larger journal in the house that allows you to paste wine labels next to the item description and a smaller travel journal in your car or purse for when you’re out and about. It’ll also be extremely handy next time you go shopping.
Broaden your Knowledge
One of the great things about wine is that there is always something new to learn. Whether you are a connoisseur looking to know even more about your favorite beverage or a casual drinker that wants to be more confident in your food and wine pairings, it’s always a great idea to go back to school. There are a wide variety of wine education centers and universities that offer classes to interested individuals at all levels of experience and expertise. Learning more will not only enhance your appreciation, but will also make you feel more secure selecting wine while shopping or dining.
Share the Wealth
With your great new wine discoveries and broader knowledge base, it’s time to get the friends and family involved. Be sure to share all of your new findings with the ones you love. And, for those of you who have been holding on to a certain bottle for that “special occasion,” rethink your idea of what a special occasion is—maybe it’s just anytime you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by good company and conversation. There’s nothing like a good bottle of wine to bring people together for an unforgettable experience.
Most Importantly, HAVE FUN!
Don’t get caught up in price tags and labels. Change up typical food and wine pairings. Reach out to places unknown. Buy a bottle of wine that you know nothing about just for the learning experience. Remember that wine is something to be shared with those you love to bring pleasure and relaxation, not consumed alone in a basement cellar. Celebrate life and all of the joys that it brings. There’s endless potential out there to find great wine; this year, be proactive in that search and become the true wine enthusiast you know you are!