Wine shopping should be a fun and even an enlightening experience but all too often the opposite is true. Have you ever become frustrated trying to learn more about a particular wine, varietal or winery? Are salespeople in retail liquor stores of any value to you? Which wine description should you go by when reading differing information online about the same wine? How much time have you wasted attempting to find a specific wine? Read on to turn these frustrations into positive wine shopping experiences.
What Makes a Wine Good?
Wine preferences like food, are very individual as we each have different tastes. Each of us also has a uniquely developed palate when it comes to tasting the nuances in wines. cbd wine There are many wine critics out there but please realize that a wine rating is only a starting point when it comes to determining your opinion about a specific wine. Learning how to taste and evaluate wine for yourself will provide you with more enjoyment in shopping and drinking. Guidance on becoming your own wine critic has immensely more value than the guidance offered by the experts. However, this won’t apply to collectable and other high-end wines as the criteria for purchasing may be very different. Many aspects of wine selecting, tasting, serving, drinking, food pairing and even sending back a bad bottle in a restaurant can be fun when you’re equipped with the right information. A good wine is a wine which you enjoy; period!
Who’s Opinion Should You Trust?
It’s pretty rare to find a retail wine shop with a knowledgeable staff. Yes there are some, especially when the owner is a wine aficionado but they may not be familiar with the wines which interest you or they may not be available. Consider yourself blessed or lucky when a retail wine shop has a shelf-talker for a wine which interests you. At least the information on these notes comes from the winery and will usually accurately reflect what’s in the bottle; especially if there are winemaker comments. On the other hand, the internet provides all the information you can possible want on most things and that includes wine. But, which information should you believe and go by as you’re sure to find many discrepancies in the descriptions of the same wine. Reading different descriptions for the same wine has driven me up a wall for years and unfortunately it happens all the time when shopping for wine online.