Simple wines—those that seldom trigger scrutiny—typically are priced at single digit levels and are, more often than not, situated on the bottom shelf of your local supermarket. Complex, high-quality wines—reflecting the cost of select vineyard locations, costly procedures and expensive new oak barrels—are priced in the three digit level or higher and more often than can only be found in high quality wine retailers or at the producer level on their very limited, very exclusive waiting list. In between those two options lie the bulk of very drinkable, well priced wines that are conveniently available at numerous outlets.
In closing—though the above “flash card” summary is, at best, suggestive—it is obvious that wine is a beverage (and something more) that, quite frankly, has something for everyone’s palate as well as everyone’s pocketbook—for every occasion throughout the year. As we lurch forward into another New Year, now may be the perfect time to thumb through one or more of your dusty, under-accessed wine books and home in on something new and different for 2013.