Buying wine and how to read a wine label

by winestore on May 5, 2013

We’ll start this post by asking these two concerns: “Why is wine so confusing?” and “Does choosing a wine frighten you?” If your answer to the 2nd concern is indeed, then you are not alone!

Most individuals have been to an alcohol shop or a dining establishment and been absolutely overwhelmed and intimidated by the sheer selection and number of options offered. The variety of options among wine varieties, brands, labels, and costs appear practically limitless.

Herein lies the problem: There are simply too many selections.

So exactly what is the option to way too many options?

Well, the answer in a few words is: Discover your own inclination for wine taste.

Lots of individuals understand when they like a wine. However the difficult part is comprehending why. What do you like about it, and how do you explain what it is that you such as about that wine? Is it light or complete bodied? Is it tannic or not? Exactly what are tannins anyway? Is it fruity or sweet? Do fruity and sweet imply the exact same thing? And, if you taste and like a Shiraz, does that mean you will enjoy all Shiraz?

All these concerns can be addressed by sampling wines, and then tasting more wine! Tasting is not enough as you have to pay attention to what you are tasting. In my viewpoint, it is a great idea to find out with comparative tastings.

When you taste a wine of the same range side-by-side, you can easily begin to learn the differences in between a full bodied and a light bodied wine; and a reduced tannin wine and a high tannin wine, and so on

Tips on ways to choose a wine that is right for you

  • Decide if you want a white wine or red wine
  • Choose whether you want a white wine, red wine, champagne, dessert wine or fortified wine. This will limit your selections and give you some direction.
  • Decide on your preferences for wine taste
  • Have a think of your own choices for the taste of a wine. (Tip: Use your understanding from your comparative wine samplings to help you.).

As a minimum, choose whether you choose a dry or sweet wine. (Dry is the term used to describe the absence of sweet taste in a wine.).

If you know your choices for various other wine attributes, then it will likewise be a great idea to select these. If you do not understand your inclinations then I have included a brief description here to help you in your comparative wine samplings.

1. Low Tannins vs High Tannins: Tannins are a vital ingredient in wines, specifically red wines. It originates from the stalks, skins and pips of grapes. Tannins in a young wine produce a bitter, tightening taste on the palate.

2. Brief Palate vs Long Palate: The “length” of a wine is the amount of time the feelings of taste and fragrance continue after swallowing. Generally, the longer the better.

3. Low Acid vs High Acid: Acids of numerous types are present in wine, and are important to the wine’s longevity and likewise to your enjoyment. Inadequate can impact the wine’s quality and too much can ruin the wine. A greater acidity makes the wine more tart and sour tasting; whereas a reduced level of acidity outcomes in flat tasting wine that is more prone to spoilage.

Level of acidity is that quality that makes your mouth water and your lips tighten, and without it, wines (and anything for that issue!) taste quite flat and one dimensional. Nonetheless, when level of acidity exists in the right amounts, it is the element that makes all the other flavors in the wine attract attention, including the undertones of fruit, spice and natural herbs. The flavor in wine that you would call appetizing, sharp, revitalizing, bracing, bright, crisp or zingy is the acidity.

4. Light Bodied vs Full Bodied: To get a photo of the distinctions between a light-bodied wine and a full-bodied wine think of milk as an analogy. Light-bodied is comparable to skim milk and full-bodied wine analogous to full-cream milk, and the variations in the “body” of wne are like differing levels of fat-content in milk.

Exactly what makes it even easier, is that a wine’s body is straight symmetrical to its alcohol content. On every wine label you’ll observe a portion of alcohol by volume. Keep in mind how it puts on body:.

  • * 7.5 % – 10.5 % indicates light body.
  • * 10.5 % – 12.5 % suggests medium body.
  • * 12.5 % and over suggests full body.

No Oak vs Heavy Oak:

Wines might be kept in oak barrels, usually to impart added and more complicated tastes. Oaky describes the aroma or taste quality imparted to a wine by the oak barrels in which it was aged.

Step 3: Buy wine that is well looked after, like at the storage door.It is very important to purchase wine from liquor outlets that take appropriate care of their wine, e.g. purchasing direct from the vineyard’s storage door is a great choice. Severe heat or cold, direct sunshine, and remarkable temperature fluctuations are not great for wine. Likewise, before you purchase, make sure the wine is filled up to the neck of liquor, the cork is not pushing out of liquor, and there are no signs of leakage.

Step 4: Enjoy discovering the range and variety of Australian wine.
There are bunches of good reasons to check out all the wines that Australia needs to provide in all its range. Do not simply stay with the widely known ranges like Chardonnay or Shiraz – experiment with other whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer or reds like Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir. Likewise, attempt instances of a certain selection from different wine areas to comprehend how regional conditions have an effect on the wine’s character. Expose yourself to every kind of wine. The more you taste the more you will comprehend and the simpler wine option will become.

Step 5: Buy by the case.
When you find a wine you actually like, think about buying wine by the case (12 bottles). A lot of wineries will provide you a 10 % or 15 % wine price cut when you buy a case of wine or even more.

Step 6: Only rely on your own taste buds.
The supreme goal of wine buying is to purchase wines that taste great to you. Simply due to the fact that a business, pal or wine writer says a wine is good doesn’t mean you’ll like it.

And herein lies one of the most significant perks of a lot selection: you make sure to discover wines that are best for your own special palate. All you need is just a little knowledge as described above and the willingness to check out.

And a lot of significantly, be open to the possibilities and then, make note of them and learn from them.

Nederburg Private Bin R172 Pinotage

by winestore on April 6, 2012


Tasting Notes
Fresh, lively cherry and floral aromas and flavours resulting in a finely balanced Pinotage with beautifully integrated oak and outstanding maturation potential.

Storage Instructions
This wine can be drunk now but will further improve if carefully stored for up to 10 + years

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Ferngrove Orchid Range Majestic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Rich and intense wine with flavours of mulberry, blackcurrant and blackberry overlaid with cedar notes derived from the French oak.

The fine tannins are and elegantly layered leading to along finsh.

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Antaño Rioja Joven

by winestore on April 2, 2012


Tasting Notes
Clean, ruby red wine with rich blackcurrant flavours and a hint of violet and spice.

Silky and elegant with a long lasting finish.

Ideal served with pasta, meats or lightly spiced food.

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Casillero del Diablo Reserva Shiraz

by winestore on April 1, 2012


Tasting Notes

A fruity, full-bodied Shiraz packed with forest-fruit flavours and a hint of bitter chocolate and black pepper.

Food Match: Perfect to pair with pizza, spicy food and red meat dishes.

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Casillero Shiraz Rosé

by winestore on March 31, 2012


Tasting Notes

A medium-bodied dry rosé packed full of blackberry and raspberry flavours with a dash of spice and a crisp, fresh finish.

Food Match: Perfect to savour on its own well chilled or to pair with salads and grilled meat.

Storage Instructions
Casillero Shiraz Rosé is ideal for drinking now but can be kept for up to 2 years

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Château Suduiraut 2005, Sauternes

March 30, 2012

Tasting Notes An exceptional dessert wine with fresh pineapple aromas and glorious notes of honey and vanilla. A rich, fruity and creamy palate. click here to learn more about Château Suduiraut 2005, Sauternes

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Henschke Tilly’s Vineyard 2007, Barossa

March 29, 2012

Tasting Notes Grapefruit, nectarine and peach flavours on the nose together with a tantalising grassy note from the Sauvignon Blanc. The ensemble is a really refreshing wine with plenty of zippy freshness on the finish. Storage Instructions Store away from strong light, vibration. At constant temperature 10C – 15C click here to learn more about […]

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