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Smart price or Extra Special?

Happy one month blogging anniversary to me!

I can’t believe it has gone so fast, it feels like I have been doing this forever. Thank you to all the lovely people who have welcomed me to the blogging community & those following the blog too!

For now, today’s letter is: Q

q for quality

For Quality. It’s time to get to the bottom of this controversial topic.

The issue of quality can be quite a muddy area for many as the quality of a wine can easily be confused with whether you like a wine. A great objective way of being able to assess the quality of a wine is B.L.I.C.E. It stands for the following:

Balance

Length

Intensity

Complexity

Expressiveness

If a wine has all of the above in spades, then it must be classed as a really high quality wine.

Here’s another thing: quality and price directly correlate, so the more you pay for your wine generally the better quality it is. That doesn’t necessarily mean that if you head out today and buy some really expensive wine then you’ll like it though. It’s like designer clothing – it might cost a fortune, but not every item is going to appeal to every person.

You also need take into account what marketing and exclusivity can do to the price of a product. Champange is a great wine, but not always worth the astronomical prices you pay for it, the same goes for classed growths, or the fine Burgundy’s of the world.

So whilst it’s great to be able objectively judge a wine’s quality, really the most important thing is that when you drink it you enjoy it.

14 thoughts on “Smart price or Extra Special?

  1. I guess marketing has a lot of to answer for regarding wine pricing! If something is wastly reduced in wine isle in supermarket it makes me suspicious that wine itself was maybe overpriced. But on the other had it may an opportunity to get something with better quality for less money.

  2. BTW, happy anniversary to your first month of blogging. Keep it up! Very interesting, educational and fun reading :)

  3. Excellent post! Personally I have found that I enjoy some Prosecco’s more than Champagne. I had the chance to try some Dom Perrigon last weekend (Luckily I wasnt the one paying). I didnt enjoy it as much as some Prosecco’s I’ve had. And I presume because there is less hype made about Prosecco, thats the reason for it being alot cheaper?

    • Hi Paul,

      Glad you liked the post :)

      I can absolutely see why you might prefer Prosecco – a lot of people do! It’s a very approachable wine.

      Prosecco is often sold as a cheaper alternative to Champagne, when really the two wines are made in two completely different styles. The only thing they really have in common is bubbles!

      Prosecco is made in a big tank and designed to be fresh and fruity, while Champagne is made by a second fermentation in the bottle and has lots of complex flavours which take time to develop. The method behind making Champagne is also one of the reasons behind the expense.

      • Ahh. I knew how they made Champagne but presumed Prosecco was made the same way but just in a different country lol. Thanks for clearing that up 😀

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