What does Jancis Robinson suggest for those new to wine?
Although I earn my living writing about wine, and have published several wine primers and give a mass of free background information on my website in our “Instant Expert” section, I always recommend people to establish a relationship with a local wine retailer. Tell them which wines you have liked so far. It's in their interests to introduce you to similar but more interesting or better-value wines. There are strong parallels between booksellers and wine merchants and the important role played by personal recommendation.