I’ve been enjoying wine for several years now. I’ve learned a lot on my sipping journey, but also have encountered some really stuck up, bougie people in the wine world. It’s not their fault, really. They believe that when they ‘know everything’ about wine and drink really expensive bottles, it gives them the right to look down on others.
I wholeheartedly disagree that if you drink ..affordable wines that you are less educated and adept in the wine world than others.
Now, I will say this-
At some point, you’ll need to expand beyond the $5 box wines if you want to show your palette something new.
Your taste buds will only know what you’ve shown them. You can only learn by experiencing new things and training your senses. In general, you should always strive to try new varietals and sip outside of the box.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with having some bottles of 2 buck chuck in your stash away rack for those days where you just want to pour up. It’s all preference!
Some people prefer the bottom shelf bottles over the painfully high price tags of other bottles. It doesn’t make one better than the other. This is a cool thing I’ve learned while being a Wine Guide for Traveling Vineyard.
I’ve been able to sip on $16 bottles that tasted like they could be sold for $200, not kidding.
And at the end of the day, those are the things that my customers love, too. Being able to drink affordable wine while still getting great quality is the best of both worlds.
So I have my cheap boxes in the fridge for those “ugh, I’m over it” days or for casual sipping once I’ve already had some glasses of the more expensive stuff.
Don’t let anyone keep you from doing what works for you! Just keep exploring, writing your notes and thoughts, and live your best wine life.