Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wine So Cheap, You Can Buy the Cheese to Go With It!

Sometimes even buying highly-discounted designer pieces can leave you with rather limited funds for those little extras like groceries and, more importantly, wine. Some may say that you need to make trade offs: you either shop or you drink. What's the fun in that? If you can't go out or have parties at your place, what are you going to do with all those lovely outfits you've purchased?! On the flip side, if you're socializing you have to have the appropriate ensembles; it's truly quite the quandary. While Happy Hour specials offer some relief, they're not always feasible for those of us that work late. We've all walked into the wine store and tried to find a cheap bottle of wine that doesn't come in a box and doesn't taste like a combination of vinegar and fingernail polish remover. A trusty beverage shop (especially one that runs regular sales!) with knowledgeable employees is a good place to start; however, those are not always easy to come across, and they also do not always have the really cheap stuff.

Thanks to the lovely folks at the New York they have come up with a list of 10 wines under $10 that are palatable. I would sift through the descriptions and write down the ones that appeal to you, so you can find them the next time you're out beverage shopping.

If you have REALLY gone overboard on the shopping, or you're going to need multiple bottles, $10 may still be too much to shell out. Those cunning folks over at Radar took wine tasting to a whole new low [price] by doing the best wines under $4!!! I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it is! I have been a long time fan of the "2 buck chuck," but I can't wait to sample some of the $1.99 varieties. When I think about how much wine I drink...if I started cutting back from $15.99 bottles to $1.99 ones...I wonder how long would it take me to save enough for that eggplant Balenciaga bag...

If you, like me, have not sampled the wines in the lists above I think it's an excellent excuse to host a wine and cheese party. With the money you save on wine, you can go buy yourself a new outfit; it's like they're giving you shopping money!

1 comment:

Robert Walton said...

Yeah, I'm a firm believer that youn can get decent wines for inexpensive prices. But I also think that in the long run it's more rewarding to spend a little more and really expand your horizons.

I may drink the same basic red over and over as a "house" (apartment) wine, but what I look forward to are the nights where I spend a little more.

But really, there's no reason you can't have a good wine on hand all the time for very little money.