Finding an affordable and tasty bottle of wine in Australia isn’t always an easy task unless you know what to look for. Luckily, there’s an abundance of quality Australian wine.
Firstly, don’t succumb to temptation and grab the cheapest bottle of wine from the local bottle shop. These are often mass-produced wines, over-oaked, over-sugared and awful to taste. Many of those cheaper wines also have additives that might not be so good.
Rest assured that whether it’s a bottle of red, white or bubbly that you’re looking for, there are great bottles that exist at a good, affordable price. These wines are tasty and high quality. But how do you find them?
If you’re hunting for a cheap bottle of wine from a typically expensive wine brand, put the cheap bottle down and walk away. This is usually not going to be a good choice. Look for less expensive regions and you’ll more likely find a special bottle while hunting there. Opting for the less known regions is sometimes a good choice. Also by avoiding the big names you often get better value for money.
Furthermore, if you look in some older regions that have been farming wine for hundreds of years you might find a special bottle. It’s often those newer regions that have a winery on the premises that charge you a fortune for the wine, as their new vineyards and winery overheads are huge. And guess what? You’ll wear the cost of the bottle that you buy.
The language on a label isn’t always helpful. The marketing jargon on wine labels often overtakes the core of what you’re looking to read on a label. Don’t let this distract you. You need to look for the information that tells you what’s actually in the wine. It’s a bonus too if they give a little more detail about the vineyard and the winemaking process.
But the two key items to look for on a wine label include the place of wine production and the alcohol content.
Wine production often takes place in a different location to where they grow the grapes. Determine where the grapes were grown first. Then look at the location of the winery.
The Producer is who made the wine. It’s written in small text at the top or the bottom of the wine label.
The Region is where they choose the grapes from to produce the wine. A wine from a large region is a value wine whereas a wine from a specific vineyard is often indicative of a higher quality region. Sometimes choosing a wine from a specific source can increase the prices, but not always.
Also, you may notice that some wines are vintage. The year that harvest takes place is the wines vintage. So familiarizing yourself with the vintage of wines will tell you a lot about whether they might be good or not. Do a little research to learn what year of vintage is a good one.
Find a Wine Expert
If you don’t really know that much about wine, but you want a tasty wine that’s not a million dollars, look no further than your local wine guru. Finding a liquor store with one of these people will save you a lot of time and hopefully money. It’s also best if they like wine too so that you know that they’ve tasted what they’re recommending.
Happy hunting for your next bottle of tasty, and affordable wine!
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