Before you go out shopping around for wine, you’ll want to read this brief wine buyer’s guide. It will go over what you should consider when buying wine. Most wines have labels that contain certain info, and you’ll want to take a look at that info. This includes:
1. The Vintage
The first thing you’ll want to consider when buying wine is the vintage. If you read the label of wines, then the vintage will be listed and this refers to the year that the grapes were harvested in. For example, it may say 1940, which means 1940 is the year the grapes were harvested in. Do bear in mind this does not mean that 1940 was the year the wine was actually produced.
2. Types Of Grapes Used
Have a look at the label to see what the varietal is. This refers the to blend of grapes or a specific type of grape that was used to produce the wine. Some wines may have been made with a red blend. A good example of this is Cabernet Sauvignon, which is made with grapes of the same name.
It is important to know what types of grapes were used to produce the wine. The year they were harvested and the types can make all the difference in the world. Always make sure you know what grapes were used and that the grapes used are of high quality, which will take additional research.
3. The ABV
ABV is short for alcohol by volume, which is exactly what it sounds like. Many wines will have around 15% volume, but then there are sweet wines that can have much lower ABV levels than that. Some wines have a much higher content, such as Port and Sherry wine, which can easily have around 25% ABV.
What you want to do is decide how much ABV you want your wine to have. Obviously the higher the levels, the stronger the wine will be. Determine how much alcohol you want your wine to contain and then you can choose accordingly.
4. The Region
As you know, wine is produced in many parts of the world, therefore you want to take a look at the label to see where the wine is from. Furthermore, there are a number of laws that state that the grapes must have come from a specific location in order for that location to be shown on the label. For example, if a bottle of wine claims it is from California, then the grapes must have been produced in California. This is good to know because it means you’ll know exactly where your wine was produced, which may affect the taste of it.
As you can see from the above wine buyer’s guide, you want to carefully look at what you’re buying. As for where you should buy your wine from, make sure to find a reputable seller and compare their wine selection and prices. The more research you do on a seller, the better off you’ll be. Good luck on selecting wine.