I am blessed in that I know a lot of people and that many of those people are my friends. I see them around town, on Facebook, and at random events. Eventually we’ll start talking about wines and eventually I’m asked the ever so popular question…. “but how do I know which wine I should buy?”
Here’s the thing — it’s a loaded question, and yet the answer is really simple. Don’t worry, I’ll get to the simple answer eventually. In the meantime however, I want to share with you why this is a loaded question. It’s loaded because if you want that “perfect” wine, you need to consider some factors, like:
- Guests. Who are you serving this wine to? Who is it for? Do they like wine? Do they know anything about wine? can they tell the difference between a $5.00 bottle and a 50.00 bottle? Will they appreciate what you are pouring for them? Will they care?
- Occasion. Is this a special occasion? What’s so special about it? Will you remember the wine in the morning? Have you considered the answer to all of the questions above about the guests that will be there?
- Food. Will you be serving food? Is wine the only beverage you’ll be serving? What type of food will you be serving? Seafood? Poultry? Meat? Pork? Vegetables? What are the seasonings? Is there a lot of Garlic or Pepper? Is it spicy? Sweet? Tart? Is it fried? Baked? Grilled? How many courses are there? Is it a sit-down dinner or pot-luck? did you want one wine for the whole meal or did you want to change it up and have different wines with every course? Who is cooking, you or a caterer? Or are we pairing this wine with an In-n-Out burger? Is it a regular hamburger, cheese burger, animal-style or mustard grilled? Again, have you considered the answer to all of the questions about the guests and the occasion?
- Budget. How much did you want to spend on wine? Yup, that’s the only question in this category – because, let’s face it, you have a too many things already on your mind about the guests, occasion and the food!
“Which wine should I buy” is a loaded question because there are just way too many things to consider. Ready for the simple answer now? It’s only 1 sentence, so pay attention…. If you’ve tried it and you like it and its within your budget, buy it.
Did you get that? Let’s face it, if you’re reading my blog, and you’re the one that’s going to be buying the wine, and hosting guests and feeding them – shouldn’t you also enjoy it? AND, if you like it, chances are that a good number of your guests will too. So here’s the answer again, write it down, memorize it, tell your friends (or don’t tell them), but always remember. When you’re buying wine, ask yourself: Have I tried it? Do I like it? Is it in my budget?. If the answer to ALL of these questions is “yes” – pay the man because you’ve found the perfect wine!