6/12/2009

Can't Buy Me Love?

Posted by The Wine Whore |



Does it make sense to choose a bottle solely based upon cost?

One of the most common misconceptions is that cost equals quality. I have decided to put this theory to the test. For this week's poll, I am asking you to decide which pair to compare. Each pair includes a low cost budget �Wise Wine� selection and a more expensive version made from the same varietal. By comparing two different costing bottles of the same type of wine, I am hoping to see if price makes a difference in the taste and overall enjoyability of a wine.

Instead of providing vintage information or any other detailed wine info, I am only noting the pricing of the selections chosen. Acting as an uninformed consumer, choose which one is your favorite purely based on label and cost by voting for your choice in the poll located at the top of this page. The winning wine will be announced, tasted and featured in a review comparing your pick and whether the price makes a real difference in my tasting experience.


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Be sure to follow me on Twitter or Facebook Wednesday night @ 6:30m pm ET for my tweets as I open and taste the wine that you have picked. This is your chance to ask me questions or just get a sneak peak at my review. The more the merrier, so tell all of your wine loving friends to stop by, vote, and join the party. In the meantime, take a minute to mark your calendar with next week�s tasting (Wednesday @ 6:30pm ET) and then prepare yourself for the fun by checking out the previous winners.

Cheers!



Here are the choices...

Choice #1


    Hawkes Pyramid Vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 ($60)


    Versus...



    Sonoma Creek Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($16)





Choice #2


    Raymond Burr Sonoma California Chardonnay 2007 ($28)


    Versus...



    Smoking Loon California Chardonnay 2006 ($8)




Choice #3

    Truchard Vineyards Carneros Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 ($35)


    Versus...



    Sterling Vintner's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($12)




Choice #4


    Krutz Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2006 ($40)


    Versus...



    Jacob's Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2007 ($13)





Very special thank you to the folks from these wineries for their kindness, support, and willingness to share a glass of their wine for the rest of the world to enjoy.


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12 comments:

joeshico said...

Really like this $$$$ vs. $$ Challenge. I voted for mine, can't wait to see results!

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you Joe! This should be a fun experiment! I have seen that a lot of people either exclusively shop for expensive wines or only look for value wines. Hoping to break down some walls with this one! :)

Cheers!

1WineDude said...

To answer your question... No.

:)

Pimathman said...

I always enjoy serving wines I know will get $ rated much more than they cost.

The Wine Whore said...

Joe- You are probably right! Should still be fun to compare a $60 bottle of wine to a bottle that's only $10. Stay tuned...

Pimathman- I can't tell you how many times I opened an expensive bottle of wine with people who wouldn't know how much it cost and had them say that they really didn't enjoy it. Then I could turn around and open a $10 bottle and they love it! :)

Cheers!

Kort said...

As a fan of wine yet someone who can't easily spend over $20 for a bottle, I look forward to seeing how this turns out. It would be great if you could try ALL of them and give us the feedback, but my vote is in for the Hawkes vs the Sonoma.

The Wine Whore said...

That's a great idea! Maybe I'll do a follow-up taste test challenge with all of the other wines. That would make for an interesting comparison!

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I very much enjoyed these posts. I recently tried an inexpensive wine simply because I like the name on the bottle and the stroy of its making."Fat Bastard" I must admit it was very nice and smooth. If no one has tried it give it a taste.
ANIA :)

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you hanging out with me! It means a lot to hear that people are enjoying the site :)

In my opinion the ideal wine is one that tastes great (to me), costs little, is very enjoyable, and easily found. I would love to be able to pick up my favorite bottle for a couple of bucks from a gas station on the way home from a long day. Wouldn't that be awesome! Oh yeah, it would also need to have a cool label.

Cheers!

madly59 said...

TO me it is all about the taste, not the price!

Les Williams said...

I sure hope you plan on decanting those young cabs!

The Wine Whore said...

Taste is always very important but cost has to be fair!

Les, I let it get plenty of air before making a judgment ... I also made sure to taste it while it was tight just to see how it would be.

Cheers!

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