Australian psychology student Alex Russell has spent seven years investigating how novices become wine experts for his PhD.
From his research, done at the University of Sydney, he says that “anyone with a working nose and mouth” can become a wine expert.
Here are his ten tips to help you on your way.
1) It takes four hours
After an hour and a half of tasting people start to learn the differences and after four hours they see a great improvement.
2) Drink different types of wine
3) Taste wines side-by-side
4) Shut your eyes
It is hard to identify a particular odour if you can’t see a the source.
5) Add your own flavours
If you can’t imagine what a chocolatey or peachy flavour in a wine would be like, add a little of that flavour so you can try it.
6) Know the lingo
7) Experts don’t have supersenses
They are just better at identifying what they smell or taste.
8) Expensive wine better reflects its region
9) You need to read about wine too
10) Don’t give up if you make mistakes