5 tips for picking out an affordable bottle of wine

Picking out a nice bottle of wine can be challenging. With so many options from which to choose, it can be difficult to find a great tasting selection that doesn't cost too much money. Below are some tips that will help you choose an affordable bottle of wine.

5 tips for picking out an affordable bottle of wine

1. Set your price range

  • How much do you want to spend?
  • A bottle of wine can range in price from $5 to $5,000!
  • You can find very decent bottles in the $10 to $15 price range, which is a fair place to start your search.
  • If you have a little more to spend, the quality only gets better.

2. What type of wine do you want?

  • What kind of wine do you prefer?
  • Do you want red, white, rose or sparkling?
  • Perhaps you're interested in a speciality product, like dessert wine.
  • Think about whether you want a light wine or a rich, hearty wine.
  • Once you have made these decisions, you can narrow down your selection.

3. Find a good wine store

  • Locate a good wine store in your area.
  • Read online reviews of nearby shops to find one that has a decent selection and a knowledgeable staff.
  • When you visit the wine store, tell the staff that you are looking for a certain type of wine.
  • They should be able to point you toward the appropriate section and make recommendations if the wine you want is not in stock.

4. Stick with these regions

  • Certain areas around the world are known for producing wines with great flavours that aren't super expensive.
  • Try wines from one of these regions: New Zealand for Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa for Chenin Blanc, Australia for Riesling and Shiraz, Argentina for Malbec, Chile for Cabernet Sauvignon and Spain for Cava.

5. Consider boxed wine

  • Many vineyards now produce good quality boxed wines.
  • The wine is packaged in an environmentally friendly manner without all the waste that usually goes along with making wine bottles.
  • Another good thing about boxed wine is that it lasts so much longer than bottled wine because it's stored so efficiently.
  • One box can last up to a month.
  • When in doubt, be sure to ask for help at your local wine shop to get help with the decision.

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