I am excited to announce that I am embarking on a new adventure in wine drinking… and the name of the game is cheap cheap cheap!
I joined the ranks of the house poor a year and a half ago, with the most painful result of that being far less funds available for special, lovely bottles. So I’ve been drinking on the cheap for some time. Coincidentally, I began paying attention to the fact that when people know about my love/ obsession for wine, the most frequent question they ask me is whether there are any good cheap wines out there. And there are. I’ve had them. And forgotten them. But now, I thought, it’s high time I paid more attention, by documenting my findings and sharing the results. Thus, I solemnly commit to drinking…
$15 wines (and under) – 30 of them! – in 90 days!
This is no small pledge: I am serious in my duty to you, dear readers. It’s a dirty job, but one I am aptly suited for, given a happy convergence of more time than money right now, and a consistently unquenchable thirst. That said, I have given some thought to the parameters in which I’d like to embark on this journey. So first, a few quick rules…
Rule 1: I will endeavour to cover as many wines as possible closer to the $10 mark than the $15 mark. There are many more wines to choose from in the latter price range, but this undertaking is meant, at its heart, to be all about frugality.
Rule 2: I will endeavour to review as many cheap white wines as cheap red wines. We must have balance.
Rule 3: I will not review more than one offering from any one producer’s product line. So… only one Copper Moon, only one Sonora Desert Ranch, only one Barefoot, etc. I could spend half my allocation to a single brand in some cases!
Rule 4: To the same end, I will try to cover as many different varietals (grapes) as possible. Variety is the spice of life.
Rule 5: No Pinot Grigio. Just… no. There is a veritable wine lake of bad PG out there that is vast and deep. If I have to drink cheap wine, I am not going to be punitive about it. NO PG.
Finally, Rule 6: I have to have fun with this. And so, inspired by the November issue of House Beautiful, in which an accomplished parfumier looked at pictures of beautifully appointed rooms and then matched them with scents, and given my own resolution made years ago that when I release my novel I will do so with both a soundtrack and a wine list, I am going to match each wine I review with music. Vines magazine did this for a couple of years; I don’t know why they stopped, as it was the best column it had going for it. (Corrupted Ontario bias, anyone? But I digress.) So because I need more whimsy in my life, I will indulge in this bit of fun as well.
First review tomorrow… stay tuned!