Choosing the right bottle of wine can be a little intimidating when you don't know much about wines and are not too sure where to begin. A common mistake is to assume that just because a particular wine is expensive, it is going to be a great wine, because this is not always reliable.
A fantastic place to begin, whatever your experience or knowledge is a trip to a local wine shop. Having a knowledgeable member of staff to direct you in making a great purchase makes life much easier.
There is a broad variety of wines available and prices vary a lot. Ask an assistant to guide you to find the ideal bottle to suit your budget. Depending on your location, you might be able to get some great deals on wine that is locally produced.
European wine, often referred to as ‘Old World’ Wines, from places like Italy Spain, Germany and Italy are subtle and are made using traditional fermentation in regions that have a long winemaking history. These generally have an intense flavour. Nowadays, winemaking is not exclusive to Europe and a number of outstanding ‘New World’ wines are being produced in a variety of the New World countries, including South America, South Africa, Australia, Chile and America. These New World wines are known as easy drinking wines and have become very popular.
A well stocked wine shop with an excellent selection is an perfect place to explore different wines and experiment in order to identify wine that you really love. In a lot of wine shops you are given the opportunity to try out the wines and this is often the case if you are shopping for a bulk buy.
A reserve refers to a quality wine that is held back, to be aged for a couple of years, before it is bottled and sold.It could be that a wine is an especially high quality, perhaps wine produced during an exceptional year, or a wine that is special in some way. You cannot rely on recommendations, reserves or award winning bottles as the most important thing is whether you like it or not!