Wine Buying Strategies

Thursday, July 26th, 2007 at 12:00 am

wine shoppingSo you’ve finally decided to go out and find yourself some wine and you just happen to know a well-recommended wine store and you’re ready to face your fears by preparing yourself  to go through the many wines that that particular wine store has. What should you remember when you are already in the wine store? Well, here are a few reminders for you to remember.

Stock up on wine resources

There is literally a thousand and one resources out there regarding wine, how they taste, what they taste like, what kind of food goes well with it, who would appreciate what wines, positives and negatives of a wine varietal, etc. There is so much information out there regarding wine that being able to bring with you some material to the store will only be able to give you a better and more informed decision regarding the choice that you are to make.

You might want to bring books on wine, if you have them, brochures and printed out copies of some parts of a website in order for you to distinguish what type of wine is best for you. There is a lot of valuable information regarding the vintages as well as the producers that you might normally lose track of. So the vintage of the wine if very important to know because that will ultimately determine if that wine is a wonderful type of wine or a type of wine that is so-so.

There are resources available for the wine fanatic such as The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate are considerate enough to offer wine ratings for individual wines which can be extremely useful when you are selecting wine. One thing you should remember when using these sources is that you should just remember that these wine reviews are simply subjective and do not hold enough water for them to be considered truth. They are merely someone else’s opinion so if you see a wine with a mediocre rating, don’t automatically assume that it’s a bad type of wine. To taste is still to believe.

Be thorough

Once you’re inside the store, be sure that you don’t get caught inside just one area of the store. You should be able to survey the entire area for the reason that a bargain may very well end up in the few corners of the wine store. You  might not know where the good buys are but it would be best if you went around the store browsing through your favorites to see if they have any good prices on them anyway. After all, what’s so bad about getting a good price for your favorite bottle of Merlot?

So there you have it. Be sure to always be on the lookout and to research what you are really into. Know what your alternatives are and most of all, be patient if you’re looking to find a good buy. Your efforts will be well rewarded not only with a great bottle of wine but also with some experience under your belt and, if you’re lucky, some savings to boot.