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Wine Tip Tuesdays: A cheap wine by any other name…

Written by Donna Marie Desfor, Culinary Consultant and Chef | Nov 7, 2011 4:06 PM

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I’ve been fielding a lot of calls about doing this year’s extravaganza on a budget.  Really?  The ONE holiday defined by a MEAL and we want to skimp?  I understand this year that it may be a necessity, but the Thanksgiving meal really isn’t too terribly expensive.  Until we factor in the cost of wine with dinner.  Worry no more!  A recent article on Slate.com, Drink Cheap Wine, by Brian Palmer, dispels the myth that it has to be expensive to be good (and that’s just “good” folks, we’re not even talking “great”!).  Palmer points to several studies that validate our choice in the cheap, and then, as if we need one more reason to feel better about slashing our wine budget Palmer adds, “Professional wine critics are quick to point out that they, unlike you and I, can distinguish between high- and low-cost bottles in blinded experiments. Here’s the question they can’t answer for you: So what? The only thing these “successes” prove is that a small group of people have gotten very good at sniffing out the traits that the wine industry thinks entitle them to more money.”

In the end, Palmer’s article suggests that if you like a wine then it’s “good.”  Something we’ve certainly heard before.  So, the only question I have is why, for the love of all things palatable, can someone point me in the direction of those $2 and $3 dollar gems? 

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