knapplc wrote:It's a common myth that you have to spend a lot of money to get good wine, but it really is a myth. Wine is very affordable these days. You can get decent wine for $10 - $20. I've spent as much as $80 on a bottle of wine before, but for regular drinking wine I don't spend more than $15, ever. I tend to trust wine makers more than anything else.
This is 100% accurate. Wine is a very personal taste. Someone can tell you that Wine X is the greatest wine ever made but to you, it could taste like an ashtray on the floor of the bus. To a completely unseasoned palette, that $10-$20 range is perfect. Sure, the $100 wines might be made a little more properly, but the difference in quality will be fairly unnoticeable to someone who doesn't taste wine for a living. I drink plenty of wines in the $10-$12 range, and my "expensive" favorites are usually around $25-$28 or so.
Honestly, though, price is a terrible way to judge wine. If you're not even remotely familiar with wine, I recommend going to a winery that does a tasting tour. The good places will tell you about the differences in their wines: Why Merlots are dry... That a Riesling is sweet... That sort of stuff. Taste some of each. Figure out what type
of wine you like. I bet you eliminate 60% of the choices right then and there. Personally, I prefer all the sweet whites, but I also like the dinner whites, like the Pinots. I don't like the dry reds whatsoever.
Once you get an idea of the type of wine you like, you can start working on finding the maker who crafts a bottle that suits your tastes.
Oh, one other thing: If your wine tastes like hard liquor with fruit flavoring, it's not wine. It's probably liquor with fruit flavoring mixed in.
Avoid those like the plague.