Without complicating things it’s important to understand wine before assessing it. The wine tool section of this website has many tables that can help you evaluate wine. Some basic qualities to look for when determining how good the wine is: a) Distinct Varietal Character: Each variety represents itself in a unique way. If a wine has been made from a single variety and the aromas and flavours are concentrated and straightforward, clear and focused then a wine is said to have varietal character. Some varietal characters can be benefited by a blend of different grape varieties in order make a style of wine. It’s important to understand that a wine should be made, whether from a single variety or a blend, for its distinct quality and merits and not for makeup varieties just to produce liquid for sale. b) Expressiveness: The quality a wine possesses when its aromas and flavours are well defined, their character shines with clarity and focus. You’ll find some wine just don’t have the distance and are a bit diffused and muddled, or may fall short in their flavour. c) Complexity: There is something to be said about complex wines which is more than an integrated wine .This is where the wine draws you back again and again because every time you smell and sip you find something new and surprising which should form a pleasing pattern for you. d) Integration: The components of a wine say acid, tannin, alcohol etc, come together in a harmonious fusion, in a way which it’s not just about balance but every component is playing it’s part to get along in order for the wine have a greater depth and round mouthfeel. e) Typifies the Region (Origins) : This the bond between a wine and the plot of land, region, subregion, commune it was born in. Without getting into meso/macro/and micro climates, this particular approach can take a while to master as you do need to taste as much as possible from a particular region to understand and one you are saying to yourself – ‘yes – this is a typical style of wine from that region’.