This month, we’re going to spend much of our time on this blog covering wines under $10. First, let me say that in any other country this would be an easy thing to do. Wines under $10 would be in an abundance in any grocery or corner store. However, living in Ontario, Canada where wines sold here are heavily taxed by our government, it means that what may be $6.99 for you is probably $13.00 here and would fall out of our $10 blog focus. So, this will be an adventurous game as I travel from wine store to wine store in the city to find wines at a suitable price point to cover.
Aside from price and the difficulty I expect I will have securing enough wines to cover for this months Wines Under $10 blog theme, there is a fear of all of the mass-produced wines, their additives and excessive chemicals I will have to consume.
…but many of them[wine], are made with chemical additives (only one of over 500 approved additives is required to be included on the label: sulfates). These are wines that are like hot dogs: you really don’t want to see how they are made. ~ David Locicero
Now, I must say that not all mass-produced wines take things to the extreme I mentioned above, but many do and after drinking enough wine, you can definitely tell the difference.
I often call them “Frankenstein Wines”, as their components are adjusted and altered chemically and mechanically in a laboratory, before the final product is finished in a huge factory. If you think all wine is made “naturally”, think again folks. ~Josh @ Table Wine Asheville
With the above said, I do think low-priced wines made to consume for the average palate is important. This is often how people get introduced to drinking wine. There is a real need to keep wine approachable, but yet still scalable for the consumer in terms of learning, understanding and gaining an appreciation for the art of wine. I admit that my first independent introduction to wine was a mass-produced Malbec, but it peaked my interest so much so that I researched wine making, from its processes and wine makers, gaining an understanding that wine truly is an art form. So, if this girl could go from mass-produced to artistry in her wine glass, I have no problem introducing others to affordable and approachable wine, if it means they too will develop a view of wine as that impeccable art form as I know it to be.
As an aside, I did this theme on the blog last in September, 2012. It will be interesting to see if I can find as many wines as I did then. This will also be a neat experience in how much my palate has changed from then to now!