It should be fun, and even educational, to shop for wine. But it is all too common. Are you frustrated by trying to find out more about wine? Do you think salespeople at retail liquor stores are worth your time? When reading different information about the same wine online, which wine description should you use? How much time did you waste trying to find the right wine?
Continue reading to learn how you can turn your frustrations into positive wine shopping experiences.
What makes a wine good?
Wine preferences are like food. We all have our own tastes. Every person has a unique palate that can be used to identify the subtleties in wine. You will have more fun shopping for estate grown & hand crafted wines and drinking it. Although there are many wine critics, a wine rating does not give you an accurate picture of wine.
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The guidance you receive from experts is far more valuable than their advice. This won't work for collectible or other premium wines, as the criteria for buying may be different. When you have the right information, wine selection, tasting, drinking, pairing, and even returning a bad bottle at a restaurant can all be enjoyable. The best wine is one you love.
Which Opinion Should You Believe?
It is rare to find a wine shop that has knowledgeable staff. There are some, especially if the owner is a wine enthusiast. However, they might not be knowledgeable about the wines you are interested in or may not have them available. If a retailer wine shop has a shelf-talker listing a wine that interests you, consider yourself lucky.
The internet, on the other hand, provides all information possible about most things, including wine.