Initially, the world of wine  may seem intimidating. Thousands of years of history, thousands of types of wines and wine producers and so many rules about how to serve wine and how to pair food and wine...its enough to make the timid run and hide!

But wine tasting and fine wine appreciation does not have to be scary or intimidating! The most important thing to remember is that food and wine are pastimes of leisure and pleasure and therefore not something you should stress about. Everyone can begin the process of learning about wine and how to taste wine at their own pace and in their own style. While some of you will become swept up in the passion and excitement of the world of fine wine, others will prefer to go slowly, simply enjoying wine occasionally. Either way, it only takes a bit of introduction to get you started and feeling comfortable about tasting and assessing, discussing, and serving wine.

Beyond all that, wine simply tastes good and is fun. it is romantic, seductive and mysterious. It can be everything from elegant and sophisticated to rustic or hedonistic. Wine, in moderation, can even be good for you! Besides all the above, a few glasses of wine at a wine party lubricates the mind and tongue, leading to great conversation, joyous frivolity and lots of fun.