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A lot of people think that you either have an innate ability to be able to distinguish wine or you don’t, but this isn’t true.

Even if you think you aren’t naturally good at it, you can still train your palate to help with your enjoyment of wine as well as help differentiate between high-quality wine and low-quality wine! Here are some tips on how to develop a wine palate in 9 steps

How to Develop a Wine Palate?

Know The Basics


Wine 101 might sound like something only for newbies, but it’s actually one of many basic wine tasting classes. If you want to get into more complicated tastings, having a solid understanding of grape types and wine regions is necessary.

The basics can be broken down into three simple categories: red vs. white, sweet vs. dry, and light/medium/full-bodied. From there, it’s time to move on to more specific tasting descriptions such as buttery texture or violets on nose.

As you take each course and study under an expert taster at your local winery or brewery, those lessons will begin to make sense — not just in your mind but also in your mouth!

Ignore the Critics


People who talk about wine are often pretentious and snobby. They’ll use phrases like earthy undertones or smoky finish and if you don’t know what they mean, you won’t fit in. Ignore those folks.

People who talk about wine can be very judgmental too – they want you to listen to them and follow their advice, but they’re not going to do the same for you. People who love wine really love it, so if someone doesn’t like your favorite bottle, it’s best not to discuss it with them.

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Keep an Open Mind, No matter what style you prefer


When tasting wine, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of evaluating wines based on your personal preferences.

For example, if you prefer dry wines, then you might feel inclined to rate all white wines as being better than all reds; similarly, if you’re not a fan of oaky or tannic wines, you may tend towards giving lower ratings for those styles.

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However, keep in mind that while your own preferences are an important part of understanding and enjoying wine–you don’t have to like everything! There are tons of different flavors in wine and embracing them will only help you become a better drinker.

Get Involved with Other Wine Enthusiasts


One of the best ways to learn about wine is by trying it with people who are already experts. Often, they’ll be more than happy to share their knowledge and give recommendations.

There are also tons of wine clubs where enthusiasts meet up and discuss what they’ve tasted lately, which is also a great way to learn.

The main idea here is that if you want to develop your palate for wine, try going out for tastings regularly and tasting with other wine experts or at least people who know more than you do.

You don’t have to spend loads of money on bottles every time—that will actually restrict your ability to discern notes within different brands. Instead, buy one bottle each time so you can really focus on what makes each varietal unique.

Spend Time at Wine Tastings


If you want to develop your wine palette, you need to get out and sample some new wines. The more wines you try, and with as many different food pairings as possible, the better off you’ll be when it comes time for your own tastings.

If wine tastings aren’t an option in your area, consider buying some of your favorite bottles online (which will often offer more variety than what’s available in stores) and hosting your own tasting parties at home.

A great benefit of doing so is that you can control how much and what type of food is being served; don’t be afraid to ask friends over specifically for wine tastings!

Read Articles About New Wines


It’s not uncommon for us wine novices to buy an unfamiliar bottle, pop it open, and be left puzzled. That happens because many times wine reviews are too complex for us—and that makes sense!

A great way to develop your palate is by reading articles about new wines. Any basic wine magazine will give you an introduction into how different varietals taste and feel, which will really help when it comes time to choose a bottle at your local liquor store.

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Plus, you can use these articles as conversation starters with your favorite sommelier or server when out on the town; trust me, they’ll appreciate it!

Browse Vineyards Websites in your area


One of the best ways to develop your palate is by familiarizing yourself with what grapes are available in your region. Even if you aren’t visiting vineyards or wineries, browse through their websites and try some wines at restaurants.

Most will offer samples so you can see what they taste like before buying a bottle. If you are near wine country, visiting vineyards is not only fun but also educational; tour operations often include at least a short description about each wine along with its origin and tasting notes.

These lessons can be great for improving your skills even if you don’t end up buying anything onsite!

Taste as many wines as possible, but don’t get stuck on one type.


The best way to develop your taste buds is by tasting as many different wines as possible. The next time you’re at a store, pick up something that looks and smells interesting—the vineyard it came from doesn’t matter.

Of course, you might want to learn about specific regions and grape varietals (and try those wines too) but don’t let it distract you from drinking what speaks to you. It can take years for your palate to develop, so try not to get stuck on one type of wine.

Take notes when tasting wines. Reference them later.


The only way you’ll learn is by tasting wines and taking notes. There are no shortcuts, so don’t feel like you have to rush into creating an intricate wine scorecard. Just make sure you take notes when tasting wines; references them later.

For example, while tasting two Pinot Noirs that cost $30 and $80 per bottle, I might jot down: Red fruit (berries), lighter texture on more expensive wine, earthy finish — that sort of thing.

As time goes on and your palate develops, your notes will become more specific and detailed. Keep at it! And remember that there are no right or wrong descriptions; just write what comes naturally.

Conclusion


The first step in developing your palate is admitting you have one. It’s OK, nobody else has gotten it right either—we’re all just groping in the dark trying to identify sweet and salty, bitter and sour.

One of my favorite quotes about wine says: It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Your palette is not healthy; you must develop it further if you want wine that pairs nicely with a wide variety of foods.

You need time for these changes to take place—allow yourself at least four months of regular drinking before coming back and retasting some wines from your initial set. You might be surprised by how much more you can pick up on!

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