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#356477 - 02/12/10 05:08 PM Less Expensive wine
Arox2010 Offline
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Is price always a factor in good quality and taste.
And what really qualifies a cheap wine?

I recently tried Smoking Loon Merlot and Pinot Girogio and it was okay to me. It is a $10 bottle that i will mostly likely buy again.
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#356479 - 02/13/10 02:15 AM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: Arox2010]
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I typically purchase $15 bottles and less. Anything $20 or more is a special occasion. You're right, there are so many excellent wines under $20, you can really experiment cost-effectively.

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#356488 - 02/13/10 06:37 AM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: jonfitzsimon]
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Twenty years ago price made a huge difference in wine quality, because many wine makers didn't have access to quality equipment. So a wine maker without a lot of money might have to dump a lot of sulfites into their wine to keep it from having problems. Cheap winemakers didn't have access to training and information.

Now in modern times even the smallest wineries have access to HUGE amounts of information on the web. They can learn exactly how to take care of their vines, how to grow vines organically, how to minimize additives. Most wineries can afford irrigation. They aren't trying out "iffy" grapes for their region - they know exactly what grapes grow well there and what fertilizer to use.

You can get some really tasty house wines for only $4 or $5.

That being said, I do also feel that sometimes wines are worth more money. For example, ice wine from Canada requires incredible amounts of attention and preparation. They have to harvest the grapes at the perfect level of frozenness. The resulting wine is absolutely delicious. So there are times that the higher price is for a good reason.
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#356497 - 02/14/10 05:37 AM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: Lisa Shea]
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Maybe I should not be embarrassed then, that i look for sale bottles in the $4-5 range? I am sick of corbett canyon and barefoot wines, but always there is *something* on sale in the grocery stores. Tonite I was drinking some Fisheye Shiraz for $4.99. It was nice enough.

It's all I can afford. I love wine and wish I could buy a $15 bottle. It's just probably never going to happen with my budget.

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#356501 - 02/14/10 09:31 AM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: jilly]
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There are many great wines in the under $10 range smile Enjoy them!

Ah - you need to change your story! You say "Never going to happen with my budget". Your new story is that you are currently enjoying inexpensive wines while you are in a transition budget! When you set down roots and begin to flourish, you'll be able to enjoy all sorts of wines, whatever you choose!
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#356507 - 02/14/10 01:44 PM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: Lisa Shea]
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Jilly,
We were in the same boat, wanted to try various wines, in the end we joined a wine club, took a lot of time finding one which really suited us, now belong to two, one caters for local wines in the shops, so we now know what is around, price range etc & more important if we like or not before buying.

The meets once a month we have a guest speaker who normal brings wines to try from areas one does not normally buy from, what is good about this, you learn so much plus get the chance to sample those more expensive wines.

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Hope you do not take offence, the Guinness thing, is not from U.K, comes from Republic of Ireland, as it will be soon St Patricks day, would hate to see you upset our Irish Friends by saying this is fine drop of Guinness from the U.K.

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#356512 - 02/15/10 02:57 AM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: Neil G.B.]
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Wine clubs are great ideas! Another great idea is to sign up for EVERY wine shop's newsletter within a 30 mile radius. Most of them do free wine tastings every month or two. Attend them all. It's amazing how many free great wines you can taste!

Also, encourage friends to try wines when you visit each other. So that way one person buys a bottle but lots of people can get a taste of it.
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#356518 - 02/15/10 02:30 PM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: Lisa Shea]
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Lisa,
Just got home from our Morning Tasting Club, tried five wines, can advise later what we had if rest of the boys & girls on fourm interested in what around U.K. Shops at moment.

Neil.

P.S. What are Spiders, noticed this on who on line ?

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#356522 - 02/16/10 08:34 PM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: Neil G.B.]
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Yes, tell us what you had.

Spiders are automatic programs that search the web.

webs have spiders

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#356529 - 02/17/10 03:21 AM Re: Less Expensive wine [Re: Peter May]
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Yes definitely, I'd love to hear what you tasted and how you liked them!

For spiders, here's the wikipedia page on them!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_crawler

It's how sites like Google index pages.
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