Wine merchants may have a collection of preselected wines that are popular among their clients. Based on this popularity, as well as their own experience, these experts can make sound suggestions to new customers like you. Recommendations from these people, who know what they're talking about, are great most of the time.


Then again, there will be occasions when you'll find the selections presented before you as unappealing, to say the least. As a rule of thumb, when it comes to wines, your taste buds should make the judgment. However, how do you know the proper way to taste wines?

While wine tasting is a skill developed over time, beginners may apply the basics to kick-start their journey towards discovering their wine of preference. An article published on Wine Enthusiast Magazine explains that:

The ability to sniff out and untangle the subtle threads that weave into complex wine aromas is essential for tasting. Try holding your nose while you swallow a mouthful of wine; you will find that most of the flavor is muted. Your nose is the key to your palate. Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff, you'll begin to develop the ability to isolate flavors-notice the way they unfold and interact-and, to some degree, assign language to describe them.

The logic behind the price differences

When you visit a wine shop, you may find that certain types are sold at a relatively lower price while others are quite expensive. The prices of wines are influenced by origin, form of production, grape variety and consumer demand.

Take your taste buds on an adventure

Even if you've found the wine that appeals to your palate, continue to explore other options. Taste as many varieties as you can. This shouldn't be hard as various social occasions make a perfect time to pop out that cork and clink those glasses.

Invite your friends over and share your new discovery with them. Tasting wines you've never tried before can also help you develop the skill to notice how regional conditions affect their character. What can be better than learning new things and enjoying your glass of wine while spending time with the people you want to be surrounded with?

(Article Excerpt and Image from Wine for Beginners, Wine Enthusiast Magazine)