Have you ever gone to the wine section of your local retailer and been absolutely confused over the many varieties of wine? Do you normally grab the first bottle of red you see and head directly to check out? You will never be humiliated by your lack of knowledge or limited budget if you follow these simple steps.
Know your budget. Wine comes in many prices and qualities. A thirty dollar bottle may be just as nice of a pairing to your dinner as a $700.00 bottle. Once you know your budget you will know where to look for your wine.
Decide if what kind of wine you want, whether it's Red, White, Blush or Sparkling. There are no rules when it comes to pairing wine with food or occasions. It is all about personal preference. If you do not know your personal preference ask the store manager, another customer or a friend to recommend something.
Pick a retailer. You can find wine at the local grocery chain, package store, gourmet food shop as well as other specialty stores. The selection will vary depending on the retailer.
Go shopping. Walk around, read labels, and find the bottles that interest you. If you have a particular preference, look around and see what wines are available in your favorite variety and budget.
Most retailers section wine by location, type and variety. If you are looking for a specific vineyard, not all of their wine will be located in the same area.
Don't be influenced by vintage dates. Certain vintages are especially valuable to the vineyards that produce wine and their prices may reflect that. Unless you know you love a certain vintage do not purchase a wine only for its date.