Four ways in-home wine tastings help release your inner wine geek
1. You're in charge: Curious about the wines of Spain? Eager to master the fundamentals of wine evaluation? One of the best things about pursuing wine education in your own home is that you have the power to create the curriculum. You alone can determine if the agenda is formal or more laid-back; whether you want to taste blind or pick the bottles yourself. The pace is set by your own personal preference -- there's no such thing as going "off topic".
2. There's no shame: Every single one of us has wanted to ask what we thought was a "dumb" wine question, but was afraid of looking like an idiot. Should you sniff the cork when it's presented to you? (No). How do you chill a bottle of white when you're in a major hurry? (Do NOT put it in the freezer). A wine educator will be able to answer your every vino-related query, and will use terms that aren't saved for a sommelier.
3. You create the guest list: Nothing makes the digging into the vast terroir of wine education more fun than doing it with other, equally passionate peeps -- who just happen to be your closest friends. Inviting a wine pro to be the guest speaker at your next dinner party is an ideal way to learn which organoleptic (the science behind food and wine pairing) concepts make the match up of salmon and pinot noir work so well. You and your crew can even take turns hosting variety of classes, allowing everyone their chance to select a wine-related topic or theme that turns them on. Just remember: Friends who learn about (and drink) wine together, stay together.
4. No drinking and driving: 'Nuff said.