Inexpensive Wine is good: A 12 Step Program
Who says that only expensive wine is good wine? There is a misconception on what is good and what is not, and in these times of economic uncertainty, you have to really stretch your dollar. Well, take heart! You can still enjoy very good wine on a budget, with bottles for $10.00 and under. Here are 12 tips that will help you buy, and enjoy, inexpensive wine.
- Know what you like.Only you, and you alone, know what tastes good to you. If you like only whites, stick with whites. Same goes for reds.
- Have a budget.How much do you want to spend? Set yourself a price range. A good range is $5.00-$10.00. Set a budget and stick to it.
- Most people know very little about wine.Don’t worry if you are a novice. You don’t have to be a wine expert to enjoy wine. Just go back to tip number one.
- Your brain can be tricked.There is a good article by David McRainey entitled, ‘You Are Not So Smart’: Why We Can’t Tell Good Wine From Bad. This article explains how even the experts could not tell the difference between good and bad wine. It all comes down to perception. If you think a wine is not going to taste good, chances are it won’t.
- Boxed wine can be good wine.There is a misconception that wine in a box is inferior. That is not true. Wineries are businesses, and boxes are cheaper than bottles. The boxes are designed for wines to protect the flavors.
- Screw on Caps vs Corks.Just like with boxed wine, most people think that corked wine is superior to screw on caps. Not true. Again, wineries are businesses and screw on caps are cost effective verses corks.
- Store your wine correctly.Especially once it has been opened. Oxygen is the number one enemy of wine. Invest in a vacuum pump and stoppers. They range in price from $5.00 to $25.00. Just insert the stopper into the bottle and use the small hand pump to remove the oxygen from the bottle. This will keep your wine fresh until you are ready to open it again. The great thing is the stoppers are reusable.
- Grocery stores sell good wine.You don’t need to go to a high end store to buy good wine. Your local grocery store sells very good, inexpensive wine.
- Go to a wine tasting event.Total Wine and More offers wine tasting while you shop. It’s a great way to expand your horizons a little.
- Pay with cash.Some stores will give you a discount for paying in cash rather than paying with a debit or credit card.
- Visit a local winery.Local wineries, like Hyman Vineyards, are a great place to visit. Most wineries offer samples of their wine when you visit. Plus, you get to support your local winery which keeps the money in state.
- Keep a journal.This is a great way to remember what you like and what you don’t. You can use a simple notebook, or a wine journal. You can find wine journals at Books-a-Million.
The point is, don’t be intimidated. Enjoying wine is a journey, and a fun one at that. Just stay true to your taste buds, set a budget and enjoy the journey. Cheers!