Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway.
This post is the third in the Winesday series on building a catalog of wines for a cellar. This series is organized by price range and then outfitted with an appropriate assortment of highly valued and rated wines. In the sixteen to twenty-four dollar range we have comprised a list of nine white varietals and nine red varietals, of these wines are a few of our most frequently purchased bottles, those being the Meiomi, Tomassi and Truchard.
- Sixteen to twenty dollars a bottle; maybe you don’t buy wine in this price range every day, but it is valuable to have a few suggestions to try for the times that you do.
- What makes a wine more expensive? The amount of time it was aged, what it was aged in i.e.; New French Oak, Stainless Steel, the land it was grown on based on valued of soil, climate and terrain, the grapes that were used, the wine maker and method of production, the label and packaging, supply and demand based on that vintages harvest yield, and lastly and most ridiculously the branding, if your favorite celebrity is seen drinking it why shouldn’t you be able to try a sip?
- The back of a bottle can describe an poorly made wine just as enticing as it could a work of art, do not trust the label description.
- Go to wine tastings, family owned wine stores or consult references like the Wine Enthusiast before splurging on a new bottle.
- Each individual has their own palate, but if someone you frequently drink wine with makes a suggestion you can generally trust it. The same goes for small time wine shops, if you make yourself known to the owner and create a rapport they will start to understand your preferences and make suitable suggestions for you. On occasion you won’t enjoy the bottle they refer, be honest and kind when telling them because they may give you a discount on the next bottle or even throw you a bone and give you a bonus bottle on your next purchase of a few bottles.