Whether you're looking for a fancy red or a cheap white , it can be tough to find the wine that best fits what you want.
INSIDER spoke to wine experts to find the best tips for enjoying your perfect bottle of wine. Checking the label to learn a wine's importer can be useful.
Typically, a bottle's region and vintage can be found right on the label. But, you might be missing out on a crucial piece of information about a wine's quality— the name of the importer.
"Building a relationship through wine with an importer will help you find more wines that you like, especially when shopping retail," John Paterson, wine director of Frankies Spuntino in New York City, told INSIDER. " Most importers of smaller, family-run wineries share a common 'ethos,' and you might discover more wines you enjoy from places you might not have expected."
When shopping for wines from overseas, learn to read the label markings.
If you enjoy French and Italian wines, learning to read the labels can help you be more informed about your purchases.
"Wines grown within the European Union will have geographical indications if they are of a certain quality," sommelier Jules Elkovich of Michael Jordan's Steak House in Uncasville told INSIDER. "Look for phrases and abbreviations like appellation contrôlée, AOC, AOP, and PDO/DOP."
These labels signify that the wine comes from a specific region, said Elkovich. Because of this, these bottles are likely held to a "s trict standard to preserve the integrity of the region."
If you're a fan of Californian wines, keep an eye out for any mention of specific wine regions within the state.
Wines made in California count among the highest-profile versions in the world , according to Wine Folly. But, if you're browsing bottles and come across a wine label that vaguely lists only the state of California as its region, feel free to be skeptical.
"[You want to] look for a more specific designated region. For example, a wine that has 'Sonoma Coast' listed as its designation is going to be more distinct and typically of higher quality than one that simply says ‘California,'" Ronald Buyukliev, lead sommelier of Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas told INSIDER.
He said when a more specific wine region is listed, the wine is typically higher in quality.
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