Know your wine: A beginner’s guide to the most common types of wine

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“The best way to learn about wine is to approach it like learning a language,” says Conner. “You can DIY it, but without lots of real life practice, it’s hard to get anywhere.” Knowing what you’re tasting and why can help you along your wine journey in a number of ways:

Developing your palate: You may have heard the term “palate” tossed around by wine drinkers in the past, but it really just refers to a sense of taste, which can be developed by simply tasting. The more flavors you experience, the more sophisticated your palate will become, because you’ll understand how taste elements differ from each other and how they work together to create unforgettable flavors.

Discovering food and wine pairings: Wine and food are a natural match for each other, and when you figure out which wines taste best with which dishes (according to your own palate), then you can take your meals to the next level.

Gaining a global perspective on wine. As corny as it sounds, you really can “travel the world” by tasting wines from different countries, continents, and regions. Learning about the climate and soil conditions of a particular country can help you understand how the wines from that nation develop their flavors. Paying attention to common wine and food pairings from that country will clue you in on how best to enjoy the bottles you purchase.