The only way to learn more about wine is to drink more of it.
How many subjects can you say that about? Of course, books and specialist magazines are great ways of getting the latest information on producers, vintages and new releases. But there is no substitute for opening a bottle and getting stuck in.
It's a bit gloomy to do this alone, so if you are keen to know more, I suggest corralling some friends to join you and joining in a wine tasting.
How do I know? Well, I've just test-driven one out under the expert tutelage of Swansea wine merchant Nick John. What started out as an occasional event at Swansea's 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on the city's seafront, is now a firm fixture in its diary and one that is becoming increasingly popular with everyday drinkers.
Now of course truly smart wine drinkers know there are only three things that count – the grape variety, the year, and, most importantly of all, the winemaker. But to heathens like me, the design of the label as well as the price count too.
I know, I know, of course it shouldn't,. But let's be honest here, it does.
I daren't tell Nick of course. But in fact, there is no need. Because the 20 or so of us on the course are quickly immersed into his world. A world in which the whole ethos is that you learn through taste and through other people around you responding to the wine too.
So at the class, I'm listening to Nick ask our group what we all think of a £5.95 Steenbok Shiraz.
"Let's try this on the palate, here we go."
A robust exchange of views follows from my fellow drinkers.
So just how much should a wine tasting be about teaching and how much about exploring your own way around wine? The question is partly how much learning you want to pack in on a night out.
While Nick's course is informal, he fully enthuses about what is on offer. It doesn't though come with flowery metaphors or any ridiculous snobbery.
Instead, we learn to have faith in our own judgement. The Steenbok is followed up with glasses of Adobe Organic Syrah; d'A Shiraz Viognier and a Lackey Shiraz all at well under the £9 – a- bottle mark should you want to take some home with you.
Everything we do changes the way we taste the wine, whether it's the type of glass we use to the amount we pour into the glass. But sniffing remains one of the most important ways we detect flavours.
I didn't gulp too much though it is hard too to persuade people not to fill their glasses to the top because you lose the aroma of the wine which produces so much of the taste, never mind them remembering to alter the size of their sips depending on what they are drinking.
Did I learn very much? Yes, I did actually. My knowledge levels were horribly low before I walked in on the event mostly honed from supermarket 'must buy' deals and yes, the likeability of that label on the front of the bottle .
At its end, well, it might not have taught me how to appreciate high-end Barolo. But it did at least firmly hold my interest. As all good wine should.
A lot of fun!