Selecting a Fine Red Wine
Like aged liquors, selecting a wine requires an understanding of the various elements that go into the beverage. Price, style of wine, and pairing options should all be considered before making a purchase.
How much are you willing to pay? It is a common misconception that good wine has to be very expensive. While expensive wines certainly merit their price tags, in today’s age you are able to find very flavorful, delicious wines for around $15. Most businesses that sell wine should have someone on staff to assist you in finding an appropriate wine for a reasonable price. Remember, good wine doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket!
What style of wine should you get? Dry and sweet red wines have very different tastes, and your friends or family might prefer one over the other. If you’re unsure which style to purchase, we suggest selecting a red wine somewhere in the middle. A Pinot Noir or Merlot will have a softer taste than some stronger wines. A Cabernet Sauvignon is recommended for those seeking a more full-bodied, robust wine.
Are you buying this wine to pair with food? While pairing really comes down to personal preference, there are a few things that can be taken into account to make an educated decision on wine and food pairing. For example, a red wine pairs better with heartier foods like meats, but it shouldn’t be too strong of a red wine to overpower the food. White wines, on the other hand, would pair better with lighter foods like pasta, fish, and seafood.