5 Wines Under $20 for Party Time, excellent!

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Is Your Host a Coworker?

This can be a touchy subject. If he or she is a subordinate, you don’t want to come off like a total tool. In this case, remaining modest yet generous is key.
On the other hand, if your host is one of your superiors, you need to be a kiss ass without coming off as a kiss ass. Again, maintaining a certain sense of modesty is essential here. So, what should you do?
Obscurity, go for obscurity. Of course, obscurity poses its own problems, like finding the wine in the first place, so you can only go so obscure. Where does great wine come from where no one seems to buy?
I’m going to vote for South Africa. While in South Africa, I’m going to look for really nice packaging and a big bottle. Not that I’m shallow, just shrewd. DeMorgenzon’s DMZ line rings all those bells and you can find some of the wines stateside. Take your pick from Shiraz for the red and fruity with classic, mineral and spice accents or Chardonnay for a classic example of cool climate, New World Chardonnay. These are steals at these prices and are worth stocking up for gifting all year round.

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  • Snooth User: courgette
    124481 158

    Now I DEMAND to know more about quince-flavored orange wine from Papua New Guinea! Other than that, great (and hilarious) post, GDP.

    Nov 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

  • Snooth User: JSIGLOBAL
    1161320 33

    Enjoyed the selection some new ones, I agree Carmenere is one of the Best Flavorful Easy Reds in the world, not all are good though. Even someone who is not a fan of Red Wines will enjoy. They are light and refreshing.
    I am a fan of the Stellenbosch Region in South Africa for their reds. With the hint of eucalyptus because the vines are near forest of these trees.
    This is more upscale and totally different. But a great gift for Dinner table conversation.

    Nov 28, 2012 at 12:34 AM

  • Why are you suggesting $20 wines from USA to someone who lives in Australia - can't you suggest Australian wines? (and since I already told you which wines I enjoy, why suggest those I don't)? I have just joined so maybe I have not configured correctly. Advice please.

    Nov 28, 2012 at 4:15 AM

  • Snooth User: Ivesreeves
    1163949 182

    Thank you for the amusing and breezy guide to inexpensive wines for the festive among us! It provided this reader with both good advice and fodder for a chuckle or two. Your Brophy Clark recommendation paid dividends for me at a recent writers collaborative workshop here in San Francisco. A number of us sipped the BC Pinot. Some tasted cherry, others remarked about the wine's distinct licorice characteristics. Those of us with more refined palates quietly enjoyed both.

    Dec 01, 2012 at 1:57 AM

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