With the perpetuating growth of locally produced wines in cahoots with the slowly recovering economy, the question must be asked: Does wine price really matter?
Huffington Post recently took a look at this subject with a not totally scientific yet still telling experiment. The verdict? Not a whole lot of people can tell the difference between pricey and affordable selections.
Not all that surprising, considering that the general consensus is that wine is good because it’s smoother than liquor, less bloating than beer, it goes great with food, and every kind is available at almost any price.
Almost any wino will tell you that a good bottle of wine should never cost more than $10, and at the store, labels and prices have more of an effect on the choices we make than the region or brand from which it hails.
Another trend that’s losing its bad reputation is buying boxed wine. Said activity used to be reserved for broke college students looking to catch a buzz on a budget. But now, there are some rather impressive brands offering boxed alternatives, providing a much more affordable price and a recyclable replacement.
An additional perk to saving money on wine is that there will be more money leftover in your budget for the delicious meal for which this beverage is meant to accompany; after all, it’s not often that the wine is remembered, but the meal almost always is.
Around Detroit there are shops and cafes popping up all over the city, offering interesting, reasonably priced selections that are locally produced.
Motor City Wine, at 608 Woodward (above Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub) has several selections of reds, whites, sparklings and sweets from all over the world, none of which are more than $9 a glass or $30 a bottle, served alongside a deliciously decadent and fancy array of delicacies. The wine shop within it has an incredible assortment of bottles with only a $5 corkage fee.
The bottom line on wine is that cost is not necessarily correlated to flavor. Find the type you like and don’t overpay. Wine companies are a dime a dozen, so the free market has forced competitive prices onto the shelves – a real perk for the wine lovers of the world.
After all, smart people drink more alcohol, so they should know better than to pay too much for it.