Do you prefer big, in-your-face wines? On the other hand, do lighter wines get your gears turning? The beautiful thing about wine is that there’s something for everyone; you literally have your pick of the litter – red, white, French, German, swampy, airy, etc. The list is, well, exhaustive. And with trends in wine coming and going on a seemingly daily basis, the choices for the wine lover have never been greater. Low-alcohol wines, for instance, are all the rage right now, as evidenced by this NPR article.
Allison Aubrey writes, “These wines typically hover in the 9 percent to 11 percent alcohol range. This compares to about 13 percent to 14 percent in a typical California chardonnay.” That may not seem like that big of a difference, only around 2 percent, but it goes a long way in terms of the body, not to mention that it goes against normal opinion that people prefer drinks with higher alcohol content.
So, what gives? Well, it could be all economical, meaning that wine lovers (along with everyone else) are a bit more cash-strapped than before and low-alcohol wines tend to be cheaper. This could be due to the land where grapes are grown or other factors. One such wine is Vinho Verde, which has been described as “cheap and cheerful.” And honestly, in these trying times, doesn’t “cheap and cheerful” sound rather alluring?
Be sure to stop by Su Vino Winery in Scottsdale, Arizona to get your fill of “cheap and cheerful” wine!