Value for Money Wines
I am always on the look out for value for money wines, whether they be in a shop or in a restaurant. Value in a restaurant can be tricky because whilst a producer makes good value wine sold retail, they are subject to the vagaries of a wide range of mark-ups in restaurants, from the gentle to the excessive.
As a rough guide, here are the criteria you should be applying to ascertain that what you are buying is good value for money. I call it my Price/Quality Ratio.
Quality rating (see https://www.winebehindthelabel.org/general/ratings)
|★||A bottle should cost not more than £8 ($10)|
|★★||A bottle should cost not more than £12 ($15)|
|★★★||A bottle should cost not more than £18 ($23)|
|★★★★||A bottle should cost not more than £25 ($32)|
|★★★★★||A bottle should cost not more than £35 ($45)|
|✪✪✪✪✪||A bottle should cost not more than £60 ($77)|
So, as an example, a four star wine costing less than £25 ($32) is good value – and if it costs less than £18 ($23) it’s exceptionally good value!
Taking a real example (as of today)
Ataraxia Western Cape Chardonnay 2015 rated in Wine behind the label as ★★★★
Selling at under £25.00 (including all taxes) are:
Stone, Vine and Sun £23.50
Of course, there are other retailers selling for more than that – but not by much.
Prices are courtesy of Winesearcher