Three Questions to Ask When Buying Wine

Sauvignon, Merlot, Prosecco-it shouldn't be all that difficult to choose a wine bottle!

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When confronted with a shelf full of wine bottles, do you stare back at confusion, just grab a random bottle and hope for the best? The holidays are filled with get-togethers that need a bottle or two so we’ve asked Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Food and Beverage Manager, Tanguy Gras, to help us make wine-shopping a bit easier.


1 Which do you prefer to drink—whites, reds, fruity or bold-flavored drinks?

“First of all, know your preference or the group’s preference,” says Gras. Whittle down your choices to the bottles that matter. You can't go wrong with choosing from the bottles your group is most likely to enjoy.


2 Do you know the menu you’re pairing the wine with?

If you already know the menu for the meal you’re buying wine for, the bottle choices should be easier. Dry wines work well with seafood while bolder reds are great with roast chicken, duck, turkey, or tomato-based dishes.


Gras stresses though that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to enjoying wine. “It is more about the experience,” he shares and less focus on whether you paired a white wine with seafood. The occasion also influences the quality and choice of winery (hint: festive occasions call for some bubbly, maybe?).


3 Have you decided on a budget for your wine?

Decide on your budget and get the best ones your money can buy. According to Gras, there are great options for under P1,000. “Some AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlle) Bordeaux are already available at this price. Good Chilean wines or Australian wines are available at this price point, too.”


There’s also a great selection if you’re willing to spend up to P3,000 for a bottle. “I would suggest looking for second wines of Classified Growths from Bordeaux, with a good vintage. They are a must-try.”



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