Welcome to TastedOnline.com, dedicated to people who enjoy reasonably good wine at a low price and purchase most of their wine at mass marketing stores or occasionally from wine boutiques. A “quality wine at bargain prices” by our definition is good and inexpensive. We like to drink a bottle of wine with dinner every day and are simply not willing to pay high prices for a bottle of fine wine. For us the hunt for the best quality at the lowest price is a challenge and part of the whole wine experience. Many years ago we began to buy mass marketed wines from around the world that were less expensive than the known fine quality/named brand wines in the hope that they still retained some of the high quality. Needless to say there were a great many disappointments; but surprisingly we did uncover some really great wines at what most people would call bargain prices. We would buy these bargains, but in most cases they would quickly be out of stock so our search for the best buy wines became a continuing, and enjoyable effort.
Another aspect of our search was to quantify what we were drinking so comparisons between wines and vintages over time were recorded and we had a record that clearly identified what we thought were “quality wines at bargain prices”. We’re not wine snobs nor do we have a tasting ability that is anything close to a professional taster. However, in hindsight our tasting records have proven uncanny in their ability for us to accurately equate the same wine six months or a year latter.
This website is a way of sharing our ongoing search for best buy wines. If you are a wine connoisseur or someone who is willing to pay top prices for known high quality wines our wine list and recommendations are not for you. However, if you are looking for reasonably good everyday wine at the lowest price the listings on this site may save you money and help you make a wine selection that only includes good quality at the lowest price.
We live in North Carolina for part of the year and Southern California for the other part so our sources of wine vary tremendously. In North Carolina we buy wine from Total Wine and local vineyards and speciality wine shops. In California we include the grocery and large liquor stores and occasionally southern California vineyards. We always buy two bottles of any wine and if the tasting is different for the second bottle either from the food pairing or differences in the wine we will include comments for both tastings by editing the original post.
For information on our rating system see: How we rate wines.
We also E-mail a weekly newsletter of the wines we recommend (those in the Quality wine at a bargain price and Recommended as a buy categories). To receive this weekly listing complete the form at the top right of every page.
If you have found wines that fit our definition of a “quality wine at bargain prices” let us know so we can try them. Just email us at either: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.