Spotlight on Decanter Magazine
We here at the MODA blog like to decode and debunk what's trendy, and mostly it's just luck, or being in the right place at the right time. However, I'm naturally competitive, so I'm gonna try to one-up that. I think it has to do with being in the right place with the right wine.
As college students, many of us understand the struggle with wine. On a student budget we often resort to Franzia or Three Buck Chuck. To be fair there's nothing wrong with that and, in fact, I'm an ardent lover of Three Buck Chuck and would encourage everyone to capitalise on its low price. But what do we do when we're networking, or at dinner with a friend's unexpectedly fancy parents? What if they ask as about wine?
Okay, so I understand how this topic isn't necessarily relatable. But knowing a bit about wine pays off. Not only can you use your knowledge to impress Real Adults, but also to improve your own life — even if that just means knowing which flavour of Franzia will pair best with your instant ramen.
So where do we start? Most kids in the US aren't raised around wine, and even if they are, their perceptions are usually limited to their parents' tastes. I fall into the second category, but as you can see I'm super passionate about it. So I decided to subscribe to Decanter magazine.
Decanter is a British magazine affiliated with TimeInc., a company that manages brands such as Homes and Gardens, and MarieClaire UK. They're known for reviewing and discussing wine, but what I appreciate most about Decanter are their sections dedicated to helping you find your feet in the wine world. From the basic tasting notes, to quizzes on wine production, and even recommending what to pair with mooncakes during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, Decanter teaches you everything you want (and didn't know you want) to know. Moreover, Decanter also puts a fair emphasis on phenomenal wines that are affordable too. So even though we might not have the same selection as in the UK, you can at least get a decent idea of what's in your price range.
Once you cross that river, the whole world of wine awaits.