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learning about wine by tasting

blackplatano | Nov 11, 2008 09:51 PM

I'm reading "Great Wine Made Simple" by Andre Immer. In the book, she suggests the reader taste 6 wines back to back in order to taste the differences. Then she suggests tasting 2 rieslings (a dry and a sweet) to know the difference in dryness, 2 sauvignon blancs (high acid and low acid) to taste for crispness, 2 chardonnays to taste oaky-ness and lastly a low tannin pinot and a high tannin Cab. That's a total of 14 wines and that's only the first two chapters...

Now this is my situation; I want to taste the wines in order to expand my knowledge but it is increasingly hard for me. For one, I am in college and 14 bottles of decent wine does not come cheap. Also, getting a group of friends to participate and split the cost is also difficult because all of my peers rather get wasted off redbulls and vodkas. So that won't happen. Are there any wines sold in tiny sample sizes or something? I've though about maybe going to a wine tasting, but I'm still 20 and that would be an issue.

The other thing is that next january I'm studying abroad in France and wanted to learn as much as possible about wine so I could go over there with some basic knowledge. that is why I am reading that book. What should I do?

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