I remember when I was younger I absolutely hated the taste of wine! Overtime though my taste buds changed and then I learned to appreciate wine. After more time I have learned to enjoy wine. In some European countries, wine is seen as food! When I first began to drink wine I thought it all tasted the same, no matter the grape. I felt Merlot tasted like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay tasted like Sauvignon Blanc. It’s because I wasn’t allowing my mind to process the deep rich flavors and aroma that each grape had to offer, I was just drinking it because I thought it was cool and that I looked smarter than I really was. Over time, and with the help of some wine experts, I began to taste and smell the same things they were describing. The mind is a powerful thing and can some times trick us into thinking we are tasting something bland and boring. Have you ever closed your eyes and craved a Sprite? You know the flavor, the texture and then someone gives you a Dr. Pepper. Throws you off doesn’t it? The flavors of wine are so complex that you may get so many different tastes and people may taste two different things from the same exact wine. If you are new to wine, I highly suggest picking up “Wine for Dummies.” It is a great book and explains the regions and origins of wine and really the complete history. My favorite part about wine is that it can compliment and actually enhance the flavor of the food your eating when paired correctly. Now I am no sommelier, but I do understand flavors in all forms of foods and liquid and feel confident in being able to pair up wine with the food I make. ALSO, when it come to purchasing wine, the most expensive does not always mean the best! I have had some killer $10 bottle of wines and have had some crappy $100 bottles of wine. The cool thing is that you can test and tune to find out what you like and if you take your first sip of wine and realize you don’t like it, just give it to your neighbor 🙂 There are a lot of great wine deals out there, so be on the look out and JUST SAY YES TO WINE! Follow me at facebook.com/chefbillyparisi and at twitter.com/chefbillyparisi.