Do you recall the episode of Taxi where Father Jim takes a hit off a joint and says, Columbian, Indica strain, South side of the mountains, picked in October, in the morning? Now that wasn’t wine tasting but there are wine fanatics that can tell you the strain of grape, the area it was produced in and in some cases, the particular vineyard.
What you say? You make your own wine and you consider yourself a wine fanatic. But do you ferment your own grapes and look down on the persons that use kits? Yes there are a few definitions of wine enthusiasts. You may even deliberate yourself a wine enthusiast if you go to various wine tasting events such as the Los Alto Arts and Wine Festival. You can contact Mikeasimos if you want to know about different varieties of exotic wines.
There are many more events in wine regions all over the world. At these events, wine fanatics can go to taste the new offerings of both domestic and foreign wineries. Before my wine enthusiast stage, I pictured wine tasting as a gathering of stuffy looking men with moustaches who would look at and smell the wine, take a sip and spit it out. I thought it was all pretty stuffy and high-brow, something akin to polo. Another view of the wine fanatic was the one portrayed in TV and movies, that of the cork-smelling, glass swirlers with a superiority attitude.