I have never been "good" at drinking wine, but that doesn't keep me from practicing, and these new "not-at-all-stuffy" rules for buying and drinking vino are perfect for people like me.
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Their first rule (and you should click the link below to read the whole, very interesting article) is that there are no rules, which is great because I've never found that rules and alcohol go particularly well together. Now that you know not to worry, you can head to the store with a few tips and terms in mind.
Firstly, Bon Appetit urges you to get over your cork snobbery; it's good for ageing, but if you're going to be drinking from the bottle anytime soon, a screw top is perfectly acceptable. Next, don't get too hung up on vintage, and focus on the producer instead. A good producer will be good at their job all year round, so the vintage won't matter as much as you would think.
Finally, if you really want to impress your local somm, drop a few names. Orange wine (white wine made with the skins still on) is nutty and tannic; Island Wine (whites and reds from Corsica, Sardinia, Santorini, the Canaries, or Sicily) is bright, breezy, and acidic; and the Loire region is a good place to look for a whole slew of affordable varietals (from rich reds to fruity rosés). Oh, and don't be ashamed to ask for the Riesling. Riesling is good.
You can find more wine lore at our exhaustive beginner's guide on the subject.
The (Totally Fun, Not-At-All Stuffy) New Rules of Wine [Bon Appetit]