If you're an avid wine drinker keen on expanding your knowledge of all things relating to the grape, the Internet is an invaluable resource. With an ever-growing number of wine publications, references, wine shops, and schools, the information is out there and available to the curious.
When I first began to learn about wine, I bought every book I could get my hands on. I read them cover to cover and filled several books of notes. Eventually, I realised that while this approach was great for the basics, I could do better. Several of my books were published years prior and beyond that, they were heavy. So I went online, found trustworthy websites that I could rely on and continued with my studies. Overnight life became just that bit easier. Let me tell you, while I love the mini wine library I've cultivated, nothing beats the Internet for ease and convenience. Here are a few ways you can use it to learn about wine at every level.
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The Best Ways to Use the Internet to Learn About Wine
1) Enrol in an online wine course.
If you're really serious about boning up on your wine knowledge, many accredited wine schools offer online courses which are a perfect solution to anyone with a thirst for knowledge and a busy life.
2) Read wine publications.
Websites like decanter.com, jancisrobinson.com, and thedrinksbusiness.com are brilliant resources not only for the current goings on in the wine and spirits industries but the first two, in particular, are also excellent for those looking to learn more about everyone's favourite beverage in their downtime.
3) Check out wine education resources.
There are many of these online. Some are affiliated with print magazines while others exist mainly on the Internet. Regardless, they are excellent sources of information, particularly for beginners.
4) Drink more.
This might sound a bit obvious, but the best way to learn more about wine is by drinking it. You can use the Internet to track down new wines to try then order them in an instant. Make sure to exercise moderation for this step.
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The Information Age is wonderful. With so much information available at our fingertips, it's possible to learn just about anything. Looking to pick up a few more facts? Want to make forays into learning a subject? The ability to do so online from anywhere in the world is a beautiful thing.
What are some of your favourite ways to learn about wine online?