What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?
Everyone talks about it. Everyone asks about it. You’ve probably been faced more than once with the question “Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?” To which we usually answer, “Well, not really. I just want to live a little healthier, spend more time with my family, be more present, blah, blah, blah.” In our minds, we have determined to go to the gym, cut out carbs, engage in Dry January and not stress about work. Those resolutions probably happen, for a while. Then for some of us it’s back to our routine – and old habits – once we’ve forgotten that it’s a new year and a clean slate. While many of our resolutions are noble or beneficial in some way, few of us tend to stick to them throughout the year. This is why January is significant. New year, new leaf and a new resolve to be a better person in whatever way that looks for you.
We Propose Something Different for this New Year
We have an idea for you that is different than the typical new year goals, and definitely attainable. Resolve to learn. Pick a topic – any topic that interests you, then choose a sub-category of that topic. Narrow down your scope even more if that still seems daunting. You don’t need to take on the knowledge of the world, just commit to expanding your awareness even just a little bit. The benefits of learning far outweigh the small amount of effort you’ll need to put in.
Resolve to Learn About Wine in the New Year — All Year Long!
Full disclosure: we’re biased. We’d like you to learn about wine. That may seem like a huge undertaking. After all, Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine have studied for decades and still admit they can’t possibly know everything there is to know in the world of wine. We’re not suggesting that getting your Masters in Wine should be your New Year’s Resolution. Think smaller. Much smaller. Take the topic of wine and break it down into a sub-category. For example, you want to learn about red wine. What about learning about red wine from France? That can still be overwhelming, so narrow that region down to Bordeaux. There are five major red grape varieties used in Bordeaux which gives you plenty to learn about, but it’s manageable. Read books, blogs, wine reviews and attend tastings with that topic in mind. By the time you’ve dug as deep as you want to just in that one area, you’re well on your way to discovering quite a lot about wine.
We Can Help You Learn About Wine
JustWine is filled with information on a variety of subjects. Choose something and follow it down the rabbit hole. We are also involved in-person tasting events for those of you who learn better by doing (tasting)! That’s the great part about choosing the topic of wine. Not only do you get to learn by reading, you get to sample, taste and enjoy. Wine is an experience and tasting events are a great way to experience all aspects of wine from technical tasting to food pairings to the all-important social aspect. Ultimately you will discover more about what you like and don’t like. If you’re trying to commit to Dry January, don’t worry, you can still attend tasting events. A responsible sommelier will provide spit buckets so you can taste without consuming. Then when Fall-off-the-Wagon February comes around, you’re ready to make more educated wine decisions.
Don’t be discouraged if you’ve already broken all your resolutions. Most of us have. Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and click here to search for some unforgettable tasting events to get you on the learning track.