If you look around, you’d notice wine is getting better.
When I say better, I’m referring foremost to taste and in many cases value and price.
Overall, wine consumption is also growing. It is surpassing other alcoholic beverages in overall sales and becoming the beverage of choice enjoyed by many during meals with family and friends.
When I look around the supermarket there are plenty of available bottles below the $10 price range. These wines are being purchased in larger proportions all over the U.S. and elsewhere. More so than even five years ago.
Amazingly, these value wines are GOOD! New and different winemaking technology has allowed winemakers to craft large quantities of favorable tasting wine while keeping costs low. This wasn’t always possible.
However, it is important to say there are many wine connoisseurs who balk at these new-found technologies which do not follow traditional winemaking practices. Techniques such as aging wine in stainless steel and using oak chips to impart flavor instead of traditional barrel aging are often viewed as unacceptable. Many of these practices are even illegal in some European countries where strict winemaking laws must be followed.
The greatest benefactor of better wine at better prices is obviously us, the consumers. There are so many available wines at value prices, it’s hard to choose just one or even a few. This often leads to buying a lot of wine which then defeats the whole, “saving money by purchasing value wine argument”. But that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, I would like to share with you a great value wine with an incredible taste. I do believe this wine is unparalleled in comparison to many other wines in this price range. It is that good. This wine is extremely enjoyable and has garnered many great reviews and ratings from professional wine folk and amateur wine enthusiasts along the way.
2005 Razor’s Edge Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia $9
I think many would agree the Australians have been able to consistently produce exceptional wine at value prices. This is one of those great bargains.
When pouring this wine, its dark purple color is enough to make you take this wine seriously. However it’s the subtle blackberry aromas with hints of licorice that stimulate your senses when tasting. This medium-bodied wine is well balanced with forward spicy, dark fruit flavors. The finish is dry and brief.
Overall, this is not a big, overpowering wine but it is elegant and graceful in many ways.
This wine should be very easy to find. I hope you try it.
Did you have any value wine last night? Or did you have something expensive you want to show off? I’ll listen.
*As always, this wine has been added to the wine shopping list over to the left. Yes, right over there.