I was wondering how much people spend on wine.
I know that the prices vary widely, and I am just starting to get into it, but it seems insane to me (not to mention impossible) to spend $50 for wine if you have a bottle on a regular basis.
So what I really want to know, is what your average wine lover spends for say mid week no special occasion bottles?
Depends on the situation you are in financially of course but sounds like you work for a living like the rest of us so...
Dependent on the taste you are looking for you can spend 7-9 dollars and get something decent enough. We had gone on a Red Zinfandel quest and found something we LOVED for 6.99 a bottle (750 ml) called Coyote Creek, it was fantastic stuff. There are a lot of very good inexpensive Boujolets out there. Of course if you want to start out mellow you can buy even cheaper, Sutter Home (creators of the most popular wine on the planet which unfortunately is White Zinfandel) makes a good Merlot in a magnum for about 9 bucks, their Chardonnay is tolerable. Gallo believe it or not has a fairly good Sauvingon Blanc although it's not too special, better is something like Althoona but I am sure I am spelling that wrong, fantastic tho. Now days we don't drink much of your fancy pants store boughten wine (yes I am joking I am not a hick) mostly because we joined up with a bunch of other people and have a very small winery in which we make wine which rivals anything you can buy for 30-60 dollars a bottle easy and we make it for about 3 including the bottle, corks, shrink tops, everything. Since our club started we purchased an electric crusher destemmer and one of our members runs a brewshop so has us in good supply of pumps etc since we are making it in large quantities IE our last bottling about a month ago we ended with approx 1380 bottles total of a mix of Cab, Brunello, Nebiolo, Barbara, and a mix of them all which we shall just call House. Besides that I do make wine at home as well from grapes and from fruit. Much cheaper.
My So and I drink about 500 ml a night. That is two 8 oz glasses. A good white wine runs about 9.00 a bottle. A great blackberry wine runs about 20 dollars a bottle. Blackberries are a weed here in Oregon, so I decided to make my own. Use a Montrachet yeast (8-10% alcohol) and honey as the sweetener, and yum. We live in wine country due to the volcanic soil, so I go around to the local dinner houses and recycle spots and get the bottles for free- all you have to do is scrape the labels after a 24 hour soak, and you save yourself alot of trouble.and money.
Lately, we have had a fondness for the Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot (6% alcohol)at 8.00 bottle- it sparkles and has enough potassium sorbate added to make you wish you hadn't drank that much.
My experience is that stay away from box wine-Buy the 1 gallon bottles and sweeten to your taste- then save the bottles as carboys! Carlo Rossi makes a great Sangria and Pasaino...about 10 dollars a gallon.
I would have guess blackberry merlot to be blackberry wine and merlot wine mixed together is it not ? Sounds like it may be merlot watered down with blackberry juice?
My suggestion is get together with some people in your area, purchase wine grapes together and make your own wine. If you do it right you can make some good stuff for about 3 bucks a bottle including the bottle. I do it every year with a dozen or so people, we threw in a bit more money this year for a share ($370 US) which is ten cases (120 bottles) because we bought some very nice Petite Syrah grapes and Zinfandel along with the Barbara and Cabernet we make every year. We just did the press last Sunday, crushed the week before. Will bottle between april and early june and it will be good in a year or so, the barbara will be drinkable right away. You should look around or form your own group.
Oh and when aged a year or more it's easily as good as a 25 - 50 dollar bottle of wine. Usually anyway. Last years Brunello was kinda boring.
me i used to spend about £4 abottle of nice stuff .when on offer at tesco uk but then again they always have offers on. but now started brewing my self hope fully it will be around £1.00 and i know i made it and know whats in it regards
Dont know that symbol assume its a pound. Even with economics the way they are a pound and a dollor cant be that that much different. My worst is still better than $4:00 bottle.
lol bob1 your saying that if you did a batch of 30 bottles it would cost you $4 a bottle
Wildbrewer I make large batches of wine with a group, we do about 4000 pounds of grapes (weight american I think Brit is different or imperial or whatever you guys call it). Usually we end up with 5 60 gallon barrels, 4 of specific wine and 1 with the leftovers of everything in it, we get about 120 bottles apiece and paying for everything including bottles corks shrinks etc it's comes in at about 3 dollars US per bottle, and its very good wine. We are in the east coast in Philadelphia but we buy grapes from California from the local food distribution center here. What we make is as good as what you can buy in a store for minimum 15 dollars easy, most of the more tannic stuff is as good as a 30-60 dollar bottle after aging a couple years.
well the average bottle of wine should actually cost like a hundred dollars cause you have to get the grapes smash the and then store them for a long time and that is a long process
Are you still making wine? I am interested in joining a group, I haven't a clue, got thirst! If someone in your group drops out, I'm from Phila..Chris
I'd say about $10
Let's talk Dollars (you add the tax), which is more universal.
