If wine if your drink of choice, then you know the importance of picking a good wine. It all starts with what looks pleasant to the eye, but often selecting a bottle of wine that looks good on the outside, fails to impress from the inside.

That is precisely what regular wine-drinkers or experts will tell you too. They won’t pick wine based on what the bottle looks like, which is what newbies tend to do, but they’ll choose wines that are well-versed in its labelling and are made from proper wineries.

What makes a good wine? Unfortunately, it does start with a proper price-tag, but most wines are made for the general consumer, which means you’ll be able to afford it, just don’t purchase anything that is either too cheap, looks too good to be true, or doesn’t specify exactly where it’s made, as well as what it’s made of.

It is important to remember that wine is very subjective and that is why you must read the label before purchasing. Also, be sure to check the flavour of the wine and contemplate with yourself whether you’d like it, before making a purchase.

How to Spot a Good Wine

  1. Establish which Grape Varieties You Enjoy

The best way to go about choosing a proper wine is taking note of the ones you try out, as well as establish whether you like it. You should also make a note of the grape, as well as the region it was formed in, for future preferences.

Standing in a retail store, looking at a hundred different wines and trying to find one you like can be tough, that is why it’s important to know what you want and what not.

  1. Don’t Always Believe Marketing

The thing about marketing is, if someone is selling a product or service, they do whatever they can to sell it to their customer. They might even exaggerate or lie about it, which is something you don’t want to fall for. The mere point that wine is expensive should already make you wary of which ones to choose. Those who market it might speak completely highly of it, but when it comes to buying or tasting it, it might not even be worth the money.

  1. Take Note of Supermarket Sweetness Symbols

Whether you prefer your wine to be sweeter, or more on the dry side, be sure you know about how wines are marked. Most wines have sweetener identifying symbols, while others you might have to check for it on the ingredient list. The last thing you want to do is end up buying a dry wine that looks like it could be sweet.


  1. Be Informed About VAT

In case you weren’t aware, wine generally has a lot of VAT added to it, which is also why wines are priced higher than its actual value. Everything from transport, labelling, logistics, adding a cork to a bottle, adds up to an added VAT.

  1. Explore All Types of Wines

If you don’t at least test wine, how do you know if you don’t like something else better than the one bottle you’ve been drinking for the past few years. When shopping for wine, also try and buy below eye level, as you might find some hidden gems you didn’t know existed.