5 Things You Should Consider When Choosing a Bottle of Wine

You’re organizing a dinner party at home with some of your friends next week and the question of choosing the wine arises. It can be quite intimidating if you don’t know much about it. Some of your guests may be connoisseurs and you don’t want to look like a fool by giving them bad wine….

Don’t panic, keep calm–we’ll give you a few tips to help you out! 

 Here are the 5 basics you really should think of when choosing a bottle of wine:

1. Pair wine with the food

For example, if you are having fish for dinner, your palate may prefer a Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio over a Merlot. Sweet white wines should be served with desserts, etc… There are some basic rules to follow.  Wine is like fashion: you wouldn’t wear a fancy dress with sneakers. The same rules apply to wine and food! Check out this nice infographic to find the perfect matches!

2. Think about the price range

Before heading to the wine merchant, think about how much you are willing to pay. It will be easier to stick with it once in front of the range of bottles offered to you. However, be careful…the price of a bottle often indicates its quality, but don’t let that be the only buying motivation. You can find inexpensive wine of great quality. Conversely, you could purchase a very expensive bottle of wine and be really disappointed if it does not pair well with your food or if it is opened too soon.

Wine bottle

3. Look at the label

A good-looking label isn’t everything! It’s not all about a nice font and attractive colours. However, you should read it carefully.

You will often learn more about the wine like its type, flavors, region and aging process.

4. Don’t be put off by the screw cap

We know it’s hard! Screw cap wines definitely have gotten the reputation for being poor quality, cheap wines, but that’s not always true. Of course, you will never find a premier bottle of wine with a screw cap but more and more wine makers today are using them to save cost (corks are 2-3 times more expensive than screw caps).

Some specialists affirm that with screw caps, the quality of white wines stays the same; According to some, a screw cap can actually seal a wine better than a cork. However, you shouldn’t take bottles of red wines with screw caps, especially if you don’t plan to open them until much later. Red wines benefit from the oxygen flow that is permitted by corks.

Wine glass

5. Ask for a recommendation

Finally, if you are hesitating between a French Sauvignon Blanc and an Australian Chardonnay, just ask for assistance. Grocery stores employees might not be able to help you, but wine merchants definitely will. Keep in mind that most of them are passionate about wine!

Of course, if you are organizing a dinner party or hosting a blind tasting party with Chefxchange, don’t hesitate to talk with your private chef about your wine choices. He or she will be happy to give you some advice or even buy the wine for you!

Now you just have to relax and enjoy your dinner party!