Unlike winemakers, who can go to school to study enology and viticulture with a formal university curriculum, most wine writers are self-taught. Call it on-the-job training. When I moved to Napa in 1978, I had been drinking wine for five or six years, but my only formal education, if you could call it that, had been by visiting winery tasting rooms and reading. Tasting with winemakers, and hearing them describe their wines, was a huge benefit.
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