Written by John Kerr of Metro Wines
Asheville has its own secret stash of outstanding wines—here are the ten favorites for around $20.
Not so today. The good news is that everyone can afford a decent bottle of wine and a few more dollars will fetch you something remarkable. There has never been a time when so much good wine was available in the world. Modern wine making techniques have raised all boats.
You can get an okay wine for about $10 or less. But if you’re willing to spend a bit more, you will be well rewarded. For every dollar more there is a noticeable increase in quality until you get into the $20 to $25 range. Yes, bottles that cost more can taste better. But it’s a little like car racing. You spend 80 percent more to go five percent faster. And above $25 much of what you’re paying for is the prestige or popularity of the grape, region, or winery.
The sweet spot for value is that $15 to $25 range. The best wines that fall into this price range are generally small wineries where wine making is as much art as it is a business. Their care in overseeing the harvest from a few acres is what you taste in the bottle.
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