We all would like to believe that there is some magic shortcut to becoming an expert in something. Really applyingourselves should suffice. But it doesn’t. There’s that 10,000 hour rule which seems to hold true for most things but with wine there are experts and then there are experts.
Being an expert simply means that you have a very good understanding of something. Being a wine expert means that you have a very good understanding of wine. All of them. There are painfully few wine experts out there. I certainly am not one of them. I am well versed in a few wines of the world, while familiar with most. I do know more than most of the folks who ask me questions about wine, and can speak moderately intelligently about them, but that an expert does not make. I am more of an aficionado, and that suits me just fine. Even becoming an aficionado requires time and effort honing one’s skills. If you want to hone your vinous skills here are five approaches I’ve adopted to help make it happen!
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