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2018 Wine Buying Guide

Buying wine is much more than going to the liquor store and picking up the first bottle you see. There is a science behind choosing the right bottle that includes everything ranging from grape variety to origin. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to buy better wine, we have two things to say you: good for you and here is your guide.

2018 Wine Buying Guide

Full-bodied red wine and where they make them best

The best full-bodied red wines come from regions with a lot of sunshine and dryness where they develop sweat tannins and ideal ripeness.


Central and Southern Italy are great regions to look for Merlot and bolder aromas like Primitivo.


Californian Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel keep getting better, in spite or thanks to the recent droughts.


In central Spain, they produce excellent Monastrell and Petit Verdot, year after year.


Their neighbors are not half bad with wines like Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet.


If you visit any liquor store in Chinatown or any other Australian city, you will see an amazing offer of Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon produced right there in the Australian wine regions.

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Medium-bodied red wines and where they make them best

These wines are famous for their heightened acidity and distinct flavors that make them match with food very well.


Loire Valley reds such as Cabernet Franc are some of the best Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blends you can find.


Northern and Central Italy excel in producing medium-bodied reds. Piemontese wines are especially convenient for combining with different foods.


Garnacha, Mencia and Tempranillo are some of the best grape varieties Spain has to offer in this category.


German medium-bodied reds have deeper fruit flavors and heighten acidity.


The years 2011 and 2013 were outstandingly well for Chilean Merlot and Carignan.

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Light-bodied red wines and where they make them best

These wines require cooler climates for the grapes to get lower tannin and floral notes.


2014, 2015 and 2016 were amazing years for Pinot Noir in Oregon, and things keep on looking better for this wine region.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to look for both lush and light Pinot Noir in the year to come.


Austrian specialty, Zweigelt from 2015, is the wine to look for if you want an exceptional taste and lightness.


2012 and 2015 brought excellent Ahr Pinot Noir, Baden and Pfalz to German wine regions, enriched with an earthy and spicy aroma.

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Full-bodied white wines and where they make them best

Wine regions with an inclination to oak-aging produce white wines with buttery and creamy flavors.


Famous for its Chardonnay, California produces best quality white wines, especially in areas closer to the Pacific Ocean.


Chile’s coastal areas also produce fantastic Chardonnay, especially if we’re talking about years 2013, 2014 and 2016.


The Victoria region is the place of origin for excellently balanced Chardonnay.


Washington’s finest full-bodied whites are Sémillon, Marsanne, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Light-bodied white wines and where they make them best

Perfect for food pairing, these white wines are dry, have mineral flavors and heightened acidity.


This country delivers enchanting whites with chalky sappy spice. If you want to try something really authentic, go for Assyrtiko.

South Africa

Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc from this country are ideal for pairing with Asian food.


A blend of indigenous varieties of Alvarinho and Loureiro, Portuguese Vinho Verde is a must try.


The chalky bitterness of Italian white wines such as Vermentino and Soave work amazingly with any food, but especially seafood.

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Aromatic white wines and where they make them best

As their name says it, aromatic whites are rich with aromas of flowers and sweet stone fruits. They can be made in both dry and sweet style.


The eminent Tokaji wine is similar to Riesling but with more structure and body. Another phenomenal variety from this European country is Cserszegi Füszeres.


And speaking of Riesling, this is the country that made it famous, and that makes it best. Austria too has its own style of Riesling with more savor.


Alsace, the aromatic wine region of France, produces delicious Muscat, especially in the years 2014 and 2015.

New York

New York’s Riesling is quite a serious competitor to the European countries producing this aromatic wine, so don’t miss out on the 2013, 2014 and 2015 vintages.

You can’t go wrong with these wines and these highlighted regions. Cheers, and happy New Year.

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As well as buying online, you can visit one of their local stores!