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How To Buy Wine

There are so many wines to choose from, sometimes it can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider before you head to the wine store.


Occasion - what are you buying the wine for? Is it for a special occasion? Or for you and your significant other to have with dinner? Or maybe just for yourself to try something new. This should help you consider-


Budget - how much do you want to spend? Here's a tip - expensive doesn't always equal better. There are good reasons to splurge on a more pricey champagne or wine sometimes, but there are a lot of really good wines out there in the $15 to $20 range that are great choices and great value. There are also some under $15 that I've had that are really good. Some examples would be Chilean and Spanish wines.


Food Pairing - consider what your meal is going to be. The old rules of red with meat and white with fish are outdated. Experiment, drink what you like. Try to get a wine that's not going to overpower your dish. Go for balance. Suggestions- Try some lighter reds like Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone with fish. And some fuller bodied white wines like Chardonnays and Pinot Gris with meat.


And something else that bears consideration is weather and seasonality. Right now, it is in the 90's where I live, so that's when a cold food friendly Rose or lighter white wine would be welcomed at the table.

I'm always happy to help or make suggestions. Feel free to email me at cindy8760@att.net

Cheers!


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