When it comes to enjoying anything, the best things about it are completely up to you. Some people enjoy wine for the sensory experience, some for the buzz, some for the connections you make while enjoying it with friends. Whatever you make it about, always remember that the major key to enjoying wine is to have an open mind.
Enjoyable flavors vary from culture to culture, and what you may be used to may be hard to find in even the finest of wines. For example, most people enjoy drinks that are sweet, and expect that since wine comes from grapes, it should be sweet in every instance. Sweet wines are only a fraction of what’s out there, and don’t always fit every occasion. Some meals are well-complimented by something dry (which means not-sweet), earthy, or even spicy.
Enjoying the many flavors and aromas in wine may require some retraining of the palate. Like I mentioned, you may be accustomed to certain flavor profiles and wine might not fit within that. All the more reasons to start new adventures! Your best way to start retraining the palate is to keep an open mind about what you expect wine to taste like. What helped me tons along the way was just getting out there and trying new things. The reading I’ve done (Including this scratch and sniff book I found, lol) was a great start.
After a while, reading about flavors was confusing without engaging my sense of taste. Once I got my hands on some of the good stuff, I did what I read the pros do: swirled it around in my glass, sniffing for aromas, I took my time tasting and really reflecting on what came through on my palate, and I even had fun with pairing with foods I enjoyed, to see if it was indeed a good match.
There’s a whole world out there to discover drinking wine, especially if it’s something new to you. The best place to start is in a glass!