As a wine merchant, I particularly enjoy speaking at wine dinner and tastings. At the start of every session, I try to establish what are the likes and dislikes of the group I am speaking to.

Choice is not something we are short of in the world of wine; there are thousands of different options for you to taste before coming to any finite conclusions. Occasionally, someone will utter something along the lines of, “I tried wine once and I didn’t like it”. How politely I phrase the returning question depends on how belligerent I am feeling that day; how could you possibly write-off an entire category of drink from only one tasting?

Assuming that there is no adverse physiological angle to this, it takes a very special kind of genius to come to such a conclusion having only tried one wine.