We hear people all the time say that they only drink one wine or one type of wine. It's a mistake made by countless wine consumers. Don't feel bad if this is you though - I used to do it all the time.
In the course of my Winestyr journey, however, I've learned that such an approach to wine is foolish and often reflects a total misunderstanding of wine in general. It's akin to only eating one kind of food regardless of time, weather, season, occasion, etc. In other words, it would be like saying "I only eat chicken, period" and then proceeding to eat nothing but chicken for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24/7/365.
Not only is such an approach to wine stupid, it also runs completely counter to so many things that make wine wonderful. Wines, like food, people, and places, are amazingly diverse – not only between different varietals, but within varietals and amongst vintages as well. This diversity should be embraced, experienced, and explored.
Many of you are thinking "I’m afraid I will try one I don’t like." You try lots of foods you probably don’t like, have dated lots of people you probably didn’t like, and have been to a lot of restaurants you probably didn't like. My guess is that somewhere along the way, you found some of those people, places, or things that were truly remarkable, and that even the bad ones (for the most part) weren't THAT bad. That's all part of the discovery. It's the same thing with wine and the good FAR outweighs the bad. Indeed, if I was still the big, bad cab-only buffoon I used to be, I never would have discovered the perfection that is a sauv blanc/seafood pairing on a summer afternoon, a Rose by itself, or a zinfandel with a good bbq.
Finally, if you're still so afraid that you just can't take the plunge into something new, that’s what we’re here for! Tell us what you're looking for (or even say "I don't know") and we'll help you discover something that will knock your socks off. And if you have one you like or don’t like, we can not only tell you why, but will you find wines you DO like based on your feedback! At the end of the day, how "bad" can wine be? I bet you'll still drink it :)
So quit being scared. Try something new, or chat us for a recommendation. You might just love what you discover! Boom.
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