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Check out our Wine FAQ below. Wikipedia also has an excellent in-depth article on the history of wine here - definitely worth a read, since wine has such a fascinating and lengthy history.
Do you ever walk into your local wine store, and go up and down the long lines of shelves looking for the right bottle for dinner?
Yes, most of us do that too.
There is so much to choose from, it can be hard to know which bottle to bring home.
When choosing your wine, some things to consider include:
What is your budget?
The best wine isn't necessarily the most expensive. Don't choose the absolute cheapest wine on the shelf, but if you're on a budget and it's not a special occasion, then it's still possible to find excellent bottles for under $10. You might need to try a few to find one that you really like, and stock up if you find a good deal on a wine that you enjoy!
If you want to buy some wine to stock up your wine fridge or cellar, then you might want to pay a little more for wine that will age well.
What type of wine you select will also depend on the occasion:
There are thousands of types of wine, so which wine to select will depend on your preferences, and the preferences of your guests who will be enjoying the wine also. At the end of the day, wine is a beverage to be enjoyed, so make your selection based on what suits your palette, not based on what some wine buff tells you is the best wine to drink.
Another important consideration is what food you will be eating with the wine, or if you plan to enjoy it separately. In general, white wines are best with light foods (seafood, chicken), and red wines are better with more robust flavors such as steak. But there are many exceptions to that rule (for example, I usually prefer a medium-to-sweet white wine like a Gewurztraminer with spicy food). Read this article for some tips on pairing wine with food.
The final consideration is the temperature at which you will be serving the wine. For example, if you're taking the wine on a picnic and won't be able to keep it very cold, then a red would be a better choice than white. But if it's a hot summer day and you'll be enjoying the wine on your back deck in the sun, then there is nothing better than an icy-cold French Rose or Portuguese Vino Verde straight from the fridge!
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