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So by all means experiment but donít ignore tried, tested and recommended combinations as they have stood test of time very well indeed.
As with everything in life, only way to learn is to test.So youíll have to move out of your comfort zone and risk odd bad choice in order to move up to next level of wine enjoyment.
Yes you may love Californian Pinot Noir but itís important that you stop buying it every week simply because you know that you like it and that itís a safe choice. You need to branch out, as this is only way you will find something even better than your current favourite.
And believe me, Iím sure it exists among many thousands of wines available worldwide. The best way of branching out is to start buying mixed cases of wine, typically a dozen bottles of red and white wines and simply try each one out.
And itís particularly useful to make some tasting notes as you open each one so that you can keep a note of exactly what it was, where it was from and which variety of grape it was and so on.
And donít forget to note precisely why you liked or disliked it. Was it citrus fruit flavours on tongue, or was it creamy vanilla oakiness that really made it for you?
Did light fresh aroma contribute to enjoyment? Get it down on paper before you open next bottle, as tomorrow your recollection might be a little hazy!
So you must experiment a bit, but donít go for a complete extreme to what you normally drink right away.
Go for similar varieties at first and you are less likely to put yourself off progressing and expanding your taste in wine.
And remember, only one who can tell you what wines you like best is you yourself so, whatever combination, be sure to enjoy it.
Fraser Neilson is webmaster at www.FairWine.com and a graduate of the Wines and Spirits Education Trust. You can find some great wine resources and special offers to help improve your enjoyment over at www.FairWine.com/resources.html.