This week, a random assortment of wines from different countries, of different varietals and price points are chosen to illustrate the adage of “you pay for what you get”. Other than those premium wines in the collector’s category, most wines in general are priced according to quality. Yes, there are other affecting factors such as capital and production costs, reputation, awards, government regulations and various taxes, but in common markets, the price points of most wines are reflective of the quality as perceived by consumers.
A red wine from Chile’s central valley with very little information about the wine on the label other than stating it as a blend mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest being a local Chilean varietal seldom known outside of Chile called Pais. Priced at $6.99 at BC Liquor Store, this is a light to medium red with red fruit aroma, an unusual wet grass undertone and barnyard flavour. Cannot ask for more at $6.99 which is almost as cheap as those from the “make your own wine” kit. Decant for best result.
Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This is a medium-bodied red dominated with Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah (90/4/3/2/1 ratio) from Geyserville in the Sonoma wine region. Lots of dark fruit aroma and a dash of cedar on the backend. Flows of plum and dark berries with a hint of cocoa, a touch of smokiness and light tannins. A fruit forward wine but a bit short on the finish priced decently at $18.00.