There is so much that goes into choosing a bottle of wine and it can be quite overwhelming. There are a few tips and tricks though that can help you make better choices.
Region – get to know what flavours and characteristics each region consistently produces.
Climate – start paying attention to the difference in character between a cool, hot or temperate climate wine. This helps choosing a region you may not be overly familiar with but you know it’s quite a cool climate.
Variety – obviously knowing grape varietals is important and certainly a place to start. Learn to be adventurous though, there are so many out there!
Vintage – it’s hard to keep track of what region had a good vintage and when, but the more you get involved and learn you’ll start catching on.
Producer – if you’ve had and enjoyed a certain producers wine, good chance you will like some of the other wines they also produce.
Price – yes there are some great bargains out there, but you do often get what you pay for. Don’t expect to cellar a $10 wine.
At the end of the day it is a journey of exploring and learning. Have fun and don’t be disappointed if you don’t like a wine, it’s all part of the experience.