Wine stores tend to cater to either experts or idiots. If, like most of us, you’re somewhere in between, head to the Wine Gallery, a shop as welcoming to neophytes as it is to Robert Parker wannabes. The knowledgeable staff will happily guide you to a hard-to-find amarone or the best 10-buck malbec. And if you still can’t decide, try before you buy at the store’s “wine jukebox,” which dispenses free half-ounce samples of 32 reds and 16 whites. 375 Boylston St. (Rte. 9), Brookline, 617-277-5522, www.wine-gallery.com.