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There is a lot you can learn from professionals in the wine industry. Being a lover of wine means you will always continue to learn more and experiment with your wine. But, you don’t have to be a professional to understand certain aspects of drinking wine and creating a lifelong passion with the drink. There are so many beautiful things that surround drinking wine, including trips to wineries to just having a night in with friends, sipping your favorite wine varieties. It’s a profession, it’s a hobby, it’s a lifestyle, and it’s important to understand a few key things about wine overall.

Many people who love to drink wine don’t always know how to read the label on the bottle. There is a lot of verbiage you may not understand and different wording that is important to the type of wine you are consuming. Labels will tell you a multitude of information including the actual brand name, grape variety, as well as the country of origin of the wine itself. The information on the label alludes to the type of wine you choose and puts you in control of what you are drinking. Being able to read a wine label gives you more understanding of the region, variety, and brand of wine you like best. Thankfully, for anyone who is not well-versed in wine verbiage and terminology can purchase handy wine books that will bring you up to speed.

There is always a constant wondering on which wine to pair with different types of food. Many people will tell you that white wine must be paired with fish and red wine with steak. Although this is a great place to start, it’s not always true for everyone. Wine pairing is solely based on your taste and personal preferences. Everyone has their own desired flavor, so it’s important to do your research and experiment as much as you can with your food and wine choices. Wine professionals will tell you that to figure out your pairing tastes, it is a myth to believe what others tell you when it comes to pairing and you should stick to what your taste buds tell you.

You can learn a lot when you listen to tips from wine professionals. They can debunk any wine myth you may have heard at one point in your life and give way to new experiences in wine tasting. Take a tip from the pros and learn more about your wine!