I went back to school today for the first time (working toward a masters) in over a decade. While sitting in class I thought about how one’s views on various subjects change with exposure to new ideas, methods, examples or even due to  an association with someone who feels a certain way.

    My point being that if you let yourself be exposed to new wines you most assuredly will have your view on wine evolve.

    There is no wrong opinion on which style of wine tastes the best to you. They are your taste buds and the  pleasure you derive is your own. I am only attempting to convince you to try new things to see if your wine choices  might change in what you would say was positive.

    I’ve noticed that people who haven’t decided to pursue an understanding of wine have an unwavering stylistic tendency. They often enjoy full bodied red wines and plump & buttery white wine.

    I’ve interacted with people who drank the same style of wine for years and then decided to do something that prompted a shift in what they enjoy.

    The impetus for stepping off the yellow brick road was very often a friend or family member who is a wine aficionado. This friend often has a fiending behavior toward new wine varietals or labels.

    Other catalysts for trying new styles of wine were–traveling to wine centric countries–wine tastings–wine dinners with pairings and special events, to name a few.

    Regardless of the reason the effect is generally the same, and that would be a progressive change in the type of wine they might be enthralled by.

    One of the most common changes is a desire for complexity.

    When you bring your mind into wine tasting a monochromatic wine just doesn’t cut it.

    To give a metaphor to put it into perspective.. Imagine the wine style most people start with is a ‘text conversation.’ A graduate’s wine is ‘a conversation with someone in person.’ The ‘text’ wine loses the tonal inflections, the facial expressions, and the overall body language.

    A big fruit forward wine slaps you in the face and never changes. A complex wine gives your mind something to think about. What vegetal, fruit or earthy characteristics is the wine exhibiting? Where is it from? What varietal(s) might it be?

    When people experiment with wine styles they also grow accustomed to a higher level of acidity and a lower level of alcohol.

    Acidity keeps a wine balanced offsetting the fruit, body and tannins making it a more complete wine.

    Unless acid is added, the mere presence of strong acidity is enough to denote a lower alcohol level. Naturally the higher acid, the lower the alcohol and vice versa.

    The biggest change is the need for variety. Everyone I talk with wants to have more than a 20 wine repertoire under their belt.

    Wine is fun, exciting and intriguing if you expand your tastes.


    One wine I’d love to leave you with to start you on your journey is a delicious Syrah from Foxen


    Foxen 2010 Syrah ‘Toasted Rope”


    The Wine Advocate- 92 Points
    There is plenty to like about Foxen’s 2010 Syrah Toasted Rope, the most successful of the 2010 Syrahs. A gorgeous, expressive bouquet leads to dark red cherries, plums, mint, roses and tobacco as this gracious wine opens up in the glass. The addition of 16% Viognier gives the Toasted Rope a gorgeous upper register of aromatics that completes the wine nicely. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020