9. Don’t rely on samples if you want a full picture of the wine
Sampling flights is pretty trendy at the moment, but if you’re looking for a new favorite, a sip won't tell you the story of that wine. “A sample is like only viewing a snapshot of a film you love,” says Twomey. “Wine evolves as it becomes alive. Drink the first glass of wine and an hour later you go back to the and find that the wine has changed and evolved, and that's the fun of it.”
10. Don't hold your wine hostage until a fancy occasion pops up
In Italy and places like the South of France, there’s much less fanfare about drinking wine -- it’s just something that’s done every day with a meal. “In France,” says Noble, “wine was included with the meal rations for soldiers at war time, and there were certainly no white tablecloths in the trenches.” Here in the states with newly burgeoning laid-back wine bars and pubs with wine on tap, you’ll see people drinking at music festivals, cookouts, and yes, while shopping.