Value in Wine and Value Wines.


Value is a relative concept. If you have millions in the bank, $ 100.00 means little financially, whereas if you have only $ 100.00 to feed a family of four for one week at this time (2012) in Toronto, means a lot of financial burden.

Value in wine is no different. For some Moet et Chandon’s Dom Perignon vintage 2002 at $ 219.95 of Roederer’s Cristal Brut Champagne 2004 at $ 286.95 may represent a bargain, but Krug’s Clos d’Ambonay Grand Cuvee 1995, which costs over $ 4500.00 per bottle may be too expensive.

Value in wine does not mean inexpensive as the above example demonstrates.

A value wine should be widely available in a marketplace (state, province, city, country, region), consistent at some level, delicious, and reasonably priced.

All value wines (varietal or generic) should reflect a consistent style, pending on vintage, and should provide pleasure.

By my definition value wines are made to encourage the drinker after finishing the first glass to ask for a second. The first glass should invite the second.

Here is a list of value wines (LCBO 2012 prices)

White wines:

Pinot Grigio, 2010, Montevina, California $ 12.95
Riesling Off-Dry, 2011, Vineland Estates, Ontario
Chardonnay Reserve, 2011, Reif estates, Ontario $ 19.95
Koonunga Hill Chardonnay, 2010, Penfold, Australia $ 15.00
Macon-Lugny Saint Pierre, 2010, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy $ 13.95
Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Alpine Valley, New Zealand $ 13.95
Pinot Blanc, 2011, Dunavar, Hungary $ 8.00

Red wines:

Hecula Monastrel, Bodegas Castana, Yecla, Spain $ 13.95
Barrica Seleccionada Petit Verdot, 2009, Santa Carolina, Chile,$ 14.95
Cabernet Franc, 2009, Pelee Island Winery, Ontario, $ 10.45
Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, 2009, Spinelli, Italy $ 7.95
Heritage, 2009, Ogier, Cotes du Rhone, France $ 12.95
Alta Malbec, 2008, Fuzion, Argentina $ 8.95
Alta Malbec, 2008, Collia, Argentina $ 10.95
Alta Malbec, 2008, P.Toso, Argentina $ 12.95
Nero D’Avola, Cusumano, Sicily, Italy $ 10.00
Tempranillo Gran feudo, 2009, Chivite, Navarra, Spain $ 10.95
Cabernet Asauvignon, 2009, Casa Lapostolle, Chile $ 15.95
Thoams Hyland Shiraz, 2010, Penfold’s, Australia $ 19.95
Tempranillo, 2008, Vina Zec, Rioja, Spain $ 14.95
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2008, Villa Real, Abruzzo, Italy $ 17.95
Prestige, 2009, Domaine St. Andreol, Cotes du Rhone, France $ 17.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Geyser Peak, California $ 21.95

Fortified Wines

Nutty Solera Oloroso Sherry, Gonzales Byass, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain $ 12.95

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  1. red wins is the best thanks for the articles anyway 😀

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