The results of a big study about wine were released today, with much chagrin…it seems they surveyed people in France regarding how much knowledge they actually had about wine. And – zut alors! – over 60% didn’t know very much at all! The French were devastated by the news!
But after my chuckle, I thought…hold on…does it really matter how much you know about wine? Can’t you just enjoy it?
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized the answer was…you don’t need to know anything at all. Just what you like!
I mean, let’s think about it for a minute. Why does it matter?
“Enjoyment” doesn’t require knowledge…except of whether you are actually enjoying something or not, and that is an emotion.
Is it Cabernet or Merlot? Is it tannic or not? Will it age? Is it a Grand Cru or VQA? Really…who cares if you like it, or don’t like it?
And that is the case even if you want to talk about the wine you are drinking.
Sure, it is nice if you know what you are drinking. But that you can get from the label, and the receipt from where you purchased it.
But I think it is way more important to be able to describe why you like a wine, rather than all the details about it.
Fruity? What kind of fruit? Sweet or dry? Does it make your mouth pucker when you drink it? What happens when you eat something? Does the taste change…or does it change the food? Was it cheap? Do you think it was a good value?
The answers to all of those questions don’t require any technical knowledge of wine. Just an understanding of what you are tasting.
Just as important, that understanding will also help you find other wines like the one you are drinking…either to buy, or to avoid!
So my advice to the French wine drinkers? Don’t worry about the survey…and keep drinking your wine! Find out what you like and stick with it…that is what is important!