At WineCollective, we enjoy all facets of wine education, but I like it it best when it’s fun. If you’re like me, check out this guy, Kris Chislett. He runs and contributes to blogyourwine, a site devoted to talking about wine in an informally informative fashion:
“Kris is one of only a few Certified Sommeliers (Court of Master Sommeliers) and Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators) in North-East Florida. He created this website in order to give people the resource he never had: an unpretentious, user-friendly, fun, interactive guide to the world of wine.”
The blog is a wonderful resource, both silly and fascinating, and I would have lost countless hours reading if the youtube channel hadn’t snatched that time instead!
Addressing questions like Do all the different wine bottle shapes mean something? or What’s the deal with non-vintage wine?, the channel is an easy and approachable guide for beginners. I found plenty of tips on wine etiquette (the cork is not to be sniffed!), terminology (wine has legs?), and info for tasting, storing, and travelling with wine. Interacting with users, Kris also takes questions and informs in a friendly, offbeat manner while still managing to be succinct.
For me the pièce de résistance is in the nerdy details like the difference between decanting and aerating (decanting is a typically longer process), and information I would classify as trivia:
(The bonus is finding new uses for existing words).
Cheers to Kris Cheslitt for his fresh approach to wine education. We know that wine is fun, and he proves it!