Learning to taste wine: Online resources
Our recommended starting point for new wine lovers is the Quick Wine Tasting Course, a series of articles that I wrote for The Louisville Courier-Journal. We believe it offers a good starting point for newcomers to wine appreciation as a wine-tasting tutorial that you can save to your computer's hard disk, print out or read online.
You may also enjoy our Wine Lovers' Lexicon, an online dictionary featuring more than 500 common wine and grape names and wine-tasting terms, with simple, plain-English definitions of each; and, for the non-English words and phrases, a simple American-English pronunciation guide complete with MP3 sound files so you can hear them pronounced.
Our Wine Tasting Toolbox offers tips on organizing a group wine-tasting party, including a variety of tasting forms that you can print out and use.
And for more wine lovers' views on beginning wine, we refer you to two excellent articles by John Juergens, wine writer with the Oxford Town News in Mississippi, Wine Basics 101 and Wine Basics 102; and an enjoyable discussion of "winespeak" by the Honolulu Advertiser's wine columnist, Randy Caparoso, "Winespeak" decoded.\r\n