According to the latest surveys, most people can’t really distinguish between the cheap and slightly more expensive wines. While there is a huge difference between the cheapest and the most expensive wine (in terms of grape quality, vintage and age), there is very little or NONE if you compare a 20-dollar bottle of wine with a 40-dollar one. Both wines not only taste and smell the same, but are made from the same grapes of the same quality. The difference in price is not a reflection of quality, it basically represents the name of the winemaker or vineyard. Therefore, finding an inexpensive wine that will knock you down with exceptional flavour and aroma, is possible.
Make the Internet Your New BFF
There’s no doubt that Chardonnay is the most sought-after type of wine, and it usually is the most overpriced one. Does this mean you should give up the buttery flavour infused with fruit and spice? Of course not. You can get cheap wine online without sacrificing on quality, texture and aroma. And remember, cheap does not mean low quality. Online retailers have lower operational costs and are thus able to offer lower prices for their products and often have ‘flash’ and deal-of-the-day sales. These can save you up to 15% and more.
Also, when you buy in bulk, you can save anywhere between 15 and 30 percent. And remember, low price does not mean low quality; it is the way for online wine shops to get more customers (satisfied customers that is). So, go for it. I mean why would you pay 30-plus dollars for a single bottle of 42 Degrees South Chardonnay when you can get it for less than $20 online. Right?!
Look for Varietals Unknown to You
Look in places where others don’t, which means you need to be more adventurous and look for great values in lesser-known regions or varietals. Wines are changing (depending on the quality of the year), plus, there are new brands coming out every year. This means there are many new varietals that offer superior quality, but are less-known to the public because they just haven’t reached the top yet.
Take Advantage of Live-Chat
Wine shopping online can be at times overwhelming; you might get stuck between the prices and the tons of different wine varietals and brands. So, take advantage of live chat; it will put you back in the control seat. Customer service team members are wine geeks and can help you make the right choice – you get your questions answered, plus there’s no nagging.Technology Is Awesome
Technology always comes in handy, even when choosing the right wine. There are lots of free apps that let you find little-known labels and view reviews and ratings form people who have tried the wine.
The combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is an example of how a perfect relationship should look and feel like. This pair consists of two wine varietals which complement each other, while creating a blend in which the best taste features of both wines are accentuated. Moreover, this combination is the base for some of the best French wines. When true wine enthusiasts want to treat themselves with a glass of red wine that satisfies all the taste buds, they choose Cabernet Merlot. Read More →
Trying to find the perfect white wine is difficult because there are so many different varieties to choose from. Understanding what makes a white wine, the difference in the tastes and aromas can help you narrow down which ones you will like and which ones you will not. For example, both Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc perform beautifully but these are different styles of dry white wine. The differences between them, however, are great so comparing them side by side will hopefully help you find which one you prefer.
Knowing where your wine originates from and where they make the wine of greater quality is important. Chardonnay originates from Burgundy, France and is usually produced with Pinot Noir grape. There are 491,000 acres of Chardonnay grapes worldwide. So, when looking to choose a bottle, the location of where the wine was made is important. If price is not an issue, look for North Coast California, Oregon, Cotes de Beaune (France), Jura (France) and New Zealand. If you want to save some cash but still want a decent Chardonnay, look for Spain, Chile, Italy, Australia and Languedoc (France).
Sauvignon Blanc hails from Bordeaux and Loire in France and usually grows along Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. There are 272,000 acres of Sauvignon Blanc grapes worldwide. A more expensive bottle of Sauvignon Blanc will usually have been grown in New Zealand, California, Washington and Loire Valley (France), but you can certainly find a great quality Sauvignon Blanc lower in price. Look for bottles produced in Chile, Italy or Pays d’Oc (France). Read More →
Unlike red and white wines, Rose wines are not made of specific grape variety. They are made exclusively from red grapes (always), and not from white grape variety, nor are a result of the blend of red and white grapes. They take some of the colour of the red grapes they are made of, but not enough to be classified as red wines, hence why the colour is an interesting feature of Rose wines. In fact, Rose wines differ primarily in colour. The darker the colour of the Rose, the more full-bodied the wine is, with bolder flavours.
Back in the 90’s, drinking Rose wine was considered a joke by wine lovers and connoisseurs. Rose gained a very bad reputation because of the mass-production of the California’s white Zinfandel, which was super sweet. Trying to convince people that drinking Rose wine was cool, seemed like an impossible task. Today however, drinking Rose wine has become trendy. There is a growing number of producers of Rose wine with winemakers from California and France dominating the market, however, some great Rose wines from New Zealand and Australia have topped the wine lists. Read More →
Whether it is a birthday party or a special event (wedding, anniversary or a new position at a major firm), Sparkling wine is the perfect companion to any occasion. But bubbly can be as confusing as it is delicious. So how do you choose Sparkling wine? Relax, picking the right one for you is not as daunting as you may thing. Nowadays, almost every country and wine region in the world produces a Sparkling wine using locally grown grapes. From Macabeo and Parellada in Spain, Prosecco, Lambrusco and Moscato in Italy, to traditional Sparkling Shiraz in Australia, you can find a wide range of different styles of bubbly. Read More →
When it comes to the perfect white wine for cooking, it is very simple: if you enjoy drinking the wine, then you should cook with it. It does not necessarily mean that it has to be expensive as long as you would drink and serve it to your guests. If it tastes good, it will also taste good in your dish. Think about this way, it will also give you a chance to drink a glass or two while you are cooking your favourite meal. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
Here is another tip: When buying white wine, it is not a good idea to purchase white wine for cooking because they contain salt and other additives which will negatively affect the flavour of the dish. Here are the best white wines for cooking. Read More →
Great is the fortune of the one who possesses a good bottle of red, a good book and a good friend. There is nothing more delightful than drinking a full-bodied, delicate and outright velvety red wine that has stood the test of time. You certainly agree with me, don’t you. Red wine is the elixir of life, the matrix of art and the teacher of romance. Simple, yet complex. Read More →
Pinot Noir is one of the most popular red wine varieties, as it is a synonym for refinement and elegance. The red wine Pinot Noir provides an exotic bouquet and a mouth-filling texture and it comes in many different flavours and aromas (there are red fruit wines, oaked wines and complex red wines).
Pinot Noir is grown in cooler climates and the most famous (and original) region is Burgundy, France where Pinot Noir is the only grape variety allowed to be produced. Read More →
Regardless of the season, there is no such thing as too much wine. But sometimes, too much of wine can result with a bad hangover at work the following day. So, what should you do, cut your alcohol intake? That’s a no-no. To enjoy wine without sacrificing the number of glasses, start looking for low-alcohol wines. If you think this narrows down your wine options, no worries, there are a lot of low-alcohol wines on the market.
Any wine maker is obligated to state the alcohol level on the wine label, but as an unwritten rule, it is often written in a small-sized font and on a difficult-to-find place. The alcohol level is a percentage of the alcoholic strength of a wine. Finding the alcohol level of some wines can be quite challenging, but know it is there somewhere on the label. It must be. Search harder. Read More →