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How does a neophyte learn to appreciate wine?

Appreciation of wine as with music, or fine art, or dance, or great literature, is a most personal journey.

Take the emotional impact of a poem. It is lost on most who listen or read it, but for some, it registers deep within their soul. The selection of the perfect words in perfect combination, to impart its emotion on those who feel its impact is unlike any other experience in the world.

The poet is talking-writing, just to you. The poet has found your vulnerabilities and exposed them for all the world to read.

WineFine wine in many ways is much like poetry. It can be bold with upfront tastes of tannins, it can be subtle- it expresses moods, tastes, sensations, feelings-when you breathe it in, when you savor it and roll it around your mouth, when you sense the front of your tongue and each bit of it to the very back of your mouth. It can be absolutely dreadful and it can be amazing.

I have been a lover of wine for decades. I once attended school on wine and I once sold wine. I am still learning about wine and I always will be learning.

I have been asked how I can spend what I do for a bottle of wine. It is because I will keep each one until I assign it to be consumed at a special event that will live forever in my memory.

So how does one appreciate it? You cannot learn that. You will either feel it within, or you won’t.

You can read and learn all about wine. You can master all of its terms, and know which grape is grown where under what conditions. You can learn the names of those who make it. You can sample and taste and drink and hopefully enjoy, but even then you may not appreciate it.

Many very wealthy Chinese in China, started buying extraordinary Bordeaux- Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux, Haut-Brion, Lafite Rothchild, Chateau Mouton, because they could afford it- only to mix them with fruit juice because they didn’t like the taste. It was too tannic for their palate. What a waste by ignorant people trying to impress their friends.

Appreciation of most anything is a process, where, over time and with experience, you grow to love something.

I love classical music, but I am sure I miss much in its complexity; much of what it’s composer wanted me to feel. But I love listening.

I have come to more appreciate art and I have learned much about it as well. But I still do not appreciate much contemporary art. It may or may not impact me.

You can’t teach someone to appreciate art or music or literature.

You can impart knowledge about these and any other subject where someone is willing to learn about them, but you cannot make them appreciate them. As with love of another person, that is very personal.

What are your thoughts on appreciating wine- or anything else?

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Originally posted 2015-11-09 07:40:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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