Wine is an excellent hobby, but it can also be a rewarding career. There are many opportunities in the wine trade. It’s a vice that, unlike other pastimes, pays well and is highly regarded by most American citizens.
We think learning about wine is one of the best decisions you have ever made. We were fortunate enough to experience it. It’s a noble profession that pays dividends for those who put their time into it.
Working in wine
First, we need to ask ourselves why we would like to work in wine. It is okay to be a bit silly or vain in your answer. Perhaps you’re a little star-struck by Manhattan’s sommeliers. Perhaps you have watched all 6100 Netflix wine documentaries. Perhaps you found yourself on the website of a wine school and realized that people make this a profession. You may love food and have realized that eating is only half of the story.
It doesn’t matter what brought you here. What matters is that you are here. It is never too late for you to get involved in the wine trade. Don’t worry, and there are plenty of opportunities for everyone.
Learn about wine
Wine knowledge is a combination of a variety of disciplines. History, geography, chemistry and enology will all be covered.
You will also need to learn how to use your palate properly. Each fine wine has a story to tell, but you need to recognize what you’re tasting.
We want to help you get started on one of the most challenging and exciting journeys in your life.
Stop by Your Local Bookstore
There are many great wine learning resources on the Internet. Learning the old-fashioned way is often more helpful. You can always go to Amazon if you have to.
A book for beginners, Wine For Normal People by Elizabeth Schneider, is a good place to start. Take notes and read the book to get an overview of the breadth and depth of the wine.
Once you have the basics covered, you can purchase The World Atlas of Wine from Hugh Johnson and make it your pillow. It would help if you made wine reading a regular habit. I don’t mean books like this.
Get some wine
Your local wine shop will be your favorite place to spend time. Take your time to find bottles from the areas you are currently studying.
Don’t buy the same bottle twice. There are too many options. It’s not about buying expensive wine; many great wines are cheaper than you might think.
Are you still in the store? Grab a pair of wine glasses. They’re an excellent investment that will make it easier to pick up aromas.
Taste, Taste, and Taste
I mean taste and not just drinking. Tasting wine is an art form. It’s a step-by-step process that uses all of your senses to help you appreciate it better. Understanding the cause and effect of every aspect of wine, including what you smell, taste, and see, is key to understanding it.
You can keep a wine tasting journal. Please write down your notes and check them now and again. What was the last time I had a similar tasting experience? You can find it all in your notes.
Visit a wine region
Pictures and books are fine. However, there is nothing more powerful than being there. Spread your arms, walk through a vineyard, take a stroll in a wine cellar and, most importantly, meet people. The best way to learn about wine’s subtleties is to taste it with the person who made it.
Look out for local restaurants. Understanding the local cuisine can help you understand the wines they produce. Make notes and improve your wine pairing skills right at the source.
Learn wine classes
A well-rounded education is essential. While you can read and travel as much as your heart desires, nothing will compare to the knowledge gained from a master sommelier. Take a few classes in wine on topics you are interested in and some you have never heard of.
You need to participate in a structured wine program such as the Core Wein Program. You will be able to expand your skills in ways you never imagined.
Learn how to become a wine instructor
It’s a great way to strengthen your knowledge by teaching others. Remember that experience is power. This can lead to snobbery. Keep your feet on the ground, and share your new knowledge with your spouse, friends, and colleagues.
Teach, but don’t preach. Remember when you didn’t know anything about wine. Always remember that wine’s true purpose is to bring people together. Your passion for helping others will take you to the next level.