How to Buy Great Wine
See if an expensive wine's producer also makes a value bottle—it's likely to be crafted with the same care.
Serve wine with food from its region. For pasta, look to an Italian bottle. For paella, go Spanish.
If all else fails, try Malbec from Argentina, Merlot from France, Pinot Grigio from Northern Italy, and Chardonnay from Australia. Pinot Noir pairs with almost anything. And you can't go wrong with bubbly.
—Sheri Sauter Morano, Institute of Masters of Wine