Napa Valley Wineries: Indulging Your Taste for Good Wines

You love wines. You would love to have a great wine at dinner almost everyday but the prohibitive prices usually discourage you. It’s understandable, though. Most top-of-the-line wines are prohibitively priced. It’s hard to justify spending several hundred dollars on a bottle of wine that gets over so soon.

I used to go on wine-tasting tours just so I could enjoy great wines at no cost. In fact, I found that you can even pay a dollar or two to taste some of the more expensive California wines at Napa Valley wineries.

So how do you indulge in your taste for good varietals while ensuring that your wallet doesn’t lose too much weight? Does a wine have to be priced exorbitantly in order to be good? I pondered on this one for a time and explored the options that Napa Valley Wineries offer for the economically challenged wine lover.

Even though only 4% of all Californian wines come from Napa Valley, the world consumes more than 9 million cases of wine produced by the Napa Valley each year. There’s a reason for this. Many Napa wines are priced more than reasonably, in fact, sometimes at less than 25$ a bottle. A recent wine-tasting group compared four Napa wines, all costing under $25 and the winner of the challenge cost only $12.99, a 2007 Napa Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.

For 12.99 for a bottle, the 2007 Napa Creek Cabernet Sauvignon has much to offer even the most exacting wine taster. An exceptionally well balanced wine with mild tannins, this varietal is replete with the scents of red cherries, dill and chocolate syrup.

There are many other wines to be had for similar and not so much higher prices. Wines that can be proudly served at your table for the most discerning guests. For example, pair the 2006 William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, $23.99, with a rare steak and your dinner for two option take on a new tone. Or pair this wine with a pasta marinara, or lamb chops for a Sunday dinner. If you have impromptu guests over, lay a cheese and cracker platter and team it up with a couple of bottles of the 2006 William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. It definitely works out much cheaper than ordering pizzas for the lot, plus drinks.

If wines with strong tannins are not your taste, you can opt for a soft Merlot. Don’t just buy any old Merlot. Try the Beringer Napa Valley Merlot that costs $19 or less. A great wine at an even greater price, this Merlot is rich in flavor and complexity. In fact, the entire Beringer Founders Estate version is of the simple but drinkable denomination.

While shopping for great wines that are easy on the pocket, consider the following varietals:

  • Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2006 $18.99
  • Franciscan Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 $19.95
  • Robert Mondavi Zinfandel Private Selection 2004 $12.99
  • Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006 $17.99
  • Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2007 $14.99
  • Newton Claret 2007 $19.99

As you can see, if you really do your homework and invest in the most reputable Napa Valley wineries, you can indulge your tastes to your heart’s content while learning a great deal about the difference between a ‘cheap’ wine that’s actually great, and a really cheap wine that’s not.

Napa Valley Wineries

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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