Within the past few months, I have started to subscribe to the concept of everyday wines. When I drink wine during the week, I drink inexpensive bottles that are still satisfying. I like to stick to types of wines that I know are some of my favorites and are in the $5- $15 price range. As I am tasting more and more wines, I am finding a lot of great options that fit this category. I used to have two standbys, but now my list of everyday wines has grown exponentially, as can be referenced by all of the wine reviews/tastings I have posted about recently. I have even heard about some people who take this concept to the next level by having lunch wine and dinner wine.
On weekends I like to try new wines that are unfamiliar to me and go above my everyday wine price range. For a weekend wine, I will spend around $15- $30. These are the wines that are fun for me to look for at the store! I can easily spend an hour at my local liquor store combing through the aisles for something intriguing that I have never heard of or looking for something specific that I have read about in a book, magazine or online.
Then there are special occasions! Every so often I will splurge on a nice bottle of wine and I am willing to spend up to $50 or $60. I would like for this to become a monthly habit at some point in the future, but at this point I just can not justify it financially. I’m sure if I cut out other expenditures that are frivolous I could make it happen, but that requires some organization and effort to figure out where to pinch the pennies. And that’s not fun for me.
A fellow blogger, whom I enjoy reading, recently wrote a post about what his solid threshold is on purchasing a bottle of wine. The Drunken Cyclist started a great conversation about whether or not a $150 bottle of wine is three times better than a $50 bottle of wine. I commented that my palate is certainly not as refined as many others making comments, but recently at a blind tasting where I did not know the prices of each wine, I couldn’t necessarily differentiate between the expensive and inexpensive wines. Check out the great conversation here: How Much?
Do you tend to follow an everyday wines philosophy? What price ranges do you stick with?