Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In Praise of Wines We Can Afford to Drink Daily


Most wines that we often enjoyed not too long ago are no longer that affordable. Just check out the inflated prices of familiar brands of Napa Cabs and Pinot Noirs, Chateauneuf du Papes, Northern Rhones, Barolos, Bordeaux, and Burgundies. Yet,  instead of commiserating, it made me look further afield.

Today, I'm discovering  many wonderful wines that are not making me miss those wines I coveted. For example, prices of well-known Priorat brands have escalated way beyond what I'd feel comfortable of paying. But the Priorat from Bodegas La Cartuja is less than $20, not $75-$150. When I tasted the 2012 La Cartuja Priorat, I was impressed and satisfied.

Would buying another Priorat that's quadruple the price deliver a vastly superior experience? In decades of drinking wines I can say, I don't think so. This $18 Priorat hits the spot in every way.


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