Like learning how to do your taxes or how to load properly load a dishwasher, I genuinely think that figuring out how to choose a nice bottle of wine to take to someone’s house should be something that they teach in school. It’s an integral part of being an adult yet somehow we’re just expected to know the difference between a £5 chardonnay and an £18 sauvignon blanc without having so much as a whisper of a WSET qualification.
The truth is that the best tactic I’ve found for deciding what bottle will best show your friends that you’ve got your life together is going for the wine that looks the most aesthetically pleasing. Bringing a good bottle of wine to a dinner party is very important but so is bringing a bottle of wine that looks cool. Most of us judge a wine bottle by its label anyway, so unless you’re rocking up to a knees-up with a bunch of sommeliers, you can probably get away with bringing just about any old plonk as long as it looks impressive.
I am, of course, not advocating here that you buy a crap wine just because it’s got a fun cartoon graphic on it. That’d be shallow. What I am advocating, however, is that you try to buy a good wine that’s got a funky label that you like the look of. Not only will it look slick on your IG story but it’s a nice way to give back to the producers actually making an effort with how their wine looks. Creativity should be rewarded and, more than often, the people who have made effort into making sure their bottles look good has put the same effort into their wine. The inverse is true for eyesores like Barefoot wine – if it looks like a headache, drinking it will probably give you one.
These are five wines with cool labels that you should actually think about buying.