How to Choose the Right Wine

Follow this simple guide to pick the best type of wine for you

Whether you're pairing wine with a meal or just picking a bottle off the shelf, the most important rule to follow will always be to choose a wine that you like. This applies to choosing red or white wine, start with whichever type of wine you prefer. Still can't decide. Read on for some simple tips on choosing a satisfying wine.

Start with white

White wine generally has milder flavors and less mouth-drying tannins, making it easier to drink. A nicely chilled bottle of white wine is the perfect way to welcome yourself to the world of wine. 

This rule of thumb is also very helpful if you're throwing a tasting party or sampling a few wines at the same time. Drink the white wines first and enjoy all of their delicious subtleties before you start pouring the big, complex reds.

Serve with style

Store whites in the refrigerator and reds on their sides on a shelf or in a cabinet. For the best flavors, follow the 30-minute rule: half an hour before serving, take your white wine out of the refrigerator and put your red wine in. This will help make the red wine's flavors pop and emphasize the white wine's nuances.

If you're really feeling fancy, pour your reds into wider glasses to let out their rich aromas, and serve whites in narrower glasses to keep them cool.

Pairing perfection

While picking the right wine to go with a meal, it's best to just pick a wine that you like. If you want to go more in-depth, pair light and zesty white wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio with seafood, white fish, and crisp veggies; and heartier whites like Chardonnay with poultry and root vegetables.

For red wine, Merlot is your safest bet. It's smooth and tasty enough to sip on its own, and pairs with a wide variety of meats and vegetables. Meanwhile, light-bodied Pinot Noir pairs with everything from meatier meals and spicy sauces to poultry and dark fish like salmon. Red meats, sharp cheeses, and portobello mushrooms are the perfect foods for dark and rich Cabernet Sauvignon, so be sure to uncork a Cab on burger night.

Start with these delicious red and white wines

Shop these classic examples of wine-lovers' favorite varietals, like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay:

2016 Cannery Row Chardonnay


Lightly oaked California classic with delicious apple and nectarine.

Abbazia Moscato Rosé Dolce


Fruity, Pink, Italian, and Awesome.

Abbazia Cuvée Prestige


Tiny concentrated bubbles with big refreshing flavors.

2017 Lone Cardinal Lodi Pinot Noir


Bright Region of the Year red.

2016 Paperbark Red Blend


Juicy, nicely balanced blend of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

2017 Longchase Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon


The California red for any happy occasion.