4 Things You Need to Keep in Mind When Buying Wine

When you’re finally at the wine shop ready to make your purchase, the choice of quality wines is still quite stressful, but it doesn’t have to be as crushing as buying a new pair of pants that turns out to look terrible on you or not be in your size.

So what do you need to know about wine? Here are a few things you need to keep in mind before buying that fancy-looking bottle:

1. Price doesn’t always mean quality

Talking money can get a little weird, especially when you’re on a rather tight. However, you don’t need to stick out with something low-quality and end up regretting your purchase – there’s good wine in every price range.

What you should do is be upfront about your budget, and when you’re in a wine shop, asking for your preference in a specific price range is much safer and easier than simply picking one at random and hoping for the best.

2. What’s “new”

Keep in mind that “new” can mean a lot of things in a wine shop, from the newest released vintages to the new blends. But if you have a knack for trying out things you haven’t before – and you should, when it comes to wine – be sure to ask the staff on the new arrivals in their shop.

Not only will this help you satisfy your curiosity and your knack for novelty, but the new arrivals are also what tend to stay the freshest on their minds.

3. Think occasions

Small format bottles are great for casual nights, fancy dinner dates, or even as gifts, while large format bottles are great for social gatherings and holidays with friends and family, or with a lot of people in general.

While these big bottles age the wine a lot more slowly, they also work great for pleasing crowds, and having ten people open up a large bottle can add to the celebration.

4. The most important purchase factor: enjoyment

The most important part about getting started in your enjoyment of wines is asking questions. While this can be something scary, you can think or if instead as a quicker and much cheaper alternative to taking classes and reading wine books.

When it comes to wines and personal taste, there’s no such thing as a “dumb question”.

So if you’re buying for yourself, don’t be afraid to stand your ground on your choices. After all, you’re paying for it, so you might as well stick out with something that really goes along with your taste buds.

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)

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