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How to Choose a Good Bottle of Wine

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How to choose a good bottle of wine

A lot of people ask us how to choose a good bottle of wine. Buying a bottle of wine is easy, but choosing a good one can be tricky. Different situations call for different types of wine. Of course, there are a wide variety of wines to choose from; enough to get the brain exhausted. The price tag or label on a wine does not necessarily determine the quality of a wine. There are many factors that make up a good wine. The first thing you should consider is how much you want to spend. There are plenty of good wines for reasonable prices. Then, these tips will help you choose the perfect bottle.

Decide What You’re Eating

How to choose a good bottle of wine

Yes, what you are eating matters when choosing a wine. Light wines go best with light foods like fish. Think about spicy foods with fairly sweet wines. Think about red wines with beef. Those are perfect pairings. Be careful not to overpower the flavor of the meal with your wine choice.

Do Your Research

There are thousands of wines for you to choose from. See what others are saying first. Websites like can help in this aspect. You will be provided a list of wines and people’s thought about them that will guide you in picking a brand and a variety. There are also a number of books and magazines that focus on vintages and wineries.

Find a Good Wine Venue

Remember, the quality of a wine does not always lie in its price. Find a good wine venue and take a bit of time to look at their collection. Some wines are expensive and still taste bad. However, you will find some wine collections that taste good and are also inexpensive. Note that there are a number of factors that can make wines expensive, other than their age. It could be start-up costs or location-based costs. Those don’t really matter to a wine buyer. Finally, if you visit a good wine store, the staff will be able to help you make a choice based on your tastes. That’s not the case if you’re buying wine at the grocery store.

Choose Based on Age

It is common that red wines improve in quality as they age. This does not apply to every wine – white wines are always ready for consumption. However, a wine’s vintage is a good factor to consider.

Trial and Error

How to choose a good bottle of wine

Above all, your personal taste will determine what will work best for you. Let your taste buds tell you. Recommendations will help, but ultimately, trying different wines is the best way to know how to choose a good bottle of wine. And don’t be afraid to pick up more than one. If you don’t like the first bottle you open, there’s always a backup.

At Cold Country Vines & Wines sampling is free every day except during special events.  Stop out today and see what varieties you like the best!