Six Tips for buying good wine

Some purchases and selections are difficult to make, given the cost and experience. The same goes for buying a bottle of good wine. Not many know how to make a perfect selection. It requires some skill and know-how. And wines are not openly available as soft drinks and juices. So you cannot just grab a bottle and taste. Shopkeepers may not allow testing before you make your selection and pay for it. It is a useless expenditure if the flavor does not suit your taste buds after purchasing, as alcoholic drinks are more expensive than regular carbonated ones. So how can you make the best selection? As a starter guide, sipping, sniffing, and swirling are some hints to make a selection. You can also ask for suggestions from vendors, seasoned winemakers, or friends. Well, it is a time-taking process merely to purchase a bottle of drink. But that is how you will learn about the countless varieties of wines and make perfect choices. So get through the following tips and tricks to make the best selection for your next wine purchase.

Check the description label of the product

Given the rules and regulations of eatery products, every manufacturer enlists a detailed description of the wine. You can find the details of ingredients, manufacturing and expiry dates, manufacturer, and importers on the description label of a particular brand. You can get clues about the taste, flavor, acidity, and texture from the fruits, preservatives, additives, and alcohol content. The proportion of these ingredients also changes the taste and flavor of the wine. For instance, peach wine is light, sweet, and less acidic as the fruit has a higher content of carbohydrates. It means wines from sweet fruits like cherries, grapes, blueberries, and raspberries yield different flavors and tastes than sour fruits like plums and citrus. In short, reading the product description is a good starting point.  

Read about different varieties

You will find countless wine varieties in the market based on region, the winemaking process, ingredients, taste, flavor, scent, color, and texture. It is hard to make the best guess without some know-how. You cannot predict if red wine is better than white or rose wine just by the outer appearance of the bottle and color. You must dig deeper and conduct brief background research to use your money wisely. Start with some well-known brands and read about their taste and flavor. For instance, Riesling is one of the favored white wine brands. It gives a sweet, lighter, and fruiter taste. Pinot Noir is another variety that falls in the red wine category. It tastes similar to red fruits like strawberries and cherries. White Zinfandel is a rose wine variety with a moderately sweet and citrus taste. Since it has higher alcohol content than red wine varieties, you will get a somewhat dry sensation. These are just a few varieties. Explore online resources and find out more about other wines. 

Check suitable wine and food combinations

The best wine option is the one that compliments your dining menu, as a bottle of wine always rests beside other eatery options. So the wine selection varies if you are having snack time, a full-course meal, or drinking empty stomach. It means you can make a perfect selection based on the wine and food pairing criteria. Thus read about suitable pairing alternatives. Generally, red wines have a dry, less sweet, and bitter taste. It improves appetite if you consume it before a full-course meal. And their darker red versions are more intense and rich and pair well with moderately spicy foods like grilled meat. They are a perfect selection if you use them after dinner, as they have higher alcohol content. White wines are more acidic, crispier, citrus, and sweeter than red wines. And they pair well with seafood and vegetable dishes. Rose wine falls between red and white in terms of acidity. Its varieties taste moderately sweet, slightly acidic, and a little dry. They pair well with pesto, salmon, soft cheese dishes, and grilled meat.

Check the winemaking process and duration

The winemaking process and duration are other variables of the wine selection criteria. For instance, some wines yield better taste if you leave them in a winery for a long. Others can give pleasant flavor and taste even after a short enrichment duration. Varying the content of fruits, alcohol, and other preservatives also changes the flavor and taste to a great extent. For instance, more alcohol percentage produces a sweeter, bolder, and flavourful taste. In addition, winemakers modify flavor, taste, and acidity by using multiple juicy fruits. Wines’ taste also varies from region to region depending upon the fruit taste, weather conditions, fruit processing methods, and the winemaking process. Undeniably, it is a deep dive into an irrelevant domain merely to find a flavorful wine. But you will get lifelong learning from this time investment and learn about different varieties.

Aim for a balanced and pleasant sensation

Good wine should give a balanced taste and refreshing feeling after drinking. It should match well with your taste buds rather than leave an acrid scent or unpleasant sensation. It should deliver the flavors and tastes of its constituents. So pay attention to the flavors when you try and taste any wine. If the flavors satiate your taste buds and stay on your tongue, you have found the perfect wine. In addition, aim for a choice that goes well with your food. If the wine choice complements whatever you are eating, you have a perfect selection. It means wine pairing and serving also matter when purchasing a bottle of wine. So make sure the taste goes well with your dining menu. For instance, Pinot Noirs have a balanced taste and flavor. They complement a wide variety of dishes and cuisines. But if you prefer sugary flavors, go for dessert varieties like Tokaji Aszú, Passito, and Eiswein.

Tasting can help find out the best choices

No matter how much you study and research different wines, you cannot find how they taste until you try them. Ultimately, the taste that suits your taste buds is the best choice. So go for a tasting to find a perfect match. Even if you waste money on some bad selections, it is okay. You cannot learn about different varieties, how they taste, and which one is better without trying. And it is not a waste of money. You will get a firsthand experience of trying different wines. So start with some background research right away. Search local vineyards in your surroundings and ask them for a tasting favor. Make some best guesses or random purchases from wine stores. Try different varieties while attending social gathering events or dining in restaurants. You can also enquire restaurant attendants about the wine variety, its locality, brand, and other relevant questions. This process will ultimately lead you to some of the best and most worthwhile choices you can brag about at any gathering.


Price, fancy packaging, and renowned labels are not the only definitive criteria for an aromatic, flavorful, and tasty wine. You can find suitable options at all affordable ranges. But making a wise selection requires some know-how in this field. You can satiate your taste buds with various flavorful wines just by brief research and knowledge of different brands, their constituents, and the making process.