Wine Choices: How does one choose wine?

Wine Choices include a wide range of considerations

Wine ChoicesDining in a restaurant is relatively easy. All you have to do is look at the menu, find something that appeals to you that day, and order it. But wine choices are another matter.

Choosing a wine to go with your selection is seemingly a problem. Do you go with your gut, order something that sounds good, or do you recall what the wine guide says about wine and food pairings?

Then again, your wine choices will be affected by the prices on the wine list. It’s fine to desire a Cabernet Sauvignon, but if the only wine offered  in this varietal are too expensive, you may have to pick something more affordable.

The nice thing about buying wine in a restaurant in the 21st century is that most people have some options, and their wine choices can be informed. It’s called the smartphone, and it opens a world of wine choices to the savvy wine shopper that simply were not available 20 years ago.

Wine Choices on a SmartPhone

SmartPhones make wine choices easier

Here’s why: the best values on a wine list are typically wines that are relatively obscure. This doesn’t mean the wines are lesser in quality, but it generally means that such wines are reasonably priced.

Assume, for a moment, that you have ordered a medium-weight seafood dish and you look on the wine list and see that most of the popular wines are out of your pocketbook’s range. But let’s assume also that you notice a wine called Gruner Veltliner that’s reasonably priced. But you know nothing about Gruner Veltliner.

Here comes the solution: You can enter Gruner Veltliner into your phone’s search, and learn it’s generally a dry white from Austria that is intended to be consumed young, and likely will work nicely with the seafood.

Similarly, assume you are in an Italian café and there is no Chianti to go with your pasta. But there is a Barbera. The Internet search indicates that Barbera is a tart red wine, and thus likely to go with tomato-y dishes. Voila! Problem solved.

Wine choices should be made with knowledge, and today’s smartphones become a wine lover’s best friend.

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