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Mar 3, 2013 02:59 PM

What do you know about wine?

And what do you wish you knew? How do you try to improve your wine knowledge.

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  1. Q1: "What do you know about wine?"
    A1: There's not enough room on Chowhound to fully answer that question.

    Q2: "And what do you wish you knew?"
    A2: Well, how do we know what we don't know? OK. Sorry. It's not polite to answer a question with a question. I'd like to know more than I do about Austrian wines, and more about Italian wines beyond Piedmont and Tuscany.

    Q3: "How do you try to improve your wine knowledge?"
    Drink a lot.

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    1. re: zin1953

      When I was younger and single I was really into wine. I'd spend most of my reading time w/ Oz Clarke or other wine experts trying to gather information. It was a great time in my life. Then I got married and it changed or stopped. I kinda know what I know and don't know. I wish I knew more about California and US NW wines. What knowledge I do have is generally about France and Italy and a little Germany. But I haven't ordered a bad bottle in years. We'll see what the future holds.

    2. I know what I like and I try to expand my knowledge by trying new things.

      1. I just wished I was a bit more "disciplined" and keep notes with me when shopping for wines.

        I tend to go for known stuff.

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        1. re: Maximilien

          Amen to that! After looking back at all the wines I've tried over the years, I'd love to have a full notebook of labels and notes to peruse and help me make more intelligent choices when I"m standing in front of a long line of selections.

        2. οὖτος μὲν οἴεταί τι εἰδέναι οὐκ εἰδώς, ἐγὼ δέ, ὥσπερ οὖν οὐκ οἶδα, οὐδὲ οἴμαι

          "This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything]. On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything]."

          1. A fair amount - lots of visits to vineyards and tasting rooms in the US and Europe, a lot of self-study, and a lot of sampling. I'm no expert by any stretch, but I know more than most, and I can hold my own at a full-on tasting.

            Wish I knew more about all of it.

            I talk to (and listen to) winemakers when we visit, and taste, taste, taste.