World wine-buying guide: Never get the wrong bottle again

Experts reveal what to look for, which producers to seek and what to avoid when buying wine in popular markets

Buying wine doesn’t have to be an exercise in brow furrowing and calculated guesswork.

We’ve clinked glasses with three experts to get hints for negotiating shelves around the world.

Whether you’re looking for a bargain-bin Riesling or top-dollar Chablis, the best merchants and producers are easy to find.

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Sarah Mayo, founder of consumer wine hub The Local Nose, in Singapore says:

“If I only had one wine, I’d take champagne in a second. I like blanc de blancs, Grenache… I’m a Rhone Valley kind of person.

"Watch out for fakes. I would never buy expensive Bordeaux in China, unless you’re in an expensive restaurant.

"In Singapore and anywhere in Asia, the wine has traveled a long way and if it’s not stored properly, it’s going to be degraded. So look for someone who has a long reputation in fine wines and is educated about wine storage, also who turns over their stock and has current vintages." more…

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