Useful Wines: How to Order Wine that you Actually Want

When picking a wine, there is an enormity of options.  It can be frustrating to feel like you are taking repeated, blind stabs at what you hope will be an enjoyable bottle.  To make matters worse, the descriptions on labels or menus -- often written by wine marketers -- are jam-packed with jargon.  Words such as “seductive,” “perfumed,” or “sophisticated” are relatively meaningless when trying to find a similar wine.  One of the reasons I became interested in wine was to be able to identify wines that I enjoyed so that I could have them, and others like them, on a more consistent basis.  So, of all of the wine-related vocabulary, what words are actually useful in finding wines that agree with your palate?

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