Since Kunaal and I have settled in (sort of) to our new apartment, he had the idea for us to pick up a hobby together. I suggested running together, but then quickly took that idea back given that the length of his legs is like up to my shoulders and I get really discouraged by being left behind.
Kunaal came up with the next idea, learning about wine together. I drink wine occasionally and I have my standard go-tos red: Merlot, white: Chardonnay, or if I think the person I’m with has a clue about what they’re ordering, “I’ll have the same please”. But okay, we’re playing grown-up now, it can’t hurt to learn something. We considered a few different ways to go about this, taking a class, buying a book, downloading an app. Finally, Kunaal had the brilliant idea that the best way to learn about wine is by drinking loads of it (#yolo).
So off we went to the wine and liquor store (don’t even get me started on the bizarre alcohol laws in PA. Why can’t I buy a bottle of wine in my local grocery store on a Sunday evening?). We did a bit of research into what types we wanted to try first and then picked out 4 bottles to get started. We’ve decided to each keep a small notebook and try to make notes about what we observe in each wine.
My categories were the following:
Sight- in the bottle, in the glass color, clarity, stillness, thickness.
Smell- of the cork (apparently this is a thing- it smelled like cork), of the wine.
Taste- I read that you’re supposed to slurp the wine and try to aerate the flavors, but this felt embarrassing and pretentious, so I just sipped it. Also, noted the flavors and the level of the acidity.
The first bottle that we tried was a 2012 Pinot Grigio from Coppola winery in California.
Kunaal and I took our notes separately without even discussing what we would be looking for. After a few minutes of acting like snobs and swirling the wine around pretending that we knew what we were doing, we compared our notes. We had completely different experiences with this wine, I thought that it was fruity and crisp, while Kunaal got buttery and peppery (what? ew?). We decided to look up professional reviews to see how close we’d come to being right. Obviously, I didn’t know what I was doing and felt pretty ridiculous, but as it turns out I am a natural wine drinker. I believe this is probably genetic based on how much wine we keep at home- thanks mom and dad! I was expertly able to detect the fruity and floral notes of the wine. Just kidding, I took a stab in the dark and got lucky.
Anyway, now that I have a better idea what to look for in the next bottle, I’m excited to try again. So it begins…