How to Choose A Good Wine

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Written By Charlie Henney

Charlie's been a wine enthusiast for 20+ years. He and Roseanne have a vast amount of experience and expertise in wine refrigerators.





1. Pick A Wine for Pairing

What’s the point? Wine and food pairing, on the other hand, is crucial! Your taste buds become more sensitive to certain flavors as you consume certain foods… This is where pairing your wine with your meal comes into play.

You might be wondering, what are the various types of wine? There’s also a helpful guide.

Our advice is to select a wine that goes well with the foods and meals you enjoy eating.

As a general rule, a sweet wine should be paired with something sweet, such as a dessert. These are known as dessert wines.

You might want to splurge on a glass of champagne for that romantic dinner. Also ideal for a sweet-tasting dessert.

While we all believe that a wine should be considered one of our own, there are actually quite a few opportunities to try different wines.

The good news is that you won’t have to wait long in the wine shop or wine list to find the perfect wine.


2. Ask for Tasting Notes

When you come across a good wine, don’t dismiss its tasting notes.

You want to make sure you’re drinking the wine the way the vineyard and winemakers intended.

Otherwise, it may appear to be mediocre at best.


3. Read the fine print – Check the wine label

A great bottle of wine contains a long list of ingredients, including grape, varietal, tannin, and bottle age.

Choose a bottle that is unique in style, contains natural ingredients, and simply makes you want to try it.


4. Get the right amount of oak

A sparkling wine’s aroma indicates that it will have a heavier taste that can be quite dry, similar to how a Reisling or one of its siblings feels in the mouth.

An expensive wine’s full aroma can be released in oak barrels.

In lighter wines, especially, the flavor of oak is characterized by berries, grapes, mountains, and wine species, whereas in difficult or fully-fired wines, the flavor of oak is characterized by grape variety, fruity, hardiness, and wood.


5. Try a different grape variety

Each type of grape, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, or Cabernet Franc, has a distinctive flavor and aroma.

Find a seasoned producer and ask them which wines they make the best.

Red wines are also well known for their amazing health benefits, so this is something to keep in mind when selecting the ideal bottle to enjoy.


6. Keep those wine-tasting notes safe

After you’ve chosen your wine, keep these tasting notes for the next time you go wine shopping.

We hope you found this guide helpful, and that you can use these 6 tips to select a great wine and instantly become a wine lover!

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