People have enjoyed the taste of wine for millennia, and that much hasn’t changed. However, the way we enjoy it has. We drink it socially, by ourselves, with food, without food, at our homes, or in restaurants.
Wine is life, but that doesn’t stop us from making wine buying mistakes. Here are five of the most common mistakes we make when buying wine, and how we can avoid making them.
1. Bargain Hunting
Now everyone has been here, where you want a little buzz after a long day to take the edge off, but you’re unwilling to spend decent money on a decent bottle so you buy a bargain bottle.
Cheap bottles don’t always carry good wine. Most times they’re not even worth the glass bottle. But the same can be said about overly expensive bottles.
Don’t do that yourself, the best way is to find a middle ground in price.
2. Not Venturing Out
The best part about wine is finding new ones to try and experiment with. However, we tend to get complacent in our choices of wine. When we find the ones we like, we stick to them.
However, next time you go to buy some wine, why not take a chance? You mind end up just finding a new favorite.
3. Last-Minute Buying
Another situation that happens is when you have a dinner party coming up and you have forgotten to buy some wine. You go out to buy wine last minute.
You should avoid last-minute buying. This leads to bargain buying and can ruin the festivities with bad wine. If all else fails, stick with what you know.
4. Forgetting to Consider the Food
Consider that same dinner party; let’s say you ended up bargain buying wine that wasn’t good to pair with the food.
When choosing wine, you want it to complement the foods you are eating.
To find the best pairings, some bottles will have what they are best with on their labels. You can also check the internet; read a blog for wine lovers can also help.
5. Keeping an Open Bottle for Too Long
Not all wines are created equal, and their shelf life is only for unopened bottles. Some wines can only be kept for a few days after opening, while other fortified wines can last up to several weeks.
Know the difference between regular and fortified wines. You want to make sure the wine hasn’t been oxidized. After this point, the aromas have been dulled and are beginning to have a more vinegary taste.
If you have an unfinished bottle by the end of the night, check how long you can keep it. Either finish it or drink it within that timeframe.
Avoid Wine Buying Mistakes
Everyone who has drunk wine before has made at least one of these mistakes before. But after reading this article, you can avoid these common errors. You deserve to enjoy great-tasting wine, so get a wine that fits your fancy.
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