Many of the wines come from France, where great bargains can be found.
I once read a news story about a study done about which wines people say they like.
In the study, researchers served two or three identically priced wines. They told people one bottle cost $10 or $15, another bottle cost $30 or $40 and the third bottle cost $80 or $100. I’m just guessing here. Don’t quote me on these numbers.
What matters is researchers found most people said they liked the more expensive wines better, even though all the wines cost the same price.
I don’t buy the study. I know I personally expect a lot more from a wine that costs $100 versus one that costs $10. That’s why I’m always thrilled when I come across a great-tasting wine that costs less than $10 a bottle. I don’t think that means I like cheap wine. I think that means I appreciate a great bargain.
And in recent years, it seems like there’s more great bargains than ever, especially from Europe. Don’t get me wrong. I love wine from the United States. But I often find it really hard to find great wines for under $10 a bottle from California, Oregon or Washington State. Raise the limit to $15 or $20, though, and you’ll discover many fantastic North American wines.
But when it comes to $10 or less, several European countries are king. In particular, I love many of the affordable, dry wines produced in Spain and especially in France [ . . . ] More at: Wine Press: Top 10 Wines Under $10 for 2017 | masslive.com