Buckle up, because I’m going to get a little rant-y. I recently read a blog post and a “hear hear” response on Facebook stating that there are no great wines under $15, and to zip it when it comes to saying so in your blog.
I, however, disagree with the pronouncement and the prescribed action. Let’s first take a look at “great”. What does it mean when we say something is great? (And not the great as in a great white shark.) To the dictionary!
Great: wonderful; first-rate; very good
I don’t think it’s outrageous to call a wine great based on that definition. Is greatness solely defined by price? Can a wine only be great at $50+? Is there a magical threshold, a Mason-Dixon line of where a wine is permitted cross from the realm of the good to great?
Recently I’ve had many things that cost less than 15 dollars that I thought were great. Including:
- A big, foldable slice of pizza with ham and fresh pineapple
- A burrito with carnitas, black beans, and fiery salsa verde
- A thirst-slaking post-shift beer
- An entire box of Pocky
Can pizza only be great if it’s expensive? Does my burrito require Kobe beef and 24K gold flake salsa? What about the context in which you enjoy something? I’ve had craptastic costly wine in sterile settings that left me cold. Conversely, I’ve clandestinely consumed a sub-$15 rosé on a grassy patch of sunny Seattle summertime waterfront, watching boats pass me by, greatly enhanced by great company.
You know what? That wine was great.
(Note: Great has a truckload of definitions. A great deal.)