14 Must-Know Ways to Drink Great Wine on a Budget

on 18/02/11 at 11:55 am

Wine

Finding a good wine buy is relatively easy if you know where to look. Here are my top fourteen inside scoops to drink well on a budget. By the end of this post, you’ll be a savvy wine shopper well on your way to finding the latest wine bargain.

1. Bottom shelves: If you are heading to a store, my first rule of thumb is to stay away from the retailer’s bottom shelf. As tempting as the prices may be, most wines found here are not what I consider good values. There are exceptions to the rule (meaning some producers don’t deserve bottom shelf placement but for whatever reason, you’ll find them there), but you’re better off looking for wines which are placed above the knee.

2. End of bin specials: When I worked retail, this is where I placed discount stragglers to make room for new products. But be careful—not all wines placed in the bin are good deals. Some stores use them to dump wines that are past their prime. Do your research before buying.

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