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Tools of the Wine Trade

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I love gear. When I have a new hobby, my first thought is to go out and buy a bunch of toys and gear to get started. There’s always a startup cost, but with wine, the wine itself is going to be the expense. I will discuss in the future how to taste wine cheaply, and what wine accessories can in fact be helpful, but when getting started, it couldn’t be simpler.

Get a nice glass. I currently have a set of two Riedel crystal glasses in the Bordeaux style. It was about $40 for the two of them. It’s a beautiful set of glassware, and helps me to taste better than I thought it would. Having a proper glass helps boost my enjoyment of the process of tasting wine.

That’s it! You’ll be spending plenty of money on wine itself, so there’s really no need to break the bank on toys. It would be easy to go overboard with the various toys, but hold back for now and get a few nice bottles to taste.

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