Good Value Wines for the Holidays

Fortunately, when it comes to evaluating wines, price is not necessarily the key defining metric for determining a good wine to drink. In this video, Bruce Bauer, a wine aficianado and proprietor of VINO, a boutique wine shop in Portland, Oregon, shares some of his favorite moderate to low-priced wines from the Pacific Northwest region, and the world.

Bruce Bauer, Vino; Portland, Oregon Wine Shop

Bruce Bauer of Vino;
Portland, Oregon Wine Shop

Bauer provides solid wine buying tips in addition to specific recommendations, including suggestions for pairing certain styles of wine with different foods, flavor differences between oak barrel versus stainless steel barrel fermented wines, and a general guide to some of the defining characteristics of rieslings, malbecs, and other wine varietals.

For those curious to try different wines, and for those looking for more general information on choosing a type of wine to buy, Bauer offers a good introductory lesson. There’s even a short demonstration on a simple way to open a bottle of sparkling wine.

Here’s a list of the wines that appear in the video, and their retail price:

  • Peterson Zinfandel 24
  • Owen Roe Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon 15
  • J. Christopher Pinot Noir 27
  • Love & Squalor Riesling 18
  • Walter Scott Pinot Blanc 17
  • Louis Perdrier Brut Rosé 10
  • Pinot Grigio 12
  • Ferraris Barbera 15
  • Andezon Cotes du Rhone 15
  • Altovinum Evodia Granache 11
  • Crios Malbec 15

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