Thursday, March 6, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Bargain Wines
We've all been there - stressing out over finding the right bottle of wine. But if you don't know vintage from variety - don't agonize. Ordering can be complicated and costly. We'll help you find a selection that can complement both your meal and your budget.
"When you look at the wine label you want know the name of the wine, the grape's variety and you want to know where it comes from."
And where it comes from can mean huge savings.
"There's alot of great values in wines from around the world for instance Chile and Argentina are producing faboulous wines that rival California and France."
"One of the hottest catagories right now is Australia, where your getting a great bottle of wine for $5:99, $6:99 a bottle."
But as we all know, timing is everything.
Always pay attention to what year the wine was produced.
"It really depends on the harvest which depends greatly on the weather. If there's a lot of rain, and the grapes start to rot, that produces a bad vintage. But it really depends on the weather."
"When we're talking about white wines, what's out there?"
"White wines you can find under ten dollars would be .. Chardonay, Pinot Grigio,Sauvignon Blanc."
"Whatred wines are out there?"
"There's all great red wines, there's Shiraz, Cabernet, there's Merlot."
Rich in taste but modest in price.
Experts reccomend buying a red wine for highly seasoned foods like beef, pork, and pasta dishes.
While the white wine works best with chicken, turkey, and fish.
And if you can't make up your mind...
"Most resturants feature very good wines by the glass."
"All the wines they serve by the glass are usually anywhere form 6-15 dollars a glass."
Remember if you're serving wine, white should be slightly chilled. Red should be kept somewhere around 65 degrees.
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