THE GOLDEN RULES TO CHOOSE WINE AT THE SUPERMARKET, PART ONE
Will you survive the demonic abundance of wines in the dedicated aisle of some supermarkets? The question is: how bad is it to fill our own wine-cellar with wine bought from the large-scale retail trade?
Experts say that buying wine at the supermarket is not convenient. They are not wrong. It is always preferable to choose wine directly from the producer’s wine-cellar or from a wine shop.
Wine shops and cellar, in fact, give you the chance to talk to somebody who knows about wine (or should know about it) more then you do. As time goes on, you will create a connection that will allow them to learn about your tastes and suggest you accordingly. Besides, quality is with no doubt superior.
If by any reason the only way you have to buy wine is at the supermarket, you should know that during the past years the quality of the bottles you find on the shelves has improved.
Producers understood the importance to bring out part of their best wines on supermarkets: customers have become foodies, so they are more aware and demanding, but the time they have at their disposal does not change. They want to find a good wine in the same place they do the weekly shop for the whole family.
Not all supermarkets look alike. You cannot ask for living a transcendental experience to discount-wine.
So, here you have four rules to follow if you don’t want to risk the poisoning:
- Look at the price
- Pay attention to production and bottling
- Take into consideration the acronyms DOC, DOGS, IGT, etc.
- If the price is the same, choose…well here the matter is a little bit more complicated
In the next article, we will investigate these points. If you follow them, you can reduce the risk to drink vinegar.
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