Buying Wine

Buying Wine

Buying wines can sometimes be a bewildering experience, and there are a whole host of factors that can affect your choice.

One of the major issues that people find difficult is deciphering the wine label. We aim to demystify this process for you, with an explanation of the wine classification system, and a guide to the often confusing appellation system in Europe. There's also a tour of the world's wine labels, with a clear explanation of the wording on each.

In this section, you'll also find articles on how to make informed decisions when buying wine, whether you're buying a bottle for yourself, or for friends. There's a chance to see some of the safe choices you can make - as well as some risky ones you should probably avoid. You'll also find some handy information about wine on the internet, the revolutionary new way to buy wine, all without leaving the comfort of your sitting room!

Understanding the Cost of Wine
Looking at the components that go towards the cost of a bottle of wine ...
The Wine Price Spectrum
Looking at the difference in wine quality across a range of price brackets ...
Vintage
What is a vintage wine, and what does it tell us about the wine itself?
Wine Classifications
Understanding the different classification terminology used for labelling European wines ...
Understanding Labels
Deciphering the information on wine bottle labels ...
Wine Bottle Shapes
How the shape and colour of a wine bottle can tell you a great deal about its contents ...
Wine Bottle Sizes
Have you ever wondered how many bottles of wine a Jéroboam or a Methuselah was equivalent to?
Safe Wine Choices
Some suggestions on basic wine styles that can be enjoyed by most people ...
Risky Wine Choices
Wines to avoid when buying a bottle for a group of people to enjoy ...
Buying Wine for Other People
How to buy wine for the casual drinker, the wine buff, and even for people who don't like wine at all ...
Tips on Shopping for Wine
How to choose the right bottle of wine, and the best place to find it ...
Wine on the Internet
Looking for wine on the web ...
Glossary of Appellations