"What type of wine do you like?" This is likely the first question you'll be asked at any wine retailer but what if you're looking for something new, something different than your usual? This particular question is far too general and it may be difficult for you to communicate just what you are looking for. This Detailed Wine Search is a uselful tool to get you started but beyond that, there a few more things to consider while assessing your own tastes.
Discovering your palate is simply a matter of tasting a variety of wines and deciding what you like and don't like. There is no wine that is one-size-fits-all because every one has different tastes. Making note of your preferences will significantly improve your selection and experience of wine. As you taste wine, write down your impressions and look for patterns in your preferences. Wines have four basic components: taste, tannins, alcohol and acidity. Tastes can range from fruit, leather, spices, nutty, vanilla, or some combination of the above - what are your favorites? Do you prefer strong or subtle tannins, alcohol, and acidity? Do you like sweeter or dry wine? Answering these questions will generate a better understanding of what you like.
Finding your taste for wine is an ever evolving process as our senses change from time to time. Given our uniqueness there is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a wine that you like. In the end it's really up to your taste buds to decide.
Below is a quick quiz from Food and Wine Magazine to help further familiarize yourself with finding your wine style: