How to select a fantastic Premium bottle of Wine

Picking a premium wine can be a daunting experience but here are some tips and tricks that will help when it comes to selecting a fantastic Premium bottle of Wine, either to enjoy yourself, or to gift to loved ones, friends or colleagues.

Use an App or read online reviews

I love reading other people’s views on certain bottles or their recommendations and a simple google search always throws up great resources.

The Wine Spectator app is pretty good too as a resource for wine ratings.

Read the back label of the bottle

Always check the back label which will have some additional information such as the wine profile, origin, tasting notes, food pairings etc.

Smaller producers

Try and buy wine made by smaller producers. There is always so much passion that goes into those bottles, plus it’s a labour of love. There is always often a lovely story behind the brand.

Don’t go for discounts

Always look beyond the middle shelf and any wines that may be on offer, unless it is one that you are familiar with and like, in which case stock up! You’ll definitely find some gems on the lower shelves of supermarkets, for instance.

Take photos of labels

If you happen to have tried a lovely wine either at a restaurant or winery, take a photo of the label so that you can seek out the same wine again! I have a folder on my phone of random wine bottle labels that I like as I know I will not be able to remember them otherwise.

Go for wines that have won awards

If in doubt, go for wines that have won awards as they would have gone through some serious taste tests to get the accolade. 20 wines from the Independent Wine site won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in the prestigious Decanter award.

You can view the list here: https://www.independent.wine/2020/09/26/independent-wines-twenty-premium-italian-wines-win-decanter-gold-silver-and-bronze-medals/

This is a collaborative post with Independent Wine

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