Rock at Wine: The basics you need to start your love affair with wine

When I was a kid learning to play the guitar, the first thing you bought (or rather, your reluctant parents bought for you, hi dad!) was a guitar starter pack. In there it had everything you needed to just start playing, a guitar, an amplifier, even picks, a strap and if you got a really good pack a cheap little tuner. If you wanted to rock at guitar, you needed the basics to start with. The same can be said for wine! If you want to rock at wine, you are going to need a starter pack. Here are the basics you will need.

Wine bottle opener

Duh! This should be a staple of every home in the world, whether you drink or not. It can be a versatile tool. For the beginner, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy opener with some fancy gimmick. A good, cheap, solid, wine opener will do just fine. You have two good options here. The wing handle opener, which is easy, ergonomic, and fool proof. or you could go with the trusty waiters' friend opener and feel like a pro right from the get go. The waiters friend can be tricky at first, but once you have it you will never need another opener.

 This is my wine opener from Le Cresuset. Simple, but a little posh and with that little twist to make opening bottles just that little bit easier.

This is my wine opener from Le Cresuset. Simple, but a little posh and with that little twist to make opening bottles just that little bit easier.

Aerator

Most reds wines, and some white wines, need a little breathing time to get the best out of them. Unfortunately most of us are incredibly impatient, so a good aerator is not just a cool thing to have, but a vital accessory. There are so many on the market, but the easier to use the better. A lot of them make really funny slurping sounds which will always put a smile on your face.

Good glassware

No, we are not talking about Ikea glasses here. Good glassware is a vital for sharing, impressing, and enjoying. Good glassware sets the standard, and the tempo for enjoying wine. There are many great choices out there, and your style may want to see you look for something classic or modern; stemmed or stemless; small or oversized. Your glassware is a reflection of who you are. 

Question: Should you get red wine and white wine specific glasses? Well, the nerdier you are you can get into Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc specific, but in reality all you need is one set of good glasses. If you want a red wine glass and a white wine glass, go for it!

Wine

If you want to rock at guitar, you need a guitar. If you want to rock at wine, you need wine. 

Damian Priday