Some wines are simply more expensive than others. I’m not here to tell you that more expensive wines are better, because that is patently not the case, but at certain price points, both the average quality and style of wines do change. If you’re used to buying $20 wines, you should splurge and try something around the $35 mark once in a blue moon just to see what the additional money buys.
Conversely, if you’re routinely buying $50 bottles of wine, taking a flyer on the occasional $20 bottle should be part of your routine. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results. Less expensive wines are generally fruitier, less oaky and ready to drink on release. To my palate, they are also often easier to pair with food.
Please remember that these are not rules. I’m suggesting you try these wines so that you can make up your own mind about these things, but these are certainly my impressions.
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