Over the years, we most often use the region to define wine, occasionally we use grapes to define wine, and occasionally we also define wine by popularity.
But many readers suggest that we measure wine by price. In essence, this group resists all other bottles except for the cheapest bottle.
In Wine School most of the time, this is impractical. If you want to explore the world of wine, to truly understand it, you must be willing to spend some money. Chasing the cheapest option, you may not really know Bordeaux, Napa Valley or anywhere else. But I do try to avoid overly expensive bottles and seek value in my suggestions.
La Vieille Ferme Vin de France Red 2019 (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, Alabama) $8
Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2018 (Ventus, Pleasantville, New York) $9
Los Vascos Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (Taub Family Selections, Boca Raton, Florida) $9
Now, I know someone said somewhere: “A bottle of wine is 9 dollars? No one needs to spend more than 5 dollars!”
For just $5, you are likely to get some pretty bad wines. For some other reasons, these wines have been manipulated in large quantities, grown industrially or sold very cheaply on the bulk market.
I am very curious about these three $10 wines. Over the years, my position has been that the highest value of wine is between US$15 and US$25. The cost of premium wines in this range (barely) is sufficient to cover the costs of responsible farming and non-manipulative winemaking. Once it falls below $10, it is inevitable to make concessions.
I hope I will continue to hold my position after this month. Nevertheless, I still hope that these wines are honest expressions, even if they are not the most complicated bottles, they cannot express a sense of place. Nevertheless, they should be relatively simple and satisfying.
Each of these bottles is well distributed. However, if you cannot find one of them, the solution is simple. Choose the same cheap red wine.