It’s the new year and you know what that means: time to make resolutions about being healthier, working out more, saving money, and keeping the house clean. These resolutions are all great, but, frankly, there’s a reason most resolutions are broken by February: they’re not really much fun. This year, we propose making resolutions about enjoying life more. Let’s have more fun, eat more cake, and spend more time with interesting people. It’s so much easier to keep resolutions (and less of a bummer when we break them) when they’re fun. Here are our top 10 wine resolutions for 2022.
Drink the wine
We’re not talking about just any wine. We’re talking about the wine. You know, the one you’ve been saving for a special occasion that hasn’t materialized. You don’t have to wait for an occasion; turn opening the wine into an occasion.
Visit more wineries
Drinking wine at home is great, but nothing really compares to visiting wineries and speaking with the people who work with the wine every day. They are fountains of knowledge and are passionate about their work, so you’re sure to learn something new and have a great time as well.
Keep track of what you drink
This is something I struggle with as well- I buy a new bottle of wine, or try a new vintage of an old favorite, and I don’t write down my tasting notes immediately. Then all of a sudden it’s 6 months later and I’m trying to describe the wine and can’t remember if the finish was long or short. Even if it’s an informal note in your phone, write down your impressions of the wine right away.
Try different varietals
It’s great when you have a go-to wine that you love to drink every day, but it never hurts to branch out a little and try something new. You never know when you’ll discover a new favorite region or varietal. I promise, your standby wine won’t be hurt if you cheat on it a little.
Ask questions at wine tastings
No question is a stupid question in wine, and wine professionals at wine tastings love when you’re involved enough to answer questions. It’ll just deepen your understanding of wine and help you understand why you do or don’t like certain types of wine.
Get creative with pairings
There are thousands of people in the wine world who are just dying to tell you which foods can or can’t be paired with a certain wine. The thing is, they’re not you. Do you know anyone out there who loves every single food or drink you do? Probably not, so odds are you’ll like some pairings that others don’t. Yes, it stinks when you have a failure, but it also makes for a good laugh. I have a friend who described one pairing as tasting like “hot trash.” I still remember it today, more than I remember how she described a pairing that she absolutely loved. Embrace the challenge.
Upgrade your stemware
As far as I’m concerned, you can drink your wine out of any receptacle you want. But, if you prefer to drink from a proper wine glass, it never hurts to take a good luck at what you could do to improve your experience. Crystal is always a great option for quality wine glasses, or maybe you’d like some pretty glasses that look great on a shelf and in your hand. If the glass makes your experience better, it’s an upgrade.
Take a wine class
If you really want to get serious about wine, spend some time looking into classes where you can learn from an expert and taste wines that you might not otherwise try. You can do anything from a one night class to a full certification program depending on your goals.
Improve your blind tasting skills
Looking for a new party trick? Become an expert blind taster. This will require extensive tasting and studying on your own to grow accustomed to the appearance, smell, and taste of a large variety of wines, but hey, you’re going to drink the wine anyway. You might as well develop a new skill at the same time.
Cook with wine
Wine makes everything better, including food. Roast with red wine is a classic, but there are so many more ways to use wine in cooking and baking! Sauces, risottos, chicken, soups, cupcakes, and more will benefit from the alcohol, acidity, and flavor in wine. Plus, you might as well pour yourself a glass if the bottle is open anyway!
What kind of wine resolutions are you making this year?