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Many magazines, retailers and websites offer “15/50/150 under $15″, “our best values of the year (under $15)” etc.

Why not under $10? Here is why:

Cost of bottle- $1

Cost of label-25¢

Cost of cork-25¢

Cost of cardboard case that wines are shipped in- 25¢

Cost of capsule (foil at top of bottle, if used)-5¢

Roughly $1.8o, without any wine in the bottle!

If you add in cost of transport and taxes, labor costs, markup and margin for the 3 tier system- an empty bottle of wine costs approximately $7.99.

$8- without grapes, machinery, storage, land, barrels, tanks…

So, if you can find a great wine for under $10- you have truly found a bargain.

The bargain list gets much larger (and more interesting) when you increase the budget to $15 so here are some of those recent lists…

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Learning the Rhône

by toleranttaster

Rhone_lineupAttended an excellent wine seminar “There’s No Place like Rhône,” hosted by Vine & Co. This attractive wine store is filled with unique wines, and a knowledgeable, attentive staff, who are clearly passionate about wine!

Thoughtfully presented by Ian Scudder of Serge Doré Selections, this was a thorough introduction to the wines of the Rhône Valley in just seven wines.

SergeDore_color First a note about Serge Doré wines…

I purchase a number of wines, many are pleasant but unremarkable, and some are, well, lets just describe them as authentic. When I drink a wine that makes me think…I want to know more about it. Often turning the bottle to the back label turns up this familiar illustration. All of Serge Doré wines show a true sense of place and are definitely authentic.

I urge you to turn bottles around to the “second label” and get familiar with excellent importers who select wines that you enjoy. Smart wine consumers know that this is an alternative to wine critic selections and reviews.

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WineTentWhen you are provided 300 bottles of wine to taste what should you do?

I heard one older gentleman say, “I am going to find all of the wines over $100 and drink them all.”

 2 strategies I suggest:

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THE BEST recent wine vintages

I recently joined the American Wine Society and received this interesting reference (a vintage chart). There are numerous publications that provide vintage charts (with ratings, of course) but this one is different in that it ranks vintages against each other. Basically this means that each wine region can only have one (or two) top vintages. […]

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Wine bottles…Why bigger IS better!

 Recently I was fortunate enough to try wine from a pretty large bottle. The wine was a 6L (holds 8 bottles) 2005 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was bursting of red/black fruit, especially cassis, had an excellent mid-palate and a long ROUND finish. I couldn’t believe how soft this wine tasted. I then asked […]

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2013 Wine Spectator Top 100 under $20- the bargains.

This is the short list of wines, from the annual Wine Spectator Top 100 List, that are under $20. Last years list contained 27 wines under $20, this years, only 16. You know the drill… Ranking/wine/price. Red wines are colored red. If I have tried the wine, and would recommend purchasing, it is TOLERANT TASTER […]

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Thanksgiving wines! It’s that time of year, again…

Thanksgiving is one of the toughest meals to pair with a single wine. At a traditional meal you have savory elements (stuffing/gravy), and sweet elements (cranberry dressing), as well as a good amount of fat (flavor) but also delicate white meat. In addition, throw in some items that are hard to pair with anything (Brussels […]

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