Even though it can often seem a little ritzy, you can enjoy wine on any budget! Here are some budget friendly tips:
Many wine stores offer free (or very cheap) tastings! This is a great way to experience wine and discover what you enjoy for a low cost. Binny's Beverage Depot has different themed wine tastings throughout the week and Mainstreet Wine in LaGrange offers wine tastings every Saturday. Ask your local stores if they offer tastings.
Once you know what you like, ask the sales associates to help you find a wine for yourself. Tell them the flavors you enjoy, what you'll be pairing it with or what is the occasion. Most importantly, tell them your price range. They can help you find a wine for any budget.
WineStyles is an inexpensive wine store that is a great place for beginners to start. Wines are categorized into flavors so you can easily pick out wines that are bubbly, fruity, bold or silky. Most locations offer free tastings each week.
If you are going to be buying wine often, ask the store if they have a membership card. Stores like Mainstreet and Binny's offer 10% off any wine you purchase.
If you find something you like and will be liking it often, consider buying a case of it. Buying a case around the holidays is a time saver as well. You'll have a quick gift to give if needed as well as something on hand to bring to all the holiday parties you'll go to.
A few inexpensive wines that I enjoy are:
Smoking Loon Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.99 at Jewel)
Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.99 at Jewel)
Avalon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($11 at Binny's)
Everyone's tastes are different so you need to try the types that you enjoy, and have fun with it!