Or, I’m getting a lot of bramble…
With just about any interest or hobby, there is at least a bit of a learning curve, one which an absolute beginner must climb in order to begin to really jump in and enjoy the adventure.
You’ve got to float before you can swim. You’ve got to know how to boil water before you can make risotto. You’ve got to learn how to push the pedals and balance before you can cycle in an MS 150, or the Tour de France, for that matter.
And in wine, you also have to start somewhere and commit to learning in order to learn what you like and why.
With wine there can be so many barriers to learning: price, foreign names, inconsistent labels, conflicting reviews, so many grapes. And, yes, sometimes you come across a bit of wine snobbery from those who profess to know much, much more.
I would like to encourage you to ignore that last challenge as much as you possibly can. And, yes I DO understand how challenging that can be when someone is asking you what you taste in a wine and or what you smell and all you can say is “Um, I don’t know, but I know I like it!”
“If someone says to you, ‘What are you getting in the wine,’ and you don’t have an answer, say ‘I don’t know, what are you getting?’ “ He said.
Then he continued:
“If they press further, always say ‘I’m getting a little bit of bramble.’ No one knows what that is, and so they won’t want to question you.”
Of course this got a great laugh from the crowd. And I would like to say it was very good advice. Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Enjoy trying new wines and don’t worry about what you taste or smell. Just make note of whether you like the wine or not and move on.
Someday and with some wines, distinctive flavors may grab you and identify themselves to you. But if they never do, what does it matter? It matters only if you enjoy the wine and the experience.
Start figuring out what wines you like and make note of the wine, the grape and region and go from there. The details will work themselves out and it won’t be long before you see a pattern and can order with confidence. Then you can worry about all those nuances and details.
Until then, embrace the bramble.