Written by John Kerr of Metro Wines
A guide to the absolute best wine values in Asheville.
We live in a golden age. Never before in history have we had access to so much good wine. Recent advances, combined with ancient techniques honed over millennia, permit just about any vintner who truly cares to produce a solid bottle. But there is a paradox in this bounty.
Despite the recent flood in quality, disparity in the price of wine has never been greater. If you’re wondering how this can be, remember Mark Twain’s adage about buying land—they’re not making it any more.
With the number of the world’s affluent growing, competition for the goods they prize heats up. A single bottle of wine from the most famous vineyards in Burgundy and Napa now sells for thousands. Even half-billionaire Johnny Depp couldn’t keep up with his wine bill, at $30,000 a month.
Despair not. Your wine shop is filled with plenty of great wines that won’t break the bank. Even the most famous wine regions have a value or two. But the absolute best values often remain hidden within the flood of wine. Much like the last scene in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, you’re going to need a little help to rout them out.
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