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Cheap Wine?

What is a cheap wine? I read a blog yesterday that was talking about cheap wines. As I read the other blog, I quickly realized that it was referring to the price of a bottle of wine. I don’t know about you but when I hear the word cheap, I tend to think of something of low quality. If that’s the definition of cheap, then I don’t want a cheap wine. Perhaps wine enthusiasts should avoid using the word cheap in referring to wine. When talking about wines, inexpensive or not expensive would be a good option.

When buying wine, I want a wine that will pair well with food or makes a great dessert wine. Lots of flavor, nice body, balance and preferably a long aftertaste is my definition of a quality wine. On the other hand, if cheap is referring to price and not quality, what price range would be considered cheap or inexpensive? Five, ten or 15 dollars a bottle?

From my experiences of visiting more than 300 wineries, I have discovered numerous wines that have the quality I like without breaking the bank. Yes, some are less than $15 a bottle and some are considerably more. I am happy with a wine that is less than $15 a bottle and has good quality. I also enjoy wines that reflect the terroir of the region I am visiting. How about you?

If you know of some inexpensive wines under $15, add a comment and let others know about them.

Cheers! Kathy

One Comment

  1. Posted March 26, 2009 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    I’ll address the concept of “cheap” in relation to winemaking kits. There are less expensive kits that will put the cost of a bottle of wine around $3.00. Add another dollar for the bottle and cork and you can make a $4.00 bottle of wine. This is assuming that you already have a primary fermenter, carboys, airlocks and corker. Higher end wine kits will double the price of the wine to about $6.00 a bottle. Add another dollar for bottle and cork and you will have a $7.00 bottle of wine that you made yourself. The differences between the two are rather great. The less expensive wine kit generally makes a wine that is lower in alcohol and a bit more “watered down.” As an everyday table wine, some may like it. The more expensive kits will come with more juice and therefore you will use less water in the production. This will result in a higher alcohol wine and there seems to be more aroma and taste. Rather than using water to top off carboys in less expensive kits, the higher end kits provide juice packs to top off carboys. In my judgment there is a difference in quality between a lower end wine kit and the higher end wine kit.

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