What does Shebnem Ince suggest for those new to wine?
I would think being open is a good tip. Do not lock yourself into what you think you like because that’s probably going to change as you become more experienced. If you’re smelling or tasting something that’s unfamiliar, or even something that you think you’re not sure you like, just remember that it may be something you like in the future. So just be open to the experience.
I think it’s really, really important to forge a relationship with a small, reputable wine merchant. Because that person will remember your progress and what you like and what you don’t, and can open doors for you that you wouldn’t be able to open yourself. And don’t be afraid. I feel like a lot of people are afraid to try things that they don’t know. I think if you approach wine with fear, you’ll be limited in your experiences.