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Wine shopping should be a fun and even an enlightening experience but all too often the opposite is true. Have you ever become frustrated trying to learn more about a particular wine, varietal or winery? Did you ever question a wine critic after tasting a new wine and not agreeing with their rating?

Wine shopping should be a fun and even an enlightening experience but all too often the opposite is true. Have you ever become frustrated trying to learn more about a particular wine, varietal or winery? Did you ever question a wine critic after tasting a new wine and not agreeing with their rating?

Are salespeople in retail wine stores of any value to you? Which wine description should you go by when reading differing information online about the same wine? How much time have you wasted attempting to find a specific wine? Read on to turn these frustrations into positive wine shopping experiences.

What Makes a Wine Good?
Wine preferences like food, are very individual as we each have different tastes. Each of us also has a uniquely developed palate when it comes to tasting the nuances in wines. Add to this the impact on sales which ratings have on a wine along with the lack of integrity of some wine critics and you realize that a wine rating should be a starting point at best when it comes to determining your opinion about a specific wine. I personally take all wine ratings with a grain of salt especially after experiencing and reading about the hyperbole and contradictions which plague this industry. This may be the subject for my next article as there is much to expose. Learning how to taste and evaluate wine for yourself will provide you with more enjoyment in shopping and drinking. Guidance on becoming your own wine critic has immensely more value than the guidance offered by the so-called experts. Many aspects of wine selecting, tasting, serving, drinking, food pairing and even sending back a bad bottle in a restaurant can be fun when you're equipped with the right information. A good wine is a wine which you enjoy; period!

Who's Opinion Should You Trust?
It's pretty rare to find a retail wine shop with a knowledgeable staff. Yes there are some, especially when the owner is a wine aficionado but they may not be familiar with the wines which interest you or they may not be available. Consider yourself blessed or lucky when a retail wine shop has a shelf-talker for a wine which interests you. At least the information on these notes comes from the winery and will usually accurately reflect what's in the bottle; especially if there are winemaster comments. On the other hand, the internet provides all the information you can possible want on most things and that includes wine. But, which information should you believe and go by as you're sure to find many discrepancies in the descriptions of the same wine. Reading different descriptions for the same wine has driven me up a wall for years and unfortunately it happens all the time when shopping for wine online.

I believe that the best bet is to go by what the winery publishes on their products. Searching for the winery's own website and digging for what you want to know can become a full-time job when comparing even a few wines but often it's a necessary evil. A website which culls information from the winery's sites is a great time saver and convenience. Links to the sites of the wineries from one place would also be convenient

Finding a Specific Wine
Attempting to find a specific wine which caught a persons' palate is apparently a common occurrence. With over a quarter million different wines on the market and different laws and distribution systems in each state, this can easily become a time-wasting exercise in futility. While nobody or company has access to every wine out there, a good wine shop is more than happy to attempt to locate wines which they normally don't stock. A Special Request service would be a welcome addition to any wine store.

The Bottom Line
Summing up indicates that shopping for wine online will save you a lot of time while usually saving you plenty of money too. Overhead expenses for online wine sales are much lower than retail stores and you will usually pay less when all is said and done.

The pleasure of becoming a more knowledgeable consumer in a fun way will also lead to a deeper enjoyment when drinking wine. The convenience of home delivery instead of carrying home a 40 lb. case of wine is also meaningful to many people. Yea, we need to pay shipping charges when we buy wine online and there is also an extra fee from the shipper regarding adult signature requirements but sales tax is usually avoided when purchasing out of state.

OnlineWineSale.com was conceived by Larry Andron after years of frustration stemming from shopping for wine. In addition to a wine selection which includes almost 100 varietals from all over the world. OnlineWineSale.com will enlighten you in many facets of the wine world while saving you time and money.

We look forward to serving the wine novice, serious wine buff and everyone in between and will do our best to accommodate you with our special request service. We heavily discount all wines and offer an addition discount for purchasing any mixed case of wine.

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