How to Choose a Wine – Tiki Cocktails

how to choose a wineHow to choose a wine is an important skill to acquire. Everyone has their own tastes when it comes to wine…and that’s a good thing, since there are tons of varieties to choose from.  From a Merlot to a Pinot Grigio, Moscato to Shiraz, picking wine as a gift is just about as difficult as picking a favorite and this is why we want to inform you on how to choose a wine for gift.

First, find out what the person likes.  Red wine or White wine is a great place to start.  Now find out sweet wine or dry wine.  Generally, beginners tend to prefer sweet wines, such as Moscatos, wine Zins, etc.  You may even be able to pick up on a favorite flavor.  Wines come with all kinds of aftertastes:  spicy, oaky, metallic, leathery, fruity, etc.

Next, to top it off, you can pick a bottle that relates to a place, person, or thing that is important to the person who will receive the gift.  This is a great way to add an extra personal touch!

Now, what about buying for yourself?  That’s where it gets easy!  And, why not treat yourself while you’re out buying a gift for a friend?

Many places around will allow you to sample the wines for sale, especially local wineries and restaurants.  This is a great way to “try before you buy”…well, at least before you buy the whole bottle!

So…hit the bar, check out the local wine club, and order something different at dinner…your gift-giving abilities will thank you!