The Drync.com Wine Blog
3 Steps to Buy Wine the Right Way
August 27, 2014
It’s back to school time everyone! In honor of this most scholastic of seasons we will bring you a “Back to Wine School” series of super informative (and fun) blog posts.
Buying wine should be easy, right? Go to store, find a bottle, pay and drink. Actually wait that doesn’t sound easy, that sounds like a real pain in the neck. The reality is that there is a difference between simply buying a wine and buying wine well. Here’s how.
1. Learn your palate – drink while you read!
You probably know this one already, you smart, inquisitive wine drinker, you! Whatever facet of wine you are exploring, it is important to not only read up on your favorite topics, but drink up as well. If you have a wine book open, you should have a bottle in mind and a glass at hand. Need some resources? Check out some of our favorite books and blogs:
- Books: The Wine Bible, Wine for Dummies, Oldman’s Guide for Outsmarting Wine, The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That, and the World Atlas of Wine.
- Websites and Blogs: Food & Wine, WineFolly, Terroirist, 1WineDude, The Feiring Line, The Pour on the New York Times website, Dr. Vino, The WineAnorak. Yeah, we have a lot. We use Feedly to keep them all in one place!
If we missed any of your favorites, please feel free to add them in the comments!
2. Make wine shopping social.
Drinking wine is a social experience. Shopping for it should be as well. Finding out what your friends are drinking lets you discover new wines twice as fast:
- Check out local wine tastings, and wine related events. Bring a friend or start making new ones.
- Follow us wine geeks on Twitter, using the hashtag #wine, or check out some of our favorite blogs.
- If you don’t want to commit to a full case of wine, split it with a friend or two.
- You can also check out Drync’s live activity feed, to see what your friends and other Drync users are sipping. Plus, you can add them to your wishlist, or Drync cellar.
3. Never buy just one bottle.
There are so many reasons for this one.
- Multi-bottle purchases mean fewer trips to the store – stay efficient.
- The best way to learn about wine is to compare and contrast, and buying in bulk lets you achieve just that. Buy two of the same bottles to try in different settings (on its own vs with food; meat vs fish; grilled vs fresh). Added bonus – if you love the first bottle, you automatically have a backup! Another cool flavor experiment to run is trying the same variety from different regions to learn more about terroir. Similarly trying the same wine from different years, demonstrates vintage variation.
- Buying in bulk (like with food) is cost-effective. Many retailers offer case discounts, and some digital retailers (like Drync), offer free shipping on cases.
- Buying big is the best way to start a wine collection.
Want to put your newfound knowledge to work?
|Drync Marketing Manager, Amy Ullman, loves drinking wine with a book in hand, and strives to always keep her cellar stocked.|