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5 Pro Tips for Buying Great Red Wine

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Which is the greatest red wine? If you are asking the person behind the counter, the best red wine is either the most expensive in stock, or the one that hardly anyone buys. They are seeking to either sell you the most expensive bottle or clear the dead stock.

If the person that sells you wine cannot give you an honest answer, where do you go for credible information on the best red wines in the market? You are in luck today because the following tried-and-tested tips will have you sipping from the greatest bottle of red wine within no time.

1. Personal Taste

The greatness of a bottle of red wine is in the taste buds of the drinker. While you may not be the greatest red wine connoisseur, only you can determine whether a certain type of red wine is more superior to another.

2. Recommendations

While personal taste is a good guide as to the type of wine you consider to be great, if you are not a red wine connoisseur, or perhaps you are taking wine for the first time, recommendations from diehard wine connoisseurs could be highly useful. However, consider recommendations from people and sources without ulterior motives. While the bartender may want to sell you the most expensive wine, a close friend can give you an honest recommendation based on their experiences. You can also get unbiased comparisons of various wines from magazines, online sources, etc. The only thing you need to be careful about when soliciting recommendations is that they tend to be highly subjective.

3. Try Different Varieties

The best way to find out which wine is best is to sample different varieties. For instance, Pinot Noir has a high acidity than other red wines. The trick is to find the right balance of acidity and tannins to complement the wine’s fruity nature. Red wine has a heavier body than white wine. If you are looking for a full-bodied red wine, Syrah is a good choice. On the other hand, your taste buds might be more excited by red tannic wines that leave your mouth feeling dry.

Ideal candidates for this type of red wine include Cabernet Sauvignon (tannin), Chianti, Merlot, or Rioja. You might also be the kind that likes getting drunk, which means you are in good company since most red wines have a high alcoholic content. However, Zinfandel, Shiraz and Madeira are renowned for their high alcohol content.

4. Insist on Quality

While quality wines are not cheap, the price is not always an indicator of quality. Some quality red wines are highly affordable. However, how do you determine the quality of a bottle of red wine? First, you need to consider the complexity of the wine in terms of its array of flavours. Besides the primary flavour, it should have hints of other flavours as well.

The other consideration is the wine’s intensity, which simply refers to the ease with which you can identify a flavour. Finally, quality red wine is well balanced. This means that all the flavours are properly balanced. If you can say that the red wine you are sipping is well structured, earthy and fruity, then you have just discovered one of the most balanced red wines the world has to offer.

5. Old Red Wine Always Wins

Old red wines have better aroma and flavours. If it comes down to the age of your favourite bottle of red wine, always go for the older version. The longer the red wine has been in a bottle, the richer and better tasting it will be.

While the best red wine depends on personal taste, you develop that taste over time. You only get to decide which red wine is the greatest after tasting a variety of others. At the end of the day, you want to buy red wine that is complex, intense and balanced to perfection.

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Sharon Powers

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