Aug 26 2008

You won’t know until you try it

Published by at 11:57 PM under Chardonnay,Savvy Sip Tips,Wine Education

You’ve heard it before, probably from your mother: You won’t know whether you like something until you try it. It’s the same for Brussels sprouts and wine, though I much prefer wine.

Free wine tastings are an excellent opportunity to try something new. You can sample something totally different without pouring money down the drain–literally–if you think it tastes like sweaty gym socks.

I’m one of those notorious ABC wine drinkers: Anything but Chardonnay. I try to be open-minded, though, and I never turn down free wine, so when Chardonnay was the featured lineup at one free wine tasting, I gave it another shot. Most of it still tasted a little like spit to me (with apologies to our Chardonnay fans), but I was shocked and pleased to discover that I liked–truly liked!–one unoaked version with a fresher, fruity taste. Who would have known?

Well, maybe you, if you make a habit of attending free wine tastings. It’s the only way to learn what you like. And the best wines are the ones you like. Just Grapes wine shop has a complimentary tasting from 2 to 4 p.m. every Saturday. Stop in, say hello, and make a few new friends–maybe you’ll meet a nice Chardonnay you want to take home to mother.

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