With winter here, a glass of wine is sure to soothe the soul and bring a smile to our face. At this time of year it is always nice to get more bang for your buck – and sip on something delicious while you’re at it. Wine is a category where price does not determine quality, and in fact, is perhaps the greatest wine myth.
Here are some great value tips to help you find the best bottles at a great price with the least amount of heartache. If you’re dining out, be sure to ask for a unique varietal.
Tip #1 – Look for Unique Regions
When you’re perusing the wine store, look for lesser-known regions like South Africa, France’s South of France regions like Cahors and Languedoc, Austria (Grüner and Blaufrankisch), Germany or even Portugal and Spain to find great quality wines for lower than expected prices.
Tip #2 – Show Off With Bubbles
Most of the Sparkling wine produced in Ontario is made just like Champagne, but for a quarter of the price. The bottles taste superb, are a great way to support our local economy and offer exceptional value. Sparkling wine isn’t just for a celebratory evening – it also pairs well with cheese, and is the perfect start when you’re at a restaurant for dinner, many restaurants establishments offer VQA Sparkling and it’s a great way to support our local wineries.
Tip #3 – Shop South America
Bottles from Chile and Argentina are definitely wallet-friendly and have great sipping quality. Try Carmenere, Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon that will taste great, and you’ll love!
Tip #4 – Viva Italiano
The Italians have always been about great value and great taste. Amarone might be expensive, but try a Primitivo (Zinfandel), Ripasso style wine, or Chianti for exceptional taste. Explore Pecorino, Orvietto and Aglianico for whites.
Tip #5 – Expand Your Wine Style
You can sip outside of your comfort zone and don’t have to spend more money! If you like Sauvignon Blanc, try Gruner Veltliner. If you appreciate Moscato, sip on Gewurztraminer. If you’re a fan of Pinot Noir, try Gamay. If you love Riesling, take a chance on Pinot Gris. If you love Cabernet Sauvignon try Cabernet Franc. All of these wines are similar in style, and won’t break the bank.
Tip #6 – Get Adventurous
Get grape curious in your wine exploration and you just might find new wines for lower prices that are hidden gems. Whether it’s sparkling made in Hungary, or red Tannat from Uruguay, Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Vermentino or Verdejo from Rueda, explore the world of wine and have a wine adventure from the comfort of your own home!