With your New Year's Eve hangover in the rear view mirror, not to mention a disastrous pandemic-ridden 2020, it’s time to start planning for the future with a proverbial clean slate. To help with the vinous portion of your plans, here are 5 Fabulous New Year’s Wine Resolutions to guide your exploration in the New Year.
From becoming a better taster to planning a trip to your favorite wine region, here are some great ideas that will truly enhance your enjoyment of and proficiency in wine:
MIX IT UP: Because the world of wine can be confusing it's often easier to just stick with the same wine day in and day out - but how boring is that? To break out of your rut, why not vow here and now to sample a different wine every week or at very least every month. Come on by the wine shop where we always have 16 wines available on the machines to sample by the glass. Not in the area? I’ll also have plenty of great recommendations here on the blog and in our weekly newsletter so please stay tuned.
START A WINE COLLECTION: If you've been drinking wine long enough to have a favorite wine region and/or producer it might be time to sock a few bottles away for a later date. Aged wine can be such a truly enjoyable experience but collecting wine does NOT mean you need to have a custom built, 1,000 bottle cellar, in fact, far from it! From an 18 bottle, under the counter wine fridge to 150+ bottle, free-standing unit go with whatever suits YOUR needs. Having a temperature-controlled place to stash your bottles is VERY important since varying temperatures and humidity levels as well as mechanical vibration and light exposure are arch-enemies of wine. If your budget allows, purchase a unit with a little room to grow, wine lovers have a habit of outgrowing them faster then they think!
HONE YOUR TASTING SKILLS: Whether you’re a budding wine enthusiast or an aspiring Somm to really learn about wine you need to taste it in a particular way, utilizing ALL of your senses. This sensory information provides valuable insight into a wine's place of origin, grape variety and "terroir” which are all critical factors when learning about and understanding wine. So if becoming a better taster is something you’re interested in achieving this year, please click here to be notified of our upcoming wine tastings.
DRINK MORE SPARKLING WINES: The focus on sparkling wine/Champagne consumption around special occasions like New Year's Eve leaves the majority of the year unbearably bubbly-free. While Champagne's price tag may limit it to more of a special occasion wine, there are many sparklers from around the globe that are priced for everyday consumption. Wines like Prosecco, Cava and Crémant are perfect for enjoying on a Tuesday night or sipping over lunch with a friend. As an added bonus, sparkling wines also have less calories and alcohol than a glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon - affordable, delicious AND figure-friendly - what's not to love about that?
FOOD + WINE TRAVEL: Take advantage of our post-pandemic global status + book that trip you dreamed about during lockdown! Whether it’s an overnight trip to enjoy a favorite restaurant or a long haul flight to an Old World wine region, start planning now and as soon as we get the green light to travel - you’ll be ready to go! For some food and wine-inspired travel inspo check out my post 5 Glamorous Getaways for Food and Wine Lovers.
I hope these suggestions inspire you to further embrace the world of wine in 2023! If you have any other wine-related resolutions I'd love to hear about them, please let me know in the Comments section below.