There are a lot of options when it comes to buying wine. If you live in a larger city you will likely have Total Wine & More and BevMo. These are huge stores and carry every kind of alcohol you can imagine, plus all of the gadgets to go with it. They are nicely arranged by varietal so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. But if you have no idea what you’re looking for they can be an overwhelming place to start. Once you get more comfortable and learn what you like, these stores can be a lot of fun.
I made my first wine purchase at Costco. Costco is the largest buyer of wine in the United States. Their wine buyers are very good at finding the best wine in each price point, and their buying power allows them to sell wine at a lower cost than most retailers. This is a great opportunity to just go for it and try some wines to see what you like. If you don’t like it dump it down the drain. This is hard, I know, but you have to taste a lot of bad wine to find the good wine.
Wine bars are another good option for tasting and buying wine. They generally have knowledgeable staff that will take you through a flight and answer any questions you may have. Our favorite wine bar has tastings on Saturday afternoons with wines from a different region each week. It’s a great way to learn close to home.
My favorite place to buy wine is directly at the winery. I get the advantage of tasting before I buy, and much of the time some of the wines can only be purchased at the winery. If I’m a member I also get a discount.
Keep track of the wines you like. This can be as simple as taking a photo of the label and keeping it in a file on your phone. That way when you’re shopping and can’t remember if you liked a particular wine you can just pull it up on the spot.
OK, it’s time to go shopping. I’d love to hear what you buy and how you like it. I’m always looking for good recommendations! Cheers! 🍷