You plan to buy wine whether for a party or just for yourself, you need to know the ways of picking up the right selection. Although, the choice is more personal than routine or scientific, there are still some general tips as it is called the three P’s: Preference, price and pairing. Thus, mastering these tips shall help you in the long term.
The purchasing power is without doubt an important factor in judging what you can (or cannot) purchase. Earlier, good wine was expensive and nothing came below $30 while you can get the same in present times for $15 or even less. Contact a reliable wine dealer for suggestions within your purchasing power.
They generally differ from person to person, however in the case of wine, it needs to be based on the meal combination and the company you are having. Plenty of wines with their own distinct tastes, vintage, contents and country of origin exist; hence, each has a specific usage.
Hence, in a get together party, go for the ‘Safe Wines’ (white or/and red) which do not have heavy effects, use ‘Starter Reds’ like Pinot Noir, softer Merlot for people unaccustomed to heavy wines, and ‘Gewurztraminer’ is the favorite for a white wine.
If new, try out these tips according to your preferences; ‘Dry White wine’ (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, or Sauvignon Blanc)’ ‘Reds’ that are simple and not full-bodied (Pinot Noir, Merlot or Gamay), More complex wines (Syrah/Shiraz-from Australia, California Cabernet Sauvignon, or Zinfandel) and the ‘Sweet ones’ (Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Muscat dessert).
If you are an adventurous type and would like to experiment, take the help of wine experts or a good wine dealer to guide you in the various interesting wine combinations which you have not tried earlier.
This is an important factor in choosing the wine, since wines generally go well with some food combinations and one needs to check out the wine-food combinations. Noting the contents of the food as to what you shall be using: fruits or spices; red or white meat; herbs-fresh/dried and their types and any other which shall influence your choice.
For instance, red wines pair well with heavy food better than white ones, which are more suitable for the lighter meals. However, there are no hard and fast rules as it really depends on your choice as each individual is unique so shall be his/her tastes in terms of food and wine. Thus, the food-wine pairing is more personal (99%) than scientific (1%).