How to Choose A Good Wine
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How to Choose A Good Wine?

David J Sharp
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If you’ve ever walked into a wine store to buy a bottle of wine, you know that picking a bottle can seem overwhelming and a lot easier said than done. After a period of time, you realise that you’ve been standing in the store way too long, and the wine adviser has already moved on to help someone else… We know the story all too well.

Dealing with the process can make finding the right wine time-saver seem impossible.

The very first thing you need to do, to get a good bottle of wine, is to follow our list of tips.

Therefore, without further ado, here are the 6 tips for choosing a great wine that will please you not only the taste, but also the company that produced it.

1. Pick A Wine for Pairing

Why bother? Well, wine and food pairing is extremely important! As you eat certain foods, your taste buds are more sensitive to certain flavours… This is where matching your wine with your meal comes in.

You may be wondering, what are the different types of wine? And there’s a useful guide.

Choosing a wine that pairs well with specific foods and meals that you like to eat is our recommendation.

A sweet wine, as a rule of thumb, should ideally be paired with sweet food, such as a desert. We refer to these as dessert wine.

You may in fact want to stretch the boat with a glass of champagne for that romantic dinner. Also perfect for the sweet-tasting dessert.

Wine has a lot to say about its environment and taste, and while we all believe that a wine should be considered one of our own, there are actually quite a few opportunities to try different wine,

When you come to the wine shop or wine list, the good news is that you don’t have to wait long to find the perfect wine.

2. Ask for Tasting Notes

When you stumble upon a good wine, don’t ignore its tasting notes.

You want to make sure that you’re enjoying the wine in the way that the vineyard and wine producers intended for it to be tasted.

Otherwise, it may simply just seem mediocre at best.

3. Read the fine print – I.E Check the label

A great bottle of wine has an extremely long list of ingredients, including grape, varietal, tannin, and bottle age.

Pick a bottle that is a different style, has natural ingredients, and simply makes you excited to try it.

4. Get the right amount of oak

Similarly to the mouthfeel of a Reisling or its sibling, the aroma of a sparkling wine means that it will have a heavier taste which can be quite dry.

Oak barrels allow an expensive wine to give its full aroma.

The taste of oak, especially in lighter Wines, include Berry, Grapes, Mountain, and Wine Species while in Difficult or Full-Fired Wines it is the Grape Variety, Fruity, Hardy, Wood.

5. Try different grape varieties

Each type of grape has a different flavor and aroma, these grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, or Cabernet Franc.

Try to find an experienced producer to tell you which wines they produce best.

Additionally, it’s well-known that red wines have some incredible health benefits, and so this is always worth considering when choosing the perfect bottle to drink.

6. Keep those wine tasting notes safe

Once you’ve picked your wine, it’s still useful to keep these tasting notes, for when you next come to buy wine.

We hope that you’ve found this guide useful, and you can use these 6 tips to choose a great wine and instantly become a wine lover!

Additionally, if you decide to make your own wine, take a read of our other guide on how to do this here… And for those looking at how to store their wine, take a read of our article on this too.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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