While at a recent wine festival, one big question loomed: Where to start?
Every table seemed to welcome another enticing bottle and another rich story to be told. You could be tempted to linger at the VIP rosé and bubbly suite — but that might mean missing out on the row of robust Brazilian reds — or stunning chardonnays from South Africa.
The seemingly endless array of options explains why Americans are enjoying more vino than ever before. According to a 2017 Wine Market Council Study, 25% of U.S. adults surveyed reported drinking more wine when compared to a couple of years ago — that statistic soared to 47% among young adults aged 21-29. And engaging tasting events have become a key way to learn about the difference between a pinot noir and a pinot gris.
So, how to get the most out of a wine-tasting experience? It all depends on the setting. Sprawling wine-tasting events — with rows of wineries in attendance — should be approached differently than a visit to a more intimate vineyard tasting room, or an evening playing host (or guest) for a tasting at home with friends. Here, experts offer insider perspectives on how to navigate these diverse experiences.