How to Choose a Wine
There are wines for every palate and a variety
to suit all pocketbooks. Whatever your preference - red or white,
domestic or imported, bubbly or smooth - there are several easy rules
to apply when choosing a wine.
Insist on Quality for Price: Quality of wine is always
a factor of price. If you can find a comparable wine for less, you
have found a better wine. Only snobs insist on the most expensive
bottle on the shelf. True wine appreciation understands value and
Read the Label - Front and Back: Wine labels are
important, read them. A sloppy label is the sure sign of a poor wine.
Check the wine label. If it contains mistakes - spelling errors or
a poorly produced picture then the odds are pretty good that the wine
is not worth it. If the company can't take the time and didn't make
the effort to get the label correct they probably didn't have the
necessary patience to get the wine right either. A high quality label
with good quality paper are normally good signs for wine. A company
is probably not going to invest in special artwork and
design for a wine which is not of quality. The back of the label is
an important tool for kashrut and halachic purposes.
Check the color of the wine: Hold the bottle up,
look for clearness and clarity. If, on examination, the wine looks
cloudy, put the bottle down and go elsewhere. A white wine's color
should be clear, as it gets older it will yellow but still remain
clear. A red wine's color, even though bottled in dark glass, should
be also look clear. So hold the bottle up to the light and check carefully.
Don't be fooled if you are told that the wine is merely aged, age
does not cloud up a bottle, poor wine and poor storage do.
When in doubt, ask: A good wine store will offer
good advice. Ask someone who knows. If you're in a reputable
store, the proprietor should offer advice and guidance. In the supermarket,
be nosy, ask others eyeing the wine shelves for their opinion and
Trust Your Own Taste: Wine is for enjoyment, not
just ritual. If you enjoy red wine with fish or white wine with beef,
indulge yourself. Wine is a treat, a pleasant accompaniment to your
meal, a festive way to celebrate. Break the rules. Enjoy yourself
- in moderation.
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