You are not alone, if when you look at a wine list, all you really see are lots and lots of prices. Don’t feel self-conscious. People often choose wine by the price because it has a clear meaning while the rest of the label information may not. But price and quality are rarely proportional. Meaning you cannot assume that a twenty-dollar bottle is twice as good as a ten-dollar one. The good thing about price tags is that they help you narrow the field of selection.
Often you will see wine rated on a one-hundred-point scale. But ratings from even the most talented and experienced critics can be problematic, for two key reasons. First, preferences are individual; the wine rating reflects the personal tastes of the critic. Second, top cores regularly put wines out of reach of the very buyers they are supposed to serve. The demand and price shoot up for the super-scoring wines, and then you either can’t find or afford them.
Once you look beyond the ratings and choose your price range. You’ve got other questions: what will this wine taste like? Will it be good? All abut the gamblers among us want this information before the bottle is bought.
The best way to learn about a wine is by tasting and enjoying it. After all, it is much more fun actually to experience it than just reading about them. Tasting brings the subject to life, offering an interesting way of finding answers to many of the questions commonly asked.