The Poppington Life: How To Choose A Bottle of Wine

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Wine can be that cocktail in disguise that makes you feel that its okay to drink 4 to 5 glasses, then when you least expect it it sneaks up on you and your loaded with liquid fun. Whenever that happens I’m at a friends or with family. I never seem to be the one to pick out the wine for special events or get togethers. When I drink wine I have three go to’s that I choose from, Riesling, White Zinfandel, and Champs (Champagne). As you can see I’m a white girl, well a white wine girl that is.

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I personally do not know a lot about wine. All I know is what I like and what I like taste good. So, if your anything like me the knowledge that goes with choosing wine along with the how’s and why’s you know nothing about, and your lost like a missing needle in a hey stack. I have found a few tips on choosing a bottle of wine for the first time. I’m more than sure that these tips will help you on your wine purchasing journey because they have helped me.

Read the label

I know the bottle is pretty and the price may be a little fancy, but read the label.

While wines that say “table wine” or “California wine” might be perfectly delicious, they also raise red flags. “These wines are composed of grapes from a very large region (a state or even an entire country) and, although sometimes just fine in quality, tend to be noticeably bland or unbalanced,” says Turley.

Know your adjectives

Know what sweet, fruity, dry and other descriptions mean.

“There is a difference between a sweet wine and one that is fruit-forward,” notes Turley. “Sweet wines, like a port or some Rieslings, tend to be more syrupy, which is wine’s way of exhibiting sweetness. But a wine may have a nose of tropical fruit and honeysuckle but, upon tasting, are crisp, clean and wash out the mouth in a quick flush.”

When in doubt? Go for a rosé

Yes! Lets take the lead of Rickie Rose’ (Rick Ross the raper) and pop a bottle of rose’

“A crisp, dry rosé will have refreshing acidity and lively effervescence to help accent most dishes,” says Turley. “Rosés also work especially well with cheese plates.”

I hope these few tips help with your next wine purchase. Lets stay on this wine trip together and learn more about the world of wine. Check back with PrettynPoppington on our lifestyle page for more wine post.

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