Buying wine for yourself
The golden rule here is to always remember your taste. That is all that will help you enjoy that bottle of wine you’ve finally un-corked. So the first step to buying wine is logically, figuring out what you take pleasure in sipping. For that, find a wine shop, preferably one which pays attention to its inventory and will guide you through the intricacies of wine tasting. Try and find a store that only sells wine, in the initial phases of your taste-searching since that’ll keep you focused. Try everything at first; you’ll love some tastes you’ll detest a few flavors and undertones – make a note of them. Then, collaborate with your friend at the wine store to help you find your near-perfect bottle.
If you stick to the less expensive wines, it will get pricey simply to try all the wines and settle for something you’d buy repeatedly. Once you’ve figured out what you like to drink, the next step is to find a supplier (we know you’ll need a lot of wine once you’ve gathered a taste!) Despite what some magazines claim, it is better to find a vineyard which sells indigenous family-made wines, not because of just the cost-effectiveness, but because they actually focus on the taste rather than just their profits. You can either trust word-of-mouth advice or use the internet to find the best vineyards near your area. Cheaper wines are meant to be consumed immediately whereas, the more pocket-pinching wine bottles are meant to be stored and aged, saved for a special occasion. This holds true even for Champagne, which is seeing a surge in its popularity. Choose wisely and don’t be drunk while making your decision!
Buying wines for others:
- Know your audience and purchase your bottle(s) accordingly. So, if you’re buying wine for a wedding, stick to Red, if you’re going someplace where people know their wine, carry both. If it is an outdoor event, go for the lighter reds (read: Pinot Noir and Merlot), if it is winter, choose a bolder red wine.
- Always make sure there’s enough for everybody- if a party has just wine as the core drink, plan for a bottle per person and if there are other drinks available, a quarter of a bottle per person would suffice.
- If you’re at a new place, say travelling to France, try their wine and order something that’s French! A little experimentation never hurt, and who knows, you may find a wine that you absolutely love!
- If you’re gifting wine to someone, you need to keep the size of the bottle in mind, other than, of course, their taste.
As a last word of advice: While choosing, don’t focus on hypes such as a bad year for wines; there is no bad wine, just a wine that tastes different. Don’t get misguided by companies claiming to be better. Remember, you know your taste, they don’t. Believe in yourself!
Enjoy your wine; it’s the drink of …