spanning the entire globe, from the powerhouses like Napa and the ancient wine valleys of Italy to Spain, Argentina and Australia.  First things first though, wine can be broken down, roughly by color, into five basic categories:

Basic Wine Categories

After deciphering the categories and the grape names, You may want to dig deeper into the world of wine and go on your way to being a true connoisseur. You'll need to know the basic terms used to Wine Resources Guide. Wine is made all around the world, with each country adding its unique flavor. France and Italy produce and export the most wine per year. If you are just starting to get into wine, it would be a good idea to start with a bottle of French or Italian wine. Their wine is usually considered to be among the highest quality. If you aren't ready to commit to a certain wine, wine tastings are a good place to start. Wine cellars and restaurants sometimes will allow you to sample some of their wine as well. Also, restaurants that sell wine usually sell wine by the bottle and by the glass, so spending $7 on a glass of wine you've never tried before is a better idea than buying the whole bottle. There's an awful lot to say about wine, but when everything is said and done, it all comes down to preference. So, arm yourself with wine knowledge, get the glasses ready, and start sipping. One day, you'll find your perfect wine. Don't forget your wine key!

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