Last year, the wine industry in the country contributed over $160 billion to the economy, according to a study by MKF Research LLC in Napa Valley. The enormous popularity of wine could be from its recently celebrated health benefits, local wine aficionados said.
But how does one become a wine expert, or just more savvy? It's all about tasting.
"I think for beginners, it's really important to go wine tasting, whether it's at Wine Styles or any other place with a wine bar," Costa Mesa's Wine Styles manager Jennifer Keefe said. "Really, literally putting the wine in your mouth is the best way to learn about it — you can read some great books … and that's a great way to get started, but more importantly, it's the wine tastings."
Wine Styles and other local stores generally offer weekly tastings.
South Coast Plaza will host the LearnAboutWine's wine tour and 45 Napa Valley vintners from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.