Asked their top advice for buying wine yielded some interesting responses from these skilled shoppers.
CHANGE UP – “My best tip for buying wine is to go past your regular safe and dependable bottle of wine and try something new. There are so many amazing varieties of wine just waiting to be experienced….You will never know what wine style you appreciate if you don’t expand your wine choices.” Corinne Maund, Liverpool
TRUST THYSELF – “People should drink the wine they like, when they like and how they like! Way too many consumers are still overly influenced by others when it comes to choosing wine…I truly believe one really starts to fully understand and appreciate wine once they start to trust their own palate.” Véronique Rivest, Wakefield
WHEN IN DOUBT – “Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations and get to know staff when shopping for wine.” Jackie Cooke, Calgary
BE ADVENTUROUS – “Start a wine passport and make a point of trying wines from unique regions or grape varieties…Why not host a dinner party with each guest bringing a unique wine? Whatever your strategy, kick that old Cabernet or Malbec habit and get off the beaten path.” Jesse Willis, Calgary
ON TOUR – “Visit local wineries. Their local bottles are often sold only on location.” Sara D’Amato, Toronto
TELL-TALE – “Can you tell a story about that wine? If so, buy it!” Adam Snelling, Calgary