For your daily glass with meals at home between 6 to 10$
For your impromptu friday night romantic love urges between 10 and 20$ sounds right
For a celebration or a gift between 20 and 40$ will make an impression if the person receiving it knows about the subject
For saying I'm sorry, and making amends risk it with a 50 to 70$ bottle, depending on the offense you might add some Venezuelan Chocolate or Cuban cigars...
To show off that you are a big spender go for the bottles between 70 and 150$
If you are a Politician, Mafia Lord, Drug Dealer, Famous Artist or member or Royalty do not dare to show off with less than 1000$ bottle.
And before I forget,
anything below 6$, should only be used for salad dressings instead of vinegar or to give it to someone you really hate.
What a wonderful analysis !
Fortunately, I buy direct from the vineyard: so seldom pay more than 1.5$ for a litre. For a really good wine (eg with a gold medal), I might have to pay 6$ a litre.
I think his pocket book is bigger than ours
If I was a distributor for a Lebanese winery a fine wine would I make money on wine and what should I do to be a distributor does any one have any idea what should I do
My favorite wine so far would be a tantalizing little red called Ruffino Chianti. It is around $10 at Walmart. I also like Apothic Red which is a little more expensive but definitely worth the extra $2 which can also be found at Walmart. If I were to buy wine on a regular basis, which I hope one day to be able to do, those would be my main choices.
I spend $0 on bottles of wine, because I don't drink. It is the most awful habit. Just because everyone else around us is drinking, it doesn't mean we have to copy them like herds of sheep. If other drugs were legal we would likewise copy them, and slowly degrade our precious bodies and mind. We treat vineyards as romantic - but basically we are just addicted to the alcohol drug, and then delude ourselves into thinking we are partaking in a cultural activity because everyone around us treats the activity in this way. But make no mistake - we are just drug addicts when enjoying our glass of wine.
If you exclude magnums, gallon containers and boxes of wine, the average bottle sold in a 750 ml glass bottle is probably around $10-12. If you include the over-sized containers, it is probably around $6-8. If you go to a nice BYO restaurant, the average price spent on a bottle brought to dinner when dining out is probably in the teens. The average price of a bottle of wine purchased online and shipped is over $30, which I was surprised to see.
If you are just starting out and would like a suggestion of how much to spend, I would suggest starting in the $10-15 range. If you start out with cheaper wines, it may turn you off to wine right away. this way, you can find out what types of wine you like, and then stick with them as you explore more of the same type at perhaps lower prices.
I like the suggestion of getting together with friends who want to do the same and pool the cost of 5-10 bottles among five couples by focussing on one type at a time. For example, California Chardonnay one evening, Washington State Pinot Noir the next month, dry sparkling wine the next, French Bordeaux the next, and so forth.
We spend $9 a bottle on an every day red, $10 on sparkling and Chardonnay, $14 on a French white Burgundy and $16-40 on French Bordeaux. We recently found a very nice $5 Montepulciano (an Italian red of that grape from central Italy, similar to Chianti) at Trader Joe, so that is great place to try a lot of different wines if you have one nearby that sells wine, although we haven't found too many others there that we would buy again.
If you are trying different wines, keep in mind that where it is from is important. A Bordeaux blend from Bordeaux is completely different from a Bordeaux blend of the same grapes grown in California. A California chardonnay is different from those from Australia, South Africa, Long Island, Texas or Italy. One exception I would suggest is sparkling wines. In the $10-15 range, you can find a good selection from California, New Mexico, Spain (Cava), Italy (Prosecco) and France that would make a nice tasting. However, if you do, get all of the same type, meaning either dry or sweet, but not both. The wine store person can help you with that distinction.
What a helpful post.
Thank you for that, Mark.
You should learn the difference between enjoyment and addiction, and the difference between "something is good so lots of people do it" vs. "lots of people do this so they must be following the crowd."
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