What We’ve Learned (Our 375th Post!)

Over the years we’ve tried many bottles and are constantly looking to improve our blog and add value for our readers.  There is a plethora of wine information and most will reiterate a bottle is only as good as you think it is and everyone thinks differently. Admittedly, this sounds like a cop-out, and readers have a right to ask “what value are you providing!?”  (to which we would promptly remind you this blog is free so stop whining).  It’s a legitimate request and so this post is our multi-year summary and reality check.  At the Vino Duo, our goal is to uncover valuable wines, something you can drink and enjoy, which inspires feelings of satisfaction, not buyer’s remorse.

The wine industry has expensive wines which try to convince us you have to spend $50+ for anything decent.  Meanwhile, the market is flooded with mass-produced bulk wines which make great sangria but aren’t what most grapes dream of being when they grow up.  Then there are the thousands of bottles we see everyday trying to present themselves as high class without a high price.  What we’ve learned:

  • Wine does NOT have to be expensive to be good.  We try to highlight bottles in the $15-25 range providing good value (and they DO get extra points for this), meaning what you taste is worth what you pay.
  • There are some $80, $90, $100 + bottles which are actually worth their price, if you can afford them feel free to send us one.
  • There are some wines under $10 which are true gems, but many are like investing in junk bonds.  If you find a good one, feel free to stock up.
  • The most common wine we’ve had in tasting rooms is the one we enjoyed and wouldn’t buy a bottle of, and that’s ok, that’s why we taste.
  • Wine is not just for rich people, just like sparkling wine is not just for special occasions.

In summary, our objective is to provide the information you need to make an informed experiment.  At the end of the day, you may completely disagree with us (and we want to know when that happens!) but we understand wine can get expensive and for something which can vanish so quickly, you want to get your money’s worth.  So, whether you’re looking for a high-value gem, like to experiment, or simply want to know which of the thousands of $17 bottles are worth it, use our resources and let us know what you think.  The more we hear and the more we try the better our blog and the more value we can provide for you.

Thanks for your continued support and readership.

-Teri and Aaron


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