How to choose wine
The choice of wine is ultimately unique to the person drinking it, and these guidelines hopefully will build upon that premis, rather than preach about which wines are the best, what to drink with chicken, fish or red meat or argue about the relative merits of a Burgundy compared to a Bordeaux.
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Which wines taste the nicest?
This is a difficult question to answer, unless something about the tastes of the person asking the question are known. Each person has there own unique likes and dislikes, ie their own palate. It also depends whether the wine is to be drunk on its own, or eaten with something else.
As with many alcoholic and none alcoholic drinks, such as malt whiskies, coffee and cola, the appreciation of wines is an acquired taste and taste preferences progress as more wines are experienced. For example, an immature palate, such as that of a child tasting wine for the first time or a person not used to drinking wine, will most likely prefer sweeter and lighter wines that taste more like fruit juice. Wines that fall into this category include German Riesling, French Vouvray and some Californian Chardonnays. As the palate matures, Australian Chardonnay and French Sauvignon Blanc may offer an acceptable alternative or may even be preferred. On many wine labels, there is a ranking to give an indication of how sweet the wine is, and these rankings are very useful when choosing what to buy.
Some white wine drinkers never progress to red wines. However, those that do usually start off with the lighter red wines such as those made with the Pinot Noir grape. Beaujolais Nouveau is also a very drinkable red wine, as it is always young and fresh. The more mature palate is likely to prefer fuller bodied reds, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot or an Australian Red Zinfandel.
It can be a good idea to go to a wine tasting event, or even host your own. Many companies will come round to your house free of charge to let you and your friends taste a variety of wines, in the hope that you will place some orders with them. If you intend to do this, it is usually a good idea to make sure that you have a large number of guests at your "party" so that noone feels pressurised into making a purchase that they wouldn't otherwise make. Remember, that just because a wine costs more, it doesn't mean that it is any "better". After all, it's your taste that counts, because you are the one who'll be drinking it!
It is best stored on its side, to keep the cork moist. It should be stored at a constant temperature in a cool, dark place.
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