I am a wine snob and geek. Also, I’m a fitness and nutrition geek. That’s why I’m a regular reader of Men’s Health (MH).
The other day, I found an interesting article about “How to buy better wine” on MH.
As I read the article, I found myself agreeing with David Duncan’s comments.
Here is why I like his comments.
As he says, “For most people, selecting a nice bottle of wine a daunting proposition.” It’s true. It’s very intimidating. I sometimes find myself in the same position looking for a good bottle of wine from so many choices of wines at the wine store or a restaurant. I bet readers also have the same situation. If I encounter a difficult choice, I sometimes seek out advice from my friends.
Next, “Trust your friends.” Yes, that is true. My friends and I have a similar interest in varietals and taste so I listen to my friends’ recommendation rather than the wine store or restaurant. After all, my friends know me a lot better than the wine/restaurant staff. Listen to your friends. Though you may not agree with all your friends’ suggestions, you’ll find they’re more knowledgeable about you and your tastes than strangers.
“Forget the wine score.” This is an interesting one. Yes, of course, you should not compare 92-points $30 bottle of wine and 92-points of $300 bottle. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. The truth the matter is so many people compares $30 vs $300 bottles. I definitely agree with him about wine points score. I’ve never seen ads or note said, received less than 80-points of scores from such critics or magazines.
“Skip bottles under $20.” Again, I really agree with his comment. I personally don’t like to purchase a bottle of red wines under $20 because it’s mixed with different blends.
“Blind taste to find out your favorite varietal.” Definitely, I agree with David. If you’re new to wine then find four to five varietals at the same price point. Describe yourself, beginning (aromas, color), middle (sweetness, alcohol, acidity, and tannin), and ending (long/short ending, aftertaste, and overall taste.) It’s a fun thing to do and discover your favorite varietal.
“Trust your palate.” Everyone has different palates and taste differently. There’s no right or wrong answer here.
“Try shopping the New World first.” I am like David, biased towards California where the temperate climate and fertile soil has produced some of the world’s most fantastic and pleasing wines, without the old world prices.
“Buy big. Literally.” I am not fond of large format of bottles. Instead, if I like the wine, I purchase a few bottles of same wines instead. After all, the wineries make a number of cases per year. If it sells out there will be no more of the same wine vintage.
“Stick with a vintner you trust.” I have trusted a couple of the vintners which purchase wines from them every year.
“Above all, drink what you like.” I always say to my friends trust your own palate and drink what you love. After all, you’re the one paying for a bottle of wine.