Are Good Wines Always Expensive?
How much to pay for wine depends on how much money you have and
how much money you are willing to spend. Some people believe that
the more you pay for a bottle of wine, the better it will taste.
True, a $50 bottle of wine will certainly taste better than a $10
bottle. Generally, you will get a better wine if you pay more, but
it certainly does not take a fortune to get a decent bottle of wine.
$10 to $20 at a discount store will get you great whites and some
pretty good reds. For a great bottle of red wine, you usually must
spend over $20.
Does High Price Always Get You the Best?
expensive wine is not automatically better. Many factors can raise
the price tag. The cost of land, inventory, labor, materials, etc.
may make producing wine expensive. Even if the wine, at times, does
not turn out to be anything special, the winery still must try to
regain its investment by keeping the price at a certain level. Rare
wines, wines produced in limited quantity, wines highly rated by
the press, or wines with prestigious medals may go up in price.
Also, imports often are overrated, and import duties and marketing
cost will drive up the price.
So if you find
a bottle of wine in a lower price range that appeals to you, go
for it. There are many very good wines in the $10 to $20 price range.
It just takes some shopping around to find reliable sources which
have a good selection of lower priced wines.