Wine is a lot more affordable than everyone thinks. There are many brands of inexpensive wine that you can enjoy anytime and not just on a special occasion. You just need to know which of them are best suited for your taste AND your wallet. The Vino Vault would like to present you with 5 Ultimate Tips on Buying Good Cheap Wine.
The one big problem with buying wine is the more you spend the more likely you’re going to get a good wine. The flip side of this is the less you spend, the more likely you’ll get not-so-good wine. Recommendations are great, but wine is always changing. A wine might be stupendous on one vintage and then ‘meh’ the next, or in some cases for bulk producers, not even the same wine. There are also so many wine brands that come out each year, no human could possibly give you a rundown of them all. Fortunately, you don’t need to taste all the wine in the world to know how to seek out quality.
The number 1 ultimate tip we can give you is to pay attention to value regions. Countries like Spain, Chile and Portugal produce gobs of wine but don’t have the same ‘wine prestige’ (or economic status) as countries like France and the United States. You’ll stumble across more values if you purchase your wine from Spain, Chile and Portugal. They are least likely to have an inflated price due to popularity or press.
There’s a lot to love, in particular, about Spanish wine. Wine from the Rioja region is not only extremely delicious, but you can expect to find good value in it if you take your time and don’t make any hasty purchases. One of the reasons why so many wine collectors look to the Rioja region is the fact that many of these wines have been aged for a considerable amount of time before being released, and given their price points, the value is through the roof. Rioja wines marry the flavors of the earth with fruity nuances and bold spices, and while you might spend slightly more on wines from this region than you would on others present on the list, you’ll never find a better quality over value than what is inherent in Rioja wine.
Trying to avoid those horrible cheap wine headaches? Pick wines made with organic grapes, they have more rigorous production requirements. As with other USDA organic products, organic wine is made without using prohibited substances or genetic engineering (see Allowed and Prohibited Substances). It undergoes the same rigorous requirements of USDA organic certification as other products throughout its lifecycle (see Five Steps to Organic Certification). And, in addition to being overseen by the USDA National Organic Program, it has to meet the requirements of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, especially for sulfite labeling requirements.
Try lesser-known grape varieties that haven’t quite made their way into the spotlight. Often these varietals offer great value. A few examples include Carménère, Primitivo, Tannat, Bobal, Nero d’Avola and Petite Sirah. You don’t have to always drink Cabernet or Chardonnay. Step outside your comfort zone and you may just find that your favorite type of wine is the one lesser chosen.
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Look to local long-standing wine shops for an ample selection and more flexibility when it comes time to negotiating a case discount, especially for closeouts on older vintages. Buy by the case to take advantage of retailer’s case discounts, which often save you up to 15% (and you can store it in your Vino Vault! (hint hi
Not all red wines are more expensive than white wines. However, reds (generally) are more expensive than whites because the process to make red wine is more complex and longer than making most white wines. When you add processing and storage time to any item, it usually increases the cost of manufacture. Therefore the base cost will increase. Long story short, to get the most bank for your wine buck, get white.
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We hope these 5 ultimate tips for buying good cheap wine help you!
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