A constitutional amendment mandating Prohibition (prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages) was enacted in 1919. In 1932 Franklin Roosevelt ran for president, promising to repeal Prohibition. It is estimated that during prohibition $861,000,000 in revenue was lost because of untaxed alcoholic beverages. And this was mostly in the 1920’s. 861 million dollars was a whole [...]
If you like Bordeaux but would rather pay the mortgage than buy a Premier Cru Bordeaux, there is hope. Wine value can be found in Bordeaux.
Wine value is a relative term. It all depends on how much money you have and how important wine is to you. In most wine publications, wine value is something that is good and is priced under $20 to $25. Personally, I happen to believe you can find value for less than that.
The derision that is heaped upon inexpensive New World chardonnay is remarkable. Lindeman’s is from Australia, but I’ll include it in the New World category because of the style of the wine more than anything else. It is said that inexpensive (or cheap) New World Chardonnay is flabby, without structure, and is over sugared. Some of it, or even a lot of it, certainly fits into that category. But every now and then there is a surprise.
In our constant quest for good wines cheap, the crack research staff (me) at Avoid Bad Wine found some gems. To be prcise, the gems showed up in my email inbox. A top-notch wine shop near my house (great job, Roger, Stephanie & Tish) had a tasting of 5 wines from Tilia in the Mendoza region of Argentina. According to the wholesaler’s rep, Tilia is a 2nd label from Catena, a high end producer of wines in Argentina.