1. Generally, people prefer white to red wine. If you like sweet things, avoid reds for now and stick to whites. Once you get a feel for the grape varietals and their texture and taste, it’ll become easier branching out to different wines.
2. Understand that the more alcohol a wine has, the less sweet it will be. Wine will rarely (if ever) have more than 15% alcohol content so wines at this percentage will be more bitter. (If you do find a wine with more than 15%, I guarantee it either had more sugar added to it or is fortified, meaning brandy or some other alcohol was added to it.) If you want sweeter wine, look for wine with 12-13% alcohol content.
3.Take a taste quiz that pairs a wine to your tastes. A quick google search will yield quite a few results, and while it may not be incredibly accurate, it can give you a good place to start.
4. Stick to grape varietal named wines. Wine named after the grape varietal is easier to discern whether or not you’ll enjoy the wine once you’re acquainted with what each varietal tasted like. For example, red grape varietals like Malbec and Pinot Noir tend to be softer on the palate while other red grape varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot tend to be a bit bolder. It’s all about preference.
5. The basics: if you’re buying wine for the very first time for yourself or wanting to gift wine to someone, you can never go wrong with a Merlot (red) or with a Chardonnay (white). These are go to wines that pair well with nearly anything and are liked by most winos.
I hope these tips have provided some insight to the complexities of wine and how to begin delving into the wine world. If you have any tips, please let me know in the comments! I’ll see you next Wednesday!
(Shout out to my husband, Adam, for the awesome pictures!)