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How to Navigate a Snooty Wine Shop

April 1, 2015

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Shopping for wine can and should be pleasant. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy, and you can end up leaving your store feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied. The world of wine is difficult, but that’s why thousands of sommeliers and wine people have dedicated their professional lives to helping everyone else figure it out. And while wine can be intimidating, it actually can be relatively simple to navigate, once your get a few of the basics down. So next time a wine shop seems to be way outside your comfort zone, follow these tips to get yourself in and out headache-free, with a fantastic bottle of wine.

1. Have a purpose

Decide why you are going into the wine shop in the first place, and communicate that upfront to the wine shop attendant. “I’m shopping for a great wine to bring to a friend’s engagement party tonight.” The attendant will then immediately ask you what you’re looking for. Have points 2-4 below ready to discuss.

2. Decide your price point

Be up front about what you want to spend and don’t feel shy about sharing, even if the price is on the lower side. “I am looking to spend under $30, but looking for one of those hidden gems that will really shine.”

3. Determine the style of wine you want

Red or white? Old world or new world? Age-worthy or ready-to-drink? Choosing a wine is all about narrowing down options. Discuss a few of the basics. “I think I’d like to bring a red from France or Italy that is ready to drink tonight.”

4. Determine the flavor profile that pairs best with your food or occasion

Think about your audience and communicate what you do know, even if it’s not much. “I know they will be serving dinner there, but I don’t know what the food will be like. Do you have a suggestion for something versatile that will go with many different types of foods?”

5. Ask for help in finalizing a decision

Now that you’ve given your wine shop attendant all of this information, he or she will immediately know what to suggest. Trust their judgment. They know those wines well! In this case, a Grenache-Syrah-Carignan blend from the Rhone Valley is just the thing for you.

While your wine shop attendant may have seemed disinterested at the start, he or she was probably just relying on you to start the conversation. With these few basics, you can break through any snooty wine stereotypes and begin a great wine relationship with your local shop. That’s what they are there for!

 

slack-imgs.comBy Lauren Barnard, the owner of Kampala Wines, a natural wine company online selling only sustainable, organic, and Biodynamic wine. Because your wine should be natural, too.

https://kampalawines.com

 

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