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* Wine Tutorial

* Wine Makers

* Wine Shops

* Wine Regions
This page is intended to serve as a basic guide to wine buying and drinking. We'll cover basic distinctions between types of wine, as well as wine-making regions, and make some suggestions as to how you can get the most for your wine-buying dollar.

First, let's dispel the most common wine anxiety:

Wine does not have to be complicated.

Yes, there are innumerable wine regions and wine makers, and yes, there is a dizzying variety of wines on the market. Don't panic. Don't let your eyes glaze over, shrug, and reach for that familiar jug because "wine's just too complicated."

The seemingly bewildering variety of wines at a fine wine store or supermarket can be broken down into three basic categories:

  1. Red

  2. White

  3. Dessert

(Champagnes and Sparkling wines are not covered here)