“You don’t have to like it, but you do have to try it.”
When we were kids, this rule was meant to encourage picky eaters to try new foods. But this lesson applies to wine drinkers, too.
People frequently ask me how to discover new wines, and my answer is simple: “taste them!”
One great- and FREE- way to find a new favorite is at your neighborhood wine store. Most in the DC area offer free tastings on Fridays and Saturdays. Just ask when the next one is the next time you stop by for that tried and true!
Not only are these tastings fun, they’re a quick, no-pressure way to taste several different wines for free. Wine experts offer samples along with a quick tutorial on what you’re tasting. You may not like everything you try, but you just may walk away with a new favorite!
What new to you wines have you recently tried and loved?
I recently stopped by a tasting at Chat’s Liquor on Barracks Row. There were several fantastic wines, including a tasty rose and spicy Sicilian red. I ended up buying a delicious creme de cassis, a French liquor that the vintner suggested I enjoy either straight, in bubbly, or over ice cream.I had cassis last time I was in France and had forgotten all about it until this tasting.
Chat’s always has great tastings on the weekends! Another plus? They always post tasting info on social media! If you’re near Eastern Market on the weekends, check out their Twitter feed for up to date tasting details @ChatsLiquors.