Finding a bottle of wine that is inexpensive but still tastes good can be a difficult task -- unless you know what to look for. While it may be tempting to reach for the cheapest bottle on the shelf or the one on sale in the bargain bin, you may wind up with a mass-produced cheap wine that not only tastes terrible, but also typically contain additives like the controversial "Mega Purple." So whether you're looking for a quality, inexpensive red or a delicious, yet affordable white, here some helpful tips on how to spot a good, cheap bottle of wine.
READ THE LABEL WITH A CRITICAL EYE
KNOW WHICH LOCATION TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL
GET AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE WITH WHERE THE WINE COMES FROM
DON'T GET STUCK LOOKING AT EXPENSIVE WINE REGIONS
GET TO KNOW WINES FROM LESSER KNOWN REGIONS
CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE REGIONS FOR YOUR FAVORITES
BROADEN THE SCOPE OF YOUR SEARCH
GET TO KNOW THE IDEAL PRODUCTION AREAS FOR WINES YOU LIKE
DON'T SHY AWAY FROM ORGANIC WINES
LOOK FOR LESS EXPENSIVE LABELS FROM NOTABLE PRODUCERS
GET TO KNOW THE VALUE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINE
CONSIDER WHITE WINES
SHOP WHERE THE STAFF KNOWS THEIR WINE
TRY USING AN APP
BEWARE OF THE BARGAIN BIN
KNOW WHICH SPARKLING WINES TO AVOID ...
... AND WHICH SPARKLING WINES TO BUY
But all is not lost for those in search of cheap bubbly. "If you want inexpensive sparkling wine, you're looking at the Charmat method. That's where the secondary fermentation -- the bubbles -- are made in tanks, and that's what Prosecco does. So when you see inexpensive sparkling wines, that usually means that's the method they're using. But you can have some amazing Proseccos, there's nothing wrong with the Charmont method, don't get me wrong. It can just be more affordable."