What is good? What's really good? It can be hard to tell, with so many wines on the market. One cannot determine just by looking at a label, a bottle's shape, the closure (cork? zork? screwtop? glass t-stopper?), nor even by the price, whether it will be good - FOR YOU! These last two words are key, my friend, because wine is very democratic that way. There is a wine for every person, no matter what you eat or drink, or where you live, or what your income or lifestyle.
Good wine, in my humble (read: expert) opinion, is wine that makes you feel good, not just because of the buzz, but because of the flavor and the mood. So be good to you, try something different today - go to a tasting (Women for WineSense has chapters nationwide, and they hold tasting events all year round, as do many local retailers on Friday and Saturday evenings in many cities) or just take a chance on a bottle that a friend recommended (caveat: consider the source).
Or try one of these. Think you don't like wine? I promise you, seek, and you shall find the wine that likes you, and you will likely like it back!
Whites - When your mood is chill...
Verget du Sud Vin de Pays Blanc, France 2005 - $7.00
Man Vintners Chenin Blanc, South Africa 2008 - $8.00
d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Marsanne Roussane, Mc Laren Vale, Australia - $11.00
Te Awa Left Field Unoaked Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand 2007 - $15.00
Alphose Mellot Sancerre Blanc La Moussiere - $30.00
Pinks - When you are flush with excitement...
Cantalupo il Mimo Nebbiollo Rosato 2007, Piemonte, Italy - $11.00
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Rosado Cava, Spain - $9.00
Reds - When its official...
Trapiche Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina - $10.00
St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley, California, USA - $25.00
Eric Texier Chateauneuf du Pape Vielles Vignes 2005, Rhone Valley, France- $45.00
Valli Pinot Noir Bannockburn Vineyard, Central Otago, New Zealand - $60.00
Sweet Red Bubbles - When he/she is flirtatious...
Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui, Piemonte, Italy - $16.00