If you’ve ever dreamed of drinking wine for a living, you may just be in luck. There are jobs out there that allow you to work in the wine industry and taste some of the best wines available. Here are a few ways you can get started towards your goal of becoming a professional wine drinker. 

Research

Although drinking wine is a big part of learning about it, you’ll also need to do research. It’s important to learn about the different types of grapes and the regions where they are grown. If you plan to work in the food and wine industry, you’ll need to learn about how different flavor profiles to pair with different dishes. Start by finding books on wine and doing your research. 

Drink

You’ll want to try as many wines as you possibly can. This can get expensive, so you may want to find a wine bar with TABC licensing where you can do tasters. If you start working around wine, you’ll be able to try a lot more of them. Be prepared to use the spit bucket a lot though. 

Work

Experience is the best way to move up in the business. You’ll want to find a job where you work around people who are very knowledgable about wine. This could be at a winery, a wine bar or even a wine store. It won’t be glamorous at first, but immersing yourself in the world of wine is where it all begins. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions and introduce yourself to people in the industry. 

It may take a while before you get enough experience to reach your perfect job, but enjoy the journey. You’ll be amazed at how many incredible people you meet along the way and the fun you’ll have. You’ll find your perfect position before you know it.