What is a good wine?

Posted on 10-03-2017

Author: Sue Straight

Date: 6/12/2015

This question comes up a lot and the answer is fairly simple: if YOU like it, then it’s a good wine for you to drink. Like art, music, fashion, food preferences, sports teams and many other things, wine enjoyment is based on your personal preference. Period. Do not let some glass-wielding, self-proclaimed wine expert (even me) tell you otherwise. For example, I love the way Jimmy Choo shoes look, but would I buy them? Hell no. I would most likely twist an ankle and honestly, I’d rather spend that kind of money on wine. I refuse to suffer for beauty. That’s my personal preference. 
There are certain global guidelines that determine a wine’s overall quality, and should, but don’t always, factor into its price point. I personally think that many wines are hideously overpriced, but that’s a rant for another time. Ok, mini-rant - it only costs so much to produce a bottle of wine, even if it has aromas of angel farts.  Enough said.
When judging a wine I ask myself the following questions:
  1. Does the wine taste good?
  2. Is it varietally correct, meaning, if it’s a Pinot Noir, does it look, smell and taste like a Pinot Noir?
  3. Would I buy this? This is a price point question – if the wine is good and fairly priced, most likely I would buy it and recommend it to my friends. If it’s hideously overpriced, I’ll pass, unless you are buying. Grin.
  4. Is the wine consistent? Do the aromas translate through to the flavors and linger through the finish, making me want another sip?
The factors listed above are important, but ultimately, it comes down to what you want.
Another tip from the ‘ol Wine Wench® – the more wine you drink, the more you are going to like it, so drink more wine!
Please feel free to contact me here  Info@BuyWine.com with any wine questions – I’m happy to help!
Sue Straight
The Wine Wench®