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Wine Online - Choosing and choice, plus a UK buyer's guide

Virgin Wines
- Special offer - £20 off your first case of wine if you click on the above link. Virgin are the largest online wine retailer in the UK with over 500 wines available.

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.

The Drink Shop
- Wines, spirits, champagne, beer and cider, gifts, accessories, ICE SCULPTURES (wow!) and hampers from this huge internet off-licence.
Sparkling Direct
- Over 75 Champagne gifts, available for next working day delivery if your order is placed before 3pm Monday to Thursday. Champagne prices range from £34.99 to £335.00.

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!

Storing Wine

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.

Gifts To Drink
- Over 500 Champagnes, Wines, Whisky's, Liqueurs, Spirits and Beers, together with cigars, flowers, chocolates and balloons, gift packaged together and delivered.
Vintage Wine Gifts
- Specialists in vintage wine, whisky, port, champagne and other alcoholic beverages, delivered next day. All bottles are beautifully gift wrapped with complete with a message.
Oddbins
- An award-winning selection of wine, 25% off selected Champagne and over 75 different Malt Whiskies.
Drinkstuff
- Accessories including alcohol detectors, neon signs, pub mirrors, bottle openers, pub optic sets.
Corking Ideas
- Drinking related gifts and accessories including corkscrews, bottle holders and openers, Vacuvin, Jack Daniels branded gifts and more.
Barmans
- Bottle Coolers, mini fridges/mini bars, optics, pourers, cocktail items, neon signs and other catering equipment and refridgeration units.
DrinkOn.com
- Armagnac, cognac, whisky and liqueurs. Delivery is free if you spend over £60.
Eden Wines
- A selection of wines from around the world.
Bar Absinthe
- An extremely strong alcoholic liqueur made from herbal extracts with distinctive bitter taste. 70% alcohol by volume.
Popacork
- A great selection of champagne (over 100 different varieties) and sparkling bubbly at good prices delivered to the UK.

 

Beertech
- Specialists in homebrew, selling beer kits, hops, fermenters, strainers, stirrers, barrels, racks, bottles and anything else you might require.