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11 Ways to Tell If a Wine Is Actually Really Good

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11. Do you like it?

Taste in wine, like taste in restaurants or movies or just about anything else, is highly subjective and can be affected by all kinds of factors, including experience, mood, and expectations. Ultimately, though, only one thing matters — not the way the wine looks or smells or tastes, not mouthfeel or balance or anything else. How can you tell if a wine is really any good? If you like it, it is.