Studies suggest that we like a wine more when we think it’s expensive. Could our taste buds be snubbing some seriously delicious bargains?
The Plan: Blind-taste four cheap wines—each less than $9 a bottle—then rate our satisfaction and guess their prices.
The Findings: Testers—even the pickiest—liked what they tried. We also confirmed that the higher the wine rating, the higher the estimated price. But the big surprise? The cheapest bottle in the bunch, Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Blend Cabernet Sauvignon ($3)—aka Three Buck Chuck—was thought to be the most expensive.
The Bottom Line: Rely on your palate and not the price tag. You might be surprised by how much you like what you find—and by how fat your wallet feels!
- Judith Pena, Assistant to the Editor in Chief
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From the April 2012 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray
Keep an eye out at the wine shop for an unsung tipple: orange wine. Made from white grapes, the sipper gets its sunny disposition from a process that keeps the skins with the grapes after pressing, upping the volume of tannins and pigments, which can range from light copper to bright orange. It’s not just a pretty glass, though: The crowd-pleasing flavor blends the light texture of white with the punch of red.
-Alexa Weibel, Senior Copy Editor