Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Using Wine Resources

Momma is still learning about wine but I do have some favorite sources of information.

Momma Explains: There truly are very few wine experts who know everything about wines. Simply because there are too many wines from too many countries and too many offerings of varieties. Each year, each season is different and the grapes must be harvested, pressed, fermented, blended and wine produced. Some wines are aged and some sit for a time in barrels and/or are bottled. An example of a quick release wine is Beaujolais Nouveau or "new wine". This wine is released the third Thursday in November and was still clinging to the vine about a month before the release. The wine experts cannot possible race to every vineyard to try every wine in such a short amount of time. They do try many but not all. So what is a consumer to do, especially as the average consumer is not erudite when it comes to wines.
First, if you have the time, read a magazine such as Wine Spectator or Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. These magazines are quick reads and have great recommendations on wines for everyone from the collector to the average guy who needs a bottle, tonight. They often have a best buy type section that lists wines which are readily available. You can find something decent to drink this way. Also, get to know your wine merchant. Depending on your location and local regulations, you may have a greater product mix or a limited product mix. A good store manager knows his products and will be happy to help you find the wine bargains and deals. It is a wonderful feeling to spend less than $10.00 on a wine that is rated 90 points. Wow, you feel very proud of your little steal and it makes the drinking so enjoyable that you did not over pay. Don't forget your best resource which is your own taste buds. Drink what you like and try new things, jot down the name of a bottle you like and bring it to your wine store.
There is help available to the average guy who just wants a bottle to have with his dinner, so ask the experts, check ratings online and tap into local merchants. You will be sipping a nice glass tonight.

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