There are people who love to taste superior qualities of wines. Wines are more than addiction for them and rather a fascination. But it is not an easy task to identify a quality wine and segregate it from the run of the mill products sold in the local market as well as the shelves of the supermarkets. The colorful labels and the names of the brands do not ascertain the taste and flavor of the wine contained inside the bottles. Actually supermarket is not the conventional place from where people buy wines. But there are people who prefer supermarket shelves than the long queue outside wineries or wait for hours inside the smoky bars for their wines. There are other essential tricks to identify the best wines of a supermarket. Have a look at some of these factors:
1. Have a stroll throughout the wine racks
The way of selling wines in supermarkets often appear quite tricky and confusing to the buyers. There might be labels like âfine wineâ or â super fine wineâ. There might even be shelves that are categorized under their common manufacturers or country of origin or types, etc. But do not go blindly by all these criteria. Bang on your personal analysis and read the labels carefully for all the necessary details you want. This may be able to give you a sound guidance on your venture.
2. Do not go for sizes
There is a common practice among many people to judge the quality of the wines by the enormity of the bottles in which they are packed. Although some of the fine wines across the world do come in big bottles, but this is never the definite way to identify quality wine. But the true story for most of the big bottled wines is that they are produced in a mass scale and poured into the respective containers finally. Therefore, if you are searching for a fine wine, you will never be satisfied in this method. Depend on your prior experience on the matter than outwardly gimmick.
3. Do not stick to Chardonnay wine
Most of the wine drinkers or first timers on this subject look out for Chardonnay wine. But this is the way by which you are narrowing down your range of findings corresponding to your search for fine wine if you too bear this notion. Broaden your horizon of search and prioritize quality and variety over the name Chardonnay.
But in case if you are so adament to taste Chardonnay, then try out the ones under the category that you ususally do not come across daily. That way you will be able to experience a new wine.
4. Try out wines other than California make
Another typical notion majority of the people stick on to is that California wines are the best. Although it cannot be denied that California has pioneered in the production of the finest quality of wines in the world but that does not mean that no other country can produce quality wines.
There are some wines in the supermarket shelves that are from Australia, Washington, South Africa, Italy, etc. that can be really good buy for you. For instance you can buy Geisen Sauvignon Blanc of New Zealand, Marques de Riscal Riaja of Spain, etc. Search the quality of the wine by the flavor, taste and ingredients and not the country only.
5. Bang on vintage wines
The traditional idea still remains fresh even today that the more the age of the wine the more fine it is. Thus, when you intend to buy wines from supermarket, look out for the vintage ones. The recent ones are not as enchanting as the ones that are really old. So look at the lower racks or behind the rear rows of wine bottles to find out the really old wines.
But you might even find a vintage quality of the same brand set beside a fresh one in a supermarket shelf. Be wise and do not look at the label only to pick up the fresh one as you do for milk or mineral water. Its wine where age matters.
6. Pick up the orphans
You might find in the supermarket shelves wines that have not moved for a longer time. But you might be the lucky one to bag one of them and come home. Actually most of the wine buyers either look for country, brand, price or date of manufacturing. But there are wines too that taste really fine and are beyond these criteria.
But do not bear glamorous labels. As a result they cease to bear high priced tags as well. Consequently they are abandoned by most of the people. But these orphan wines can be really worth your money.