Unless you are an experienced wine drinker or connoisseur, selecting a wine can be intimidating, especially if you're in a liquor store or restaurant and selecting a bottle on the spot. Your server or retailer may helpfully offer the wine's rating, or you turn to a popular wine review app like Vivino, but what does that rating actually mean?
The winemaking process developed thousands of years ago and continues to thrive today. In the most simplistic terms, wine is the product of liquified, fermented fruit. Throughout the centuries, various regions have cultivated distinct grapes, and developed unique methods and processes to create an enormous yet unique variety of wines. However, the basic process of making wine remains the same throughout the world.
One of the first wines that a new enthusiast encounters is the zinfandel and for good reason. Its rich, but accessible flavor profile makes it one of the best standard reds, especially for those still developing a palate for drier varietals.