Wine 101: Tips for Ordering Wine

Do you find wine lists—particularly, long lists—intimidating? If you answered yes, don’t fret; you’re not alone in that regard. Many people have trouble ordering wine, especially if they do not fancy themselves as a wine connoisseur.

First off, take a deep breath and relax. Overthinking your order can easily lead you to make poor decisions. Once you’ve calmed down, recall the following tips:

Match It

You can easily narrow down your choices by asking yourself this question: “What will I be having for my main course?”

If you’re having fish or chicken, you should go with white wine. If you’ll be having beef or gamey meat, go with red wine. By following this rule of thumb, you can effectively cut your choices in half.

Go with Region

Most people struggle when they start trying to factor in the year the wine was made. Unless you know exactly what the weather was like in 1974, knowing the year the wine was made won’t help you out too much.

Instead of focusing on the year, focus on the region the wine came from. Stick to regions that are known for producing excellent wine—such as Margaret River. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with regions, start looking for what they specialize in, such as chardonnay or a cabernet sauvignon.

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