As a wine drinker, you probably know what wines you enjoy drinking. If someone asked you which varietal you prefer, more than likely you’d have an answer or two at the ready. While it’s great to have some favorites, it’s easy to get into a routine and miss out on some delicious wines.
This year, why not try expanding your taste? We have a few ideas that will motivate you to drink a little more creatively.
A favorite here at Regale Winery and Vineyards, a blind tasting is an excellent way to experience the subtleties of different wine varietals. Find a group of friends who are interested in learning more about wine and assign each person a different varietal. Each attendee brings their assigned bottle and the host conceals them (we like burlap wine tasting bags or using brown wrapping paper over the labels). Take turns pouring each wine and making guesses about the varietal and region. Then reveal the mystery wines.
Pro Tip: Want to make things a little more competitive? Assign points for each correct guess! The winner can take home another mystery bottle.
Change Up Your Shopping Routine
Each time you visit your local wine shop or winery, commit to purchasing one varietal that is new to you. If you typically go for a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel, try a bottle of Petite Sirah or Sangiovese. If you prefer whites, veer off the path of Pinot Gris and give a Chenin Blanc or Viognier a try. You may discover a new wine that you love!
Pro Tip: Have a conversation with the owner or winemaker. Explain what you typically drink and that you’re interested in trying something new. Chances are, they’ll have a great suggestion for you.
Find a group of friends who enjoy drinking wine and have each person host a region-themed wine night. Start with some of the essential regions, like Tuscany, Napa, Rioja and Bordeaux. Everyone who attends the region-themed event brings a bottle from that wine region. Spend the evening discussing the nuances of each wine, noting what you enjoy.
Pro Tip: Take it a step further by having each person bring a fact about the region.