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Posted by gooselee4, Nov 5, 2009.

Hey all. I've recently started working in the wine industry & I was overwhelmed by the complexity of wine. I started back in May working at a small winery in Ohio & have taught myself alot already just by reading & using online sites like this & of course working at the winery helped me gain a lot of knowledge as well. However, while I know a thing or two, I'm amazed at what others know. They seem to know everything about every wine growing region, the composition of a grape, grape growing, wine making, blending, aging, etc....anyways...I would love some insight as to how you get to be so knowledgeable. Like I said, I read alot but I'm sure that only goes so far. I'm only 22 so I certainly don't have the experience but I would someday love to. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks


Reply by LTBiker, Nov 5, 2009.

Hey Gooselee4!! Welcome to the club.... I myself am 22 and in your situation.... My best advise is to drink a lot of wine....good wine bad wine it's all great educational material... Learn the characteristic of varietals so you can compare and contrast the bad, the good and sometimes the ugly... When I say ugly I mean taste what corked wine taste like; smell that newspaper nose it has and experience it's metalic taste.... One thing to remember that wine is simply chemistry... Each person has unique recpetors so don't always think what another person say it tastes like you have to agree with... Go with what you feel...

Wait did you say you work at a winery in Ohio? Didn't know they grew vines...what grows well up there? Same stuff NY goes with?

Reply by gooselee4, Nov 5, 2009.

Haha yes, many are surprised that Ohio actually grows grapes. The winery that I work at in particular grow only vinifera varieties. We have Chard, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Semillon, Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir & Syrah. The Semillon & Syrah are new...we should have them by next year-I'm excited for those. Everything else does pretty well. We are maybe 20 miles from Lake Erie so that & the Grand River(maybe 2 miles away) really help to keep the vines frost free. In the same area there are many labrusca varieties as well...lots of concords which these farmers have contracts w/ Welch's & Coca Cola. Vidal, Delaware, Niagara, Catawba are also grown

Reply by John Andrews, Nov 5, 2009.

Welcome all ... I'm with LTBiker, definitely try a lot of different styles and wines but it is important to try and identify what you are tasting.

Of course, don't be afraid the ask questions some of the most knowledgeable wine people I know are here on this site.

Reply by Enrico Cerrato, Nov 6, 2009.

Hi gooselee4, first think first if you keep this passion you are showing, you will definetely reach a great deal of knowledge. I believed the best way to start in the right track is to do a Sommelier course from a certified Provider, I am sure you can do a small research in the internet and you can find some in your Area. This is really important, it's like study Grammar if you want to learn a new language, it's really where you have to start. Then if you really love it, it will be easy for you try to do all the 3 Sommelier courses, in the next future. Once you get the basic on how to taste the different wines and some details of the different regions of the world, then it's really up to tasting, then some tasting, and if you have some spare time, try some tasting. Another amazing part of this fantastic world, is that to improve what you know you should really have a chance to travel and discover the Wine Regions of the world, and it happened they are all amazing place to visit. I am sure it wont be too difficult for you find a solution to spend a month a year staying in some wineyards in Italy, France could even get paid to do it.
Enjoy your new life in the world of Bacco.
Ciao, Enrico

Reply by TL NJ, Nov 10, 2009.

Goose. Each year "Food and Wine" puts out a buying guide. It features every major region, and each of their sub-regions, it highlights "emerging regions" (I think Ohio may have been included in last year's edition), and it does a great job in explaining how each variety tastes within each region, and what each region specializes in. It highlights each regions "best" producers, as well as identifying some good value labels. It even touches on some food pairings. Within each section, they offer some suggested wines to look for, with tasting notes on each. While im sure there are many who would argue with their rating system, if you are just getting started then you dont really need to get in the middle of all that. Its a pretty small and portable book, so It was my wine "bible" when I was first getting started, and if you keep it handy, study the write ups, and try some of their suggestions it will be a great way for you to become well versed pretty quickly.

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