Choosing a wine for dinner shouldn’t be a chore. Keep it fun and simple. Here are some helpful tips on choosing the perfect wine for supper.

First Tip: Drink the wine that you like.

Seems obvious, doesn’t it? However, we get so caught up in what is the right wine and what is the incorrect wine that we forget the most significant thing: taste! We possess our own personal taste and enjoy drinking the wine we love. Sure, specific wines historically match certain dishes and taste, but ultimately you are the judge of exactly what you like to drink, regardless of what the experts say!

Second Tip: White with fish, red with meat? Not always.

Everyone knows that seafood meals should be accompanied by white wine and meat dishes should be accompanied by red wine. But sticking to strict wine rules takes the fun away from choosing wines. Again, trust your own taste. A wine should do a couple of things: enhance or contrast. Not all fish dishes are cooked in the same method, so why must they all be accompanied by white wine? Think about the dish, the way it is cooked, the seasonings and spices added, and after pick a wine that goes well with these components or contrasts, that is, if you want a more intense experience.

Third Tip: Always read a wine label.

Certainly not all merlots, shirazes, and cabernets are actually the same. An Australian merlot will differ from an American or French merlot. Research wine-making techniques all around the globe and discover the distinctions between wines and their countries of origin. But apart from the birthplace, also look for relevant information regarding specific regions and vineyards. The more detailed details on a wine label, the better the wine will be. The better the wine the more expensive it can be, but not always. Depending on the locale, you can get excellent wines right at estate vineyard where the grapes are grown.

Whether you’re making a meal at home, visiting a friend’s house for dinner, or dining out, use these simple tips to help you decide on a wine that’s right for you. If you’re still in the dark about which wine to buy, contact us at Miles Wine Cellars or visit our online Wine Shop, where we have some suggestions.