The end of December is a time for reflection on the year that has come and gone, as well as a way to set our sights on the brand new year before us. Many of us use this as a time to set goals for ourselves. Whether these goals are financial, fitness focused, or lifestyle in general, this period of our lives are beneficial towards cleansing us of the bad habits, ruts, and routines of the past, and helping us refocus our wishes, hopes, and desires for who we are as individuals.
Why not take this same outlook and apply it towards your wine journey? Take just a moment to reflect on where you’ve been and where you would like to take your wine journey from here. Are you new to wine but not quite sure where to begin? Are you eager to break yourself of your daily “go-to” Cab/Malbec/Pinot Grigio? Are you a seasoned wine connoisseur who can speak proficiently on Burgundian wines, but feel like you are lacking perspective and knowledge of other up and coming wine regions? What are your goals, wishes, and desires for this forthcoming year?
For me, I started my wine journey with focusing on Santa Barbara wines, as I had easy access to some great boutique wines from the region. I then moved on to being a world explorer of various new varietals and styles – whether it was a great Santorini from Greece, a Pinotage from South Africa, or a Viognier from Australia. For this coming year, I plan on settling my focus towards old world wines, an area where I am admittedly lacking.
How I anticipate expanding my knowledge is through research, tastings, and asking for advice from my colleagues. I look forward to picking their brains to learn more about what make a great Pinot Noir (Wilfred list here), Spanish Rioja , and Chablis (Gwendolyn List here).
But I am not the only one who can easily gain access to the wealth of knowledge that Wine.com’s experts are eager to provide. Whether it’s following Wilfred Wong’s reviews and communicating with him via Social Media, seeking out advice from Anne Pickett and Gwendolyn Osborn for recommendations via our latest online chat feature, exploring the Wine Notes blog for their deeper insights and first-hand experiences, or trying your hand at one of our 3 Wine Clubs in an effort to expand your horizons, Wine.com provides a variety of tools and a wealth of information just at your fingertips.
So, I encourage you to set your sights on all that the future has in store for you. Don’t forget to set goals, and ask advice if you need help along the way. Happy New Year’s to all!!