geoffrey-byruch-wineAs a new wine drinker, you might be intimidated by the number of options available, but you don’t need to be.

Wine drinking is more popular than ever and with good reason. The options to fit your taste are nearly limitless. Below, I’ll provide some tips on how to choose the best wine to fit your lifestyle, taste, and originality.

Taste Comes First

Choosing the best wine for you is truly a matter of personal preference. Do you prefer strong, robust flavors, or are you more into something light and fruity?

Generally speaking, red wines tend to be robust in nature. Cabernets and pinot noirs are popular red wines that are somewhat “heavy” and a bit dry — although you can find some that are more on the fruity side.

White wines such as pinot grigio and chardonnay lean more toward light and fruity, if that’s your taste.

For a sort of combination of red and white, a rose wine might be a good place for you to start.

Alcohol Content

Pay close attention to the alcohol content in the wine that you buy. You can find wines that range anywhere from less than 9% alcohol all the way to 14% or more.

If you’re going to be drinking several glasses in a night, the amount of alcohol in each glass can be a deciding factor — especially if you have to be up early in the morning to head off to work.

Overall Drinkability

Remember that pricier isn’t always better. Depending on your personal taste, a $10 bottle of wine might be better than a $50 bottle of wine. Don’t feel like you need to spend a lot to get enjoyment out of your wine drinking experience.

Wine connoisseurs have their own way of determining the value of wine. As a new wine drinker, ignore most of what they say for now.

The key is to find the wine that you find most drinkable and enjoyable. You’ll learn as you go.

Wine Is for Enjoying

There’s no pressure when you’re looking for the best wine for you. Wine is meant to be enjoyed, not stressed over.

Find your personal taste, try a few new ones here and there, and learn throughout the process.