Reporter: Simple Wine Resolutions for 2012

From the Maple Valley Reporter:

Early January is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year and make resolutions for the new one. For those of us who take wine seriously — or at least want to — it's smart to include wine in our New Year's resolutions. So here are three simple resolutions that'll heighten your wine appreciation in 2012.

1. Learn!

There are countless ways to learn about wine. Books are great, as you can move at your own pace. If you're a budding oenophile, pick up a copy of Kevin Zraly's "Windows on the World Complete Wine Course." If you're already somewhat advanced, make sure you have a copy of "The Oxford Companion to Wine" on your bookshelf. Edited by celebrated British wine writer Jancis Robinson, it's considered the world's most comprehensive wine encyclopedia.

Wine courses are also a great way to learn - and they're typically lots of fun. There are plenty of excellent options across the country, but if possible, look for a school that's affiliated with the London-based Wine & Spirit Education Trust. For good reason, it's recognized across the world.

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