There are many good ‘cheap’ wines in the Market these days and not just from Napa Valley or across the Big Pond. Washington State, South America, NZ and Aussie wines are all appealing to these tough economic times with whites, reds, rose and sparkling varieties … and at a good price.
Here’s a great idea from “this guy I know” to educate yourself and your friends. Have a wine tasting happy hour. Invite a group of 6-8 friends, preselect the wine to compare… you could try a domestic or imported Riesling; I hear the Pacific Rim has some really great Riesling blends [domestic and imported grapes]. Everyone bring a different bottle or vineyard say for $10. But make sure there aren’t any doubles; as the host you can track this by asking your guests.
It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. Set up some bottled water, small clear plastic cups, Block of cheese, maybe some crackers. Open each bottle and pour 2 ozs per guest for each wine… do two runs, only taking 1 oz each time. After you try all the wines, talk about them, the taste, mouthfeel, aroma… take notes or not. But in the end you only spent 10 bucks trying 8 different wines. Then pick a new host and different wine for the next time. Hopefully you will come away with new wines and good times with good friends.
Then head out to dinner… because the people who work in restaurants also need to make some cash during this economic ‘down turn’.
To stimulate a little dialogue… tell me about your favorite wine for $10 or even $15.
Lets get educated about wine!