Sometimes buying wine can be overwhelming, we know – so many choices, so much to consider, what will people think etc, you know, Hello Joburgers?
Well panic not, we have you sorted, with our Top 3 tips to looking like a pro in the wine aisle at your local supermarket, thanks to the pro team at KWV Wines, who believe that the most important thing is that you enjoy the wine you choose your way. So, pick a bottle
, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy your moment of classic relaxation.
What is your favourite colour?
Even for the more seasoned wine drinker buying wine can be daunting – you may find yourself staring blankly at row upon row of bottles, often afraid to ask the questions that really need answering. You are struggling to decide between white or red, but it’s just a matter of preference. It may be a hot, humid day and so white wine would work best, or it’s a cold wintery night
which calls for a bottle of red. Trust your instincts and remember, it’s all personal choice.
Once you have decided on colour, read the label for extra information as this may help you in making your decision. Front labels will show you the necessary information such as winery name, grape variety and origin as well as the vintage – the year in which the grapes were harvested. The back label is where you will find the exciting nuggets of information such as sensory characteristics, winery history and sometimes, food pairings.
What do your taste buds say?
So now that your colour choice is sorted take a deep breath and think about what you usually drink and the flavours that you enjoy, and look for these taste notes in your wine. Then, why not ask someone at the store for help; are you looking for something crisp and citrusy
, something sweet, or something full-bodied and spicy? From here you should be directed to a wine varietal, and then all that is left for you to do is to think about the occasion.
What’s your classic occasion?
Is it a night in with a series accompanied by a glass – or are you looking to buy wine as a gift, for a special occasion or a dinner party? Once you know your price range, a lot of the wine buying pressure is off. Speak to someone instore, and ask them to help you by recommending a wine within your budget.
This fun part will allow you the opportunity to explore new wines, so simply enjoy! There is nothing wrong with trying a variety of wines until you find the ones you love – and they needn’t break the bank either.
Tell us which wines you love – or share your wine shopping experience with us in the comments section below…
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