How Much Should You Really Spend on a Bottle of Wine?

It is the question on the minds of wine lovers and wannabe aficionados alike – just how much should you be spending on a bottle of wine to get the best value?

We have all had our moments where we’ve poured our money into an expensive item, only for it to leave a less than satisfying taste in our mouth when the quality didn’t live up to the price tag. On the contrary, we have had all decided to take the cheaper option and really noticed it when comparing it to more expensive versions of the same thing.

This dilemma is definitely present in the wine industry, where the consensus on what constitutes a good bottle of wine is shrouded in murkiness. Some believe that the more you spend on wine, the better the bottle will be; others are firm on their thoughts that the best wine can be found at a cheap price point. While expensive wines may sometimes be worth it, the costly option is not always the way to go. It’s the same situation with cheaper wines – you really do get what you pay for.  

How do you know if you are getting bang for your buck (and bottle)? Wine experts say the golden bracket for wine is between $15 and $25. This $10 difference provides you with wine that’s been made with purpose without a hefty price tag – overall, it presents you with the best value wine you can buy. That means forking out an extra couple of dollars for those who tend to inhabit the $10 or under range, and significant savings for wine lovers who gravitate towards bottles costing upwards of $50.

Cheaper wine tends to amount to less alcohol per dollar, providing poorer value than a slightly more expensive option. With expensive wines, there comes a point where you are paying for market buzz – people think that the higher price means higher quality when it doesn’t necessarily pan out that way.

While the golden bracket offers best value, there is nothing wrong with purchasing wine at a cheaper or higher cost if you genuinely enjoy it. Cheaper priced wines can offer some great wine at a steal, while more expensive wines that come in limited supply offer luxury that is hard to match. All that matters at the end of the day is that you enjoy and appreciate the wine you are drinking, whatever it may lover

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