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The Best Advice I Ever Got Choosing Wine at the Store

Written by Madeline Puckette

Choosing wine is easy, even for a novice, if you follow this simple tactic. All it takes is a little planning!

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Curious to know how to choose a bottle of wine from the wine store? It’s easier than you might think! In fact, there are really only 2 critical steps for choosing wine. You don’t even need to be an expert to find great wines.

The most important effort in choosing wine happens before you even go to the store.

  1. Know the style of wine you’re looking for before you arrive. (red? white? bold? pairs with bbq?)
  2. Go to a real wine store.

If there’s one thing to learn on choosing wines is to stop shopping for wines at *most* grocery stores. Why? Well, the smaller, more hand-crafted wines tend to go to the exclusive wines stores first, leaving just larger production wines (that are distributed widely) to the grocers.

Written byMadeline Puckette

James Beard Award-winning author and Wine Communicator of the Year. I co-founded Wine Folly to help people learn about wine. @WineFolly

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