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Wines to avoid and why: Sommelier's explanation

Wines to avoid and why: Sommelier's explanation Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Wine is a noble and quite popular beverage. Not everyone understands the nuances of grape varieties and production and choose poor quality wines. Sommelier Sarah May Grunwald named wines to avoid, with reference to Business Insider.

Wines to avoid

Certified sommelier from California Sarah May Grunwald said she has over 20 years of experience in the field.

"After training and working as a sommelier in Italy, I pride myself on being able to find my clients their new favorite drink. But over the years, I've also learned which popular blends to steer clear of when I'm out and about," she said.

The sommelier named some types of wine that she would never order.


According to her, bubbles can be tempting, but she avoids Prosecco.

Prosecco is a popular sparkling dry wine.

People order it because it is an affordable sparkling wine that can be incredibly refreshing and festive.

Natural sparkling wine is not filtered and bottled during fermentation, resulting in a fizzy drink.


Chardonnay is a white grape variety.

The sommelier does not consider it the best option if you are looking for a light white wine to pair with seafood or sip out on the deck.

As a refreshing alternative, the expert recommends choosing a glass of assyrtiko from Greece - a crisp white wine known for its citrus and mineral notes.


The expert said that rosé may be a go-to summer sipper, but it's better to perk up with a glass of amber wine (also known as orange wine).

The unique style of white wine gets its distinctive color from prolonged contact with grape skin, resulting in a rich and complex flavor.

Grunwald advises paying more attention to Georgian labels, as this country has a long history of winemaking.