I want to start this post off by saying I am no wine connoisseur. I’m no wine-o. Not even a little bit. And this post will more than likely not help you one bit when you want to pick out a bottle of wine. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a glass or bottle of wine once in awhile. I know pretty much next to nothing when it comes to wine so I absolutely hate it when I have to pick out a bottle for dinner or bring a bottle to girls night or wherever it is that I’m going.
But I’m cheap. And hate to ask people that actually know a thing or two for help because I’m lazy. But here’s what I check out when I pick out a bottle of wine.
Are we drinking red or white tonight? We’re having chicken for dinner? Yeah that still doesn’t help me, so again, red or white? To be honest, I don’t like drinking red wine when it’s warm out. That’s just not refreshing to me. Is that weird? I drink the color by the seasons…fall and winter is red wine, and spring and summer is white wine. ‘Nuff Said.
Like I said. I’m cheap. I cannot see spending more than $20 on a bottle of wine at the grocery store. Maybe in a restaurant (don’t ask me how that’s different). But I also don’t want to get the bottom shelf stuff. I’m trying to be slightly classy here. And plus who wants to stoop down to check out the bottles down low?
3. Label on the bottle
You know how they say not to judge a book by its cover? Well I totally judge a wine by its label. Probably, to be more specific, the font and typography on the label. I know, it’s dumb, but that’s how I am. Call me shallow if you want. But if it’s a good looking label, then I’ll give it a shot, er, a glass I mean! 😉
This one is my own silly thing. I don’t know anything about wine, but I lived in Italy for a few months, so I try to pretend that I pick out wine from Italy. In reality, I just pick up a bottle of wine, look at the label using steps 1, 2, and 3, and if it says Italy I always point it out to the boyfriend. “Oh, this one is made in Italy! We have to get it!” Like it freaking matters.
So let me hear it you wine-os, what’s really the right way to pick out a bottle of wine? I love learning about wine and what’s good and how to tell!