From your local deli to artisan butcher, your charcuterier handles charcuterie meats every day, so they have first-hand knowledge of which charcuterie is tasting best, what's new, rare, or exciting. Here are a few tips:
Ask your merchant for their personal recommendations or preferences. What meats are in great condition that day? Which meats do they want to take home? What are they excited about?
Provide details on when and how you will be utilizing your charcuterie. Will you be serving it with other food, with wine, by itself?
More information = Better results.
Sample the items to confirm that it's what you are looking for.
Ask for advice on what wines, cheeses, or other accompanimentsthey would recommend.
Where does the meat come from and how is it handled? When was the product made and when is the best time to enjoy it?
Ask how that might affect the flavor or quality of the product.