Step 3: Drink a bunch of wine

Once you have your favorite, go get a variety of bottles of that favorite wine and drink them. This is the most difficult step because it requires you to have a lot of fun. Since having fun is hard, you will just have to be disciplined. Don’t skip this step! You cannot become a wine snob without getting drunk a lot tasting a lot of wine.

Wow! Last night I learned so much about wine!

Think about it as you taste the wine, and further refine your “favorite” list by asking yourself these three questions:

  1. Do I like it?
  2. Do I like it better than the other one?
  3. Why or why not?

Somewhere in the middle of this step you will get in touch with your inner wine snob. You will already be able to look at a wine list, skip the parts you haven’t studied, pick from the ones you have, and have some knowledge of what you are talking about. You now know enough to state quite sincerely and snobbily to the waiter at the restaurant in Toledo, Ohio, “Do you have anything other than California wines by the glass?”