|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
First, let's dispel the most common wine anxiety:
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
The seemingly bewildering
variety of wines at a fine wine store or supermarket can be
broken down into four basic categories:
(Champagnes and Sparkling wines are not covered