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Picking the Right Wine

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  • Wine Tasting at d'Vine Wine and gifts in Palatine Illinois.

    Wine Tasting at d'Vine Wine and gifts in Palatine Illinois.

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How many times have you been out and decided to purchase a bottle of wine and then really didn't know what you were looking for. Most often we make our decisions based on three things. The appearance of the bottle, previous experience with a particular brand and price. These three things come into play, but shouldn't you buy a wine based on taste?

The bottles appearance often beckons us to purchase the wine inside based on either a eye catching design or a witty name. The problem with purchasing based solely on appearance can be hit or miss. Either the wine inside is so fantastic that it inspired the great label and or name, or the wine inside is not so great and a great package is the only redeeming value. After all the bottle can always make a great vase or candle holder.An old saying comes into play here, Never judge a book by its cover.

Previous brand experience is often a factor. The trouble with only purchasing one brand is multiple. You limit your senses , you limit your varietals, and you limit your wine knowledge growth. Don't get confused some vineyards consistently produce great wine, but no vineyard makes every type of wine, of which there are multitudes. Why would you ever want to deprive yourself of finding a new fantastic wine?

Cost is a determining factor at both ends of the spectrum. Either a wine is purchased because it is the cheapest you can find, or it has to be great because it is so expensive. There are a lot of factors that effect the price of wine, and we will go over that at a later date. Just because it is expensive doesn't mean it is good wine. There have been some great wines that rank right in the middle. If your buying a bottle just because it's extremely cheap you usually get what you pay for.

The best way to discover what wine you like is a tasting. A wine tasting will allow you to sample different wines from all price ranges, looks and regions. A tasting will also open you up to new and different varietals. Tastings can be very exciting and you learn what makes the wine you are drinking taste the the way it does. This will help you to make better buying decisions in the future. When all is said and done the best critic for what you like is you and an educated wine buyer is a confidant wine buyer.

d'Vine Wine and gifts has several tastings a month and their expert staff is always on hand to help you choose the right wine for you. You can find scheduled tastings on their website, Facebook or by telephone 847-359-9463.