Tasting, Buying and Storing Wine
If you’ve ever been at a restaurant and felt like a phony when tasting wine, this guide can help. Learn how to select the right bottle, where to order the accessories you need to start a wine collection and get up to speed on proper wine storage techniques. In short, you’ll find everything you need for tasting, buying and storing wine like a pro.
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Before you invest in wines to try, it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking for. Reading wine reviews and tasting notes can help you figure out what your next bottle should be.
- Your personal taste is the most important element in judging and selecting wines. Don’t feel as though unconventional food and wine pairings are inappropriate or should be avoided.
- As you read various descriptions of wine, you may come across terms you’re not familiar with. For a basic list of wine vocabulary, visit WineAnswers.com’s glossary of wine terminology.
For the standards of assessing wine…
presents “The Wine Advocate Rating System,” a widely recognized form of judging wines. Based on a scale from 50–100, The Wine Advocate uses the point rating system to complement its more comprehensive tasting notes.
For professional wine reviewing sites…
offers free information to nonsubscribers under “critics’ picks.” Subscribers have access to a thorough wine search, shopping guide and restaurant poll; a one-year subscription costs about $30.
has a wealth of wine reviews arranged by country. Vineyards in each region are listed along with the bottles they produce. Visit the wine forums
to read user opinions.
For interactive wine review sites...
allows users to rate and review wines, and share their opinions. Recommend bottles you like to your “buddies” on the site, or keep track of the wines in your cellar.
Use the sites below for buying wine online. Choose wines from around the world, ... read more »
Get wine storage advice on how and where to place your wine when you’re not ... read more »
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