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It’s My Party I can Wine if I want to

When selecting a bottle of wine, closing your eyes and saying “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” may seem like the easy way out, but it’s probably not the classy choice.

Picking out a bottle of wine is as easy the three P’s: price, preference and pairing. There’s no catchy jingle that goes along with that, but it sure doesn’t get any easier than this.

Price. How much do you want to spend? This can narrow down your selection rather quickly. But don’t let price fool you; not all great wine is expensive. It’s not as rare as you think to find a great tasting wine that’s really affordable. Attending free wine tastings in your spare time can open your eyes to this.

Preference. Of course, preferences differ from person to person. You must know what you like in order to have a preference, so get out there and try some new wines. It also depends on your situation. Having a party? Some standard wines that are safe to have could be a Pinot Noir for a red, and a Riesling for a white. This gives your guests a choice while giving them something they’re bound to enjoy.

Pairing. Pairing is a very important factor when selecting a bottle of wine. Some wines are meant to be had with certain types of food in order to release certain flavors that the wine embodies. For example, red wines tend to go well with heavy foods such as red meat, while white wines go well with lighter foods such as chicken. Of course, it really boils down to your personal preference and what you think tastes good with what you’re eating.

So, stop staring aimlessly up and down the wine aisles at the store. Recall all of your past experiences and use them to form judgment on what to purchase. If price is an issue, keep that in mind too. Just make sure you leave enough time to enjoy the wine.