Say Hello to Eric Asimov’s New Wine Column

Eric Asimov, the chief wine critic at the New York Times, welcomes drinkers to the Wine School, a new column that serves as virtual wine club. Each month Asimov will pick three representative examples of a type of wine (Bordeaux is up first) and will explore them with readers via straightforward questions like, “What is its texture?” and “How is it by itself, and how is it with food?”

Asimov encourages readers to carefully observe their personal reactions to wine and to actually drink the wines, explaining that the compromise of tasting is one that only professionals need to make. With Asimov’s dedication to dismantling intimidation around wine, this seems like a wonderfully low-pressure way for people to learn to love wine more. [New York Times]