Of course, it doesn\u2019t make much sense to have a cellar full of wine you don\u2019t like. Wine buying guides provide good reference points for wines you\u2019ve never tasted. However, you might consider buying only one bottle of a wine you haven\u2019t tasted, instead of many, even if the producer has a good reputation or a well-known reviewer has awarded it a high score. Reputation and wine scores should be starting points, since people\u2019s tastes differ widely. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to help guide your purchases.\r\n\r\nOne way to improve your odds is to learn which reviewers have tastes that mirror yours. If you love Cabernets, for example, you\u2019ll quickly find which critics rave over them, but you\u2019ll also learn which prefer more restrained wines that might be more suitable for enjoying with food.\r\n\r\nThat said, the best way to learn what you like is by tasting wine. Take wine tasting classes at wine stores or local colleges and adult schools. Attend wine events where you can taste a wide variety of wines. Try wines by the glass when available at restaurants and bars. Wine clubs and tasting parties with friends can also be both great fun and very informative. Take recommendations from friends, but be sure to consider whether their tastes are similar to yours. Whatever you do, pay attention and take notes. And don\u2019t forget to spit. Otherwise, all the wine will taste great!\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll almost always find some surprises, particularly with some inexpensive wines. Most important, accept your own tastes. Drinking wine isn\u2019t a competition during which you\u2019re forcing yourself to learn to like wines that don\u2019t suit you. Remember, above all of the terminology and technicality, the most important thing about wine should be the ability to get the most out of every glass, so you actually enjoy what you\u2019re drinking. Drink\u2014and buy -- what you like and don\u2019t apologize or try to impress others.