Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Posted on 10-03-2017

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 4/29/2015

When you are out wine tasting, there really aren’t any stupid questions (well, ok, other than the time a customer asked me why it smelled like wine in the winery where I work.) I gently explained that during harvest, when the grapes are being brought in from the vineyards and crushed, it often smells like wine at a winery.We get all kinds of people in tasting rooms, you know.
When the thirst for wine knowledge grabs you, please ask questions. Wine is a wonderful hobby – there is always something new to learn! There are new technologies and trends, and wine itself is so changeable; it changes as it ages in the barrel, it changes as it ages in the bottle, it changes as it airs in your glass. Wine can even change your attitude, and ultimately it can change your life. It has certainly changed mine.
 I know from over 20 years experience working behind the tasting bar that I would so much rather gently educate someone new to wine than listen to some self proclaimed “connoisseur” blather on about what he’s got in his cellar.
If you really want to dive into wine knowledge, here are a few of my favorite books;
 the Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil, Wine Genius by Janice Fuhrman, How to Taste by Jancis Robinson, Renaissance Guide to Wine and Food Pairing by Tony DiDio & Amy Zavetto and Wine For Dummies by Ed McCarthy & Mary Ewing-Mulligan.
If you have any questions, email us at and we’ll help you unravel the happy mysteries of wine.