Boxed wines are becoming more popular in America. They've already established themselves in Australia and France but the low quality of early boxed wines continues to hurt their public perception in America. This is changing and while there are some definite advantages to using boxed wines, there are also some disadvantages. If you are going to drink boxed wine, you should weigh the pros and cons of boxed wines for whatever your situation.
Even if you find a great wine merchant near you, you'll still be faced with choosing the right wines whenever you go there. This might seem like a daunting task, even to someone who knows a bit about wines, but making intelligent wine choices out of a huge wine selection isn't as difficult as it sounds. There's no magic, just a bit of common sense, some preparation, and a willingness to take chances.
If you're fortunate to have more than one specialty wine shop in your area, you should take advantage of this by visiting them all and comparing what they have to offer. Even if you don't know enough about wine to fairly compare their selections, you can still compare other qualities like whether they store their wine properly, whether they have a broad selection of prices and varieties, and the quality of their customer service. Do they, for example, keep trying to sell you more expensive wines or do they listen well enough to your needs and then offer you wines that fit?
Before you can buy any wines, you need to find the best place to buy the wines from. As wines have grown in popularity, so have the number of stores selling ever greater varieties of wines. Whereas people were once content with cheap blended wines, now even relatively unsophisticated palates demand some specific varietals and wineries. Where you buy your wine will therefore depend in part on what sort of wine you happen to be shopping for. Take advantage of the options available to you.