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The Dilemna Of The $6 Wine



If you’re like me, you’re not a serious wine connoisseur. But you drink wine and like it.. Or at least pretend to so you look sophisticated.

A couple of years ago when I started to get in shape, I started seeing so many articles touting the positive effects of Red Wine. (It contains antioxidants, lowers your blood pressure, relaxes you, etc.) So being the health conscious guy that I am, I figured hey, if I can have a drink and not feel guilty about it.. SCORE!

So recently, I’ve been in my local Wegman’s. I hope you have one near you, as they’ve got so much awesome stuff – Good prepared meals, reasonably priced regular groceries and they sell alcohol (which is pretty new to New Jersey!)

One of the cool things they do is they have wine tastings all the time. Show them your ID, and they’ll let you sample the 3-4 wines they are featuring that day. Generally, they have cheese there too, which is a bonus and a draw for me to be able to get my kids over there while I booze it up! (Father of the year, plug #1!)

Every time I try a wine, I tell them not to let know me the price until after I’ve tasted it. I want to make sure I like it for the flavor, and not because I know the perceived quality of the beverage. Generally, the price ranges from $6 up to $30. What I find hysterical is I always seem to like the $6 wine the best!

The Dilemma – I’m going to a friend’s house, and I’m bringing a bottle of wine. I know they drink wine, and I assume EVERYONE knows more about wine than me.

Can I bring a $6 bottle? Will they all know? Will they mock me when I leave? (Which may happen whether I bring wine or not!) Or do people really go by taste?

Please leave your comments, and help weigh in on this important topic!



  1. CJ

    August 31, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    French Bread

    • Trent

      August 31, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Nice, doing it Larry David style! 🙂

      • Rich Lavene

        August 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        What des that mean?

        • CJ

          September 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

          A few weeks ago on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David decided to buck tradition and bring French Bread to a party instead of wine, and hilarity ensued. 🙂

  2. Jeff

    August 31, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    It’s not the cost of the bottle of wine, it’s the thought. It can also be a perception issue. Why not get an empty bottle of expensive wine and fill it up with the $6 variety? It’s all in the label!

  3. Rich Lavene

    September 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

    ahhh..I see.

  4. Bob

    September 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm


    You and other guys like you need to checkout MWE – Millennial Wine Enthusiasts. It’s a community of your professionals looking to expand their knowledge of wine and of course have while doing so.


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