Getting low-key obsessed with wine can be a slippery slope. There’s so much to learn when it comes to getting a little geeky about vino. Plus, it’s pretty delightful to learn about wine because unlike assignments back in school, wine homework is the best homework.
However, as you learn more about what a Bordeaux blend actually is and the different flavors that shine in a Sauvignon Blanc, something inside you changes. The literal thirst for wine knowledge is a fever you can’t sweat out and you’ll never be the same. Here are 15 things that happen to you when you start getting into wine:
You keep a corkscrew with you at all times.
Tasting wine is now an ordeal as you unconsciously go through the steps of looking, swirling, smelling, and sipping.
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Going to the wine shop isn’t a habitual purchase anymore — it’s an adventure.
And now you skip the weird small talk with the staff at the shop and actually talk about the trade shows they’ve been to and what’s coming in.
Packaging becomes more apparent and you start to see through some of the heavily themed bottles — but you still can’t help but grab that one with the puppy on it.
Wine lists at restaurants still confuse the shit out of you but you’re fearless.
You find yourself swirling stemware on the table everywhere you go.
Now you really do cry over spilled wine.
You start tasting weird things (I’m picking up some tomato leaf notes?) in your go-to bottles.
You start asking your friends, “what flavors do you pick up?” in your Two-Buck Chuck, only for them to roll their eyes.
But you better believe they’re going to call for a wine recommendation for their next date night.
And most of that phone call is you explaining what the hell “dry” and “crisp” mean.
Sometimes you correct the pronunciation of regions or varietals, such as Chianti or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Every Wednesday is now and forever will be Wine Wednesday.
The world of wine is now begging to be explored and you’re going to conquer it one glass at a time.