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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

Vino Vixen's Rules of Thumb

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Aug 20, 2008.

A few good quick recommendations. Does anyone else have rules of thumb they go to when wine shopping?


Reply by Adam Levin, Aug 20, 2008.

Importer - Kermith Lynch will be good
Importer - Charles Neal will be good
Importer - Cape Classics will be good
Importer - Chambers and Chambers will be good
Bottle - A bottle with sloped shoulders should not be stacked horizontally...they will fall...probably on you.

Also I disagree with the funky label idea. There are plenty of serious wines out there in fun packaging. This kind of proves this point, but this is just a really fun website to check out:

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Aug 22, 2008.

I really like the one about always having a gift bottle with the friend who gives it. I'm going to adopt that one.

Hear that? If anyone wants to buy me wine rest assured you will be there for the uncorking!

Reply by WineGent, Aug 24, 2008.

If you can TASTE before you buy! Develop a relationship with a wine vendor in your area. Allow them to get to know you, and your tastes. They will then be able to steer you towards new wines that fit your tastes.

Reply by Philip James, Aug 24, 2008.

Rule of thumb:

- labor costs are lower in developing countries and so 'generally' the wines from there represent better values. Particularly in the lower price ranges.

- when you are looking at a cheap bottle of wine, a few extra dollars will make the world of difference. Lets say you are looking at a $5 bottle. $4 is probably the cost of the bottle, taxes, shipping and storage, so the wine is worth $1. Trade up to a $7 bottle and now the wine is worth around $3. A 40% increase in price might give you triple the quality product.

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