I have taken months of wine courses. I took them because to be a server at the top restaurants in a growing city, you have to know your wine. I have taken a few key pieces of knowledge from these courses and I thought I’d share them with you:
- If you like red wine and you’re on a budget, always buy Cabernet Sauvignon. This grape is incredibly difficult to ruin. While there will be variety in quality, you won’t get a bad bottle of 100% Cabernet. It’s like Cabernet is the endorphins of the wine world — people who know this trick just don’t drink bad wine or kill their husbands — they just don’t!
- If you see a California 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon bottle — buy it. You always hear about “that was a good year” well, 2012 was a great year for California.
- If you like a butter bomb Chardonnay, you like California Chardonnay. Don’t ask southern France to ruin what is good just for your perverse butter and cream desires.
- On the other hand, if you like light, acidic, juicy white wine — look to Southern France. They make this wine because this wine goes with their rolling hills and sharp waves. This is summery outside wine.
- Most importantly. Drink what you like. Don’t let the winos get you down or judge you.
These are things I really like knowing, and really help me in the grocery store, so I thought I’d share.