How to Become an Expert Wine Connoisseur

Anyone who has ever taken a wine cruise can attest to the fact that wine connoisseurs can be found everywhere. If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in the fine art of wine-tasting, but didn’t know how to go about it, here are some tips that will help you on your way to becoming an expert in all things wine.

1. Study the grapes. If you’ve mingled with any connoisseurs, then you’ve probably heard them mention certain varieties (or “varietals”) of grapes used in wine production. It’s crucial to know which types of wine comes from which grapes. For instance, red wines are manufactured from cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and merlot grapes. White wines, on the other hand, are produced from sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and semillion grapes, just to name a few.

2. Study the lingo. It’s helpful to understand the vocabulary associated with wine expertise. For example, the word “magnum” is used to describe a large bottle of wine, and the word “vintage” refers to the year the grapes from the wine were harvested. There are numerous words that are used amongst connoisseurs, including corked, mouth feel, and many others.

3. Perfect your taste buds. Of course, one of the best ways to learn about different wines is to taste them and do so often. This is the only way you can truly familiarize your mouth and nose with the variety of fragrances and tastes associated with each individual wine. Know the difference between drinking wine and tasting it. By tasting wine, you simply swish it around inside your mouth, but never swallow it. You won’t be able to pinpoint the many flavors in a glass of merlot or chardonnay right away, but with the more practice you get, the better you will become at distinguishing the different varieties.

4. Study the locations. Some of the most world-renowned wines are manufactured in France and Napa Valley, California, but there are also famous wines from other distinct regions, including Italy, Spain, and South Africa. Take the time to learn about the many locations that are well known for their wine production.

5. Research the field. By browsing the Internet, you can find a plethora of wine guides. Another great way to learn more is to visit a winery that hosts tours. By talking directly to the staff, you will be privy to in-depth information unavailable anywhere else.

With these few tips, you’ll be considered a pro when you travel on your next wine cruise!


Bio: AmaWaterways offers a number of wine cruises that can help you to become a true wine connoisseur.  What better way to learn about wine than to embark on a cruise with fellow wine lovers?