Jon’s Wine Tips for Novice Wine Drinkers

It’s Official.

Millennials are now the number one consumers of wine in the United States. According to a report by The Wine Market council they accounted for 42% of all wine consumed in the year 2015. As the only millennial on the Otto’s wine tasting team, I thought it prudent to share some tips and advice for those who are just starting the journey into wine.


Jonathan’s Top 3 Rules for New/Novice Wine Drinkers

  1. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Advice

We love to help people pick out wine! Regardless of your level of expertise there is a bottle that is perfect for you. Are you looking for a bottle to impress a significant other or his/her parents? Maybe you’re hosting the Packer game and want a few inexpensive bottles just in case. Ask the professionals at Otto’s; it’s honestly one of the best parts of the job for us!

  1. Buy Bottles to Cellar

Opening a bottle that you’ve held onto for a few years is one of the most rewarding experiences for a wine connoisseur. There are a number of varieties of wine that are well suited for short/long term aging that won’t break the bank. For example our True Grit Petite Sirah on sale for Only $13.99 will continue to improve for another 5-7 years at least!

  1. The Best Areas for Great Value

This part is a bit more subjective as it pertains to my own personal taste. In my experience wines from Spain, Portugal, Chile, and Argentina offer incredible quality for the price asked. Examples Include:

Tonel 46 Cabernet Sauvignon: 90 Points Wine Advocate On Sale $13.99

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon: 92 Points James Suckling Only $8.99

Grilos Reserve Red Blend: 90 Points Wine Enthusiast Two for $20

Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja: 92 Points Wine Advocate Two for $20