Wine 101 – Wine Help

As a wine maker hanger on, I’ve learned more than I could ever want to know about wine. Honestly, I would rather just drink the delicious stuff. (Truly basic wine 101!)

However, when I think about it, some of the knowledge I have gained has helped me in buying better wine (not necessarily more expensive). Also, I do get asked lots of questions, from my non-connoisseur acquaintances. So, I decided, I would write some helpful hints that might actually be worth knowing by us laymen (and women), especially if it helps with buying wines.

So here’s my take on Wine 101… lessons for wine non-connoisseurs.

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