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Old 12-21-2015, 04:21 PM
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Location: Long Island, NY
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To me, Californian wines are seriously overpriced. So they're out.

Usually $15 is a sweet spot for a great bottle of wine, but my most expensive wines have been an Italian and Spanish wine in the $80 range. They are wonderful, but not worth the premium. After one glass it's really hard to notice the difference between $15-$80 wines.

Here's what I can recommend (something my wife and I did before we had children): organize wine parties with friends. Set a $50 budget, have everyone bring a $50 bottle of wine and get drunk on high end wine. It's wonderful.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Champagne? ~$400

Cab? ~$250

Normally we get $30 or less wines.

I'm more of a scotch drinker, but I LOVE champagne.
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Old 12-29-2015, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Boones Farm Apple. I believe it was 99 cents. Long time ago.
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Old 12-30-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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Champagne? ~$400

Cab? ~$250

Normally we get $30 or less wines.

I'm more of a scotch drinker, but I LOVE champagne.
I buy Louis Roederer Cristal once in a while on a true special occasion. That's $199.99 at the New Hampshire state liquor store as a sale price and $250 regular price. I just bought 3 bottles of Veuve Cliquot yellow label for my New Years Eve dinner party. That's $40.00 which is more my usual threshold of pain for Champagne.

I have Melville ship me a couple of cases of Pinot Noir most years. Their small lot pinot noirs have gone up up about $50.00 as they've been "discovered".

I collect Zind-Humbrecht Alsacian wine. A Grand Cru "vendage tardive" late harvest wine is now up over $100.

I'm serving Torbreck Woodcutter's Shiraz 2012 tomorrow night. That's a more typical $22.00.

I mostly gave up on California wine a couple decades ago. I remember buying cases of 1990 Mondavi Cab Sauv reserve for $20.00. 1990 was a superb year. It's now 4x that much. You could also buy the big hand-crafted chards like Kistler or a Helen Turley Marcassin for about that price.
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Old 12-31-2015, 10:17 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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$170, Stags Leap Cab from Costco.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Some of the strip restaurants in Vegas have wine priced the several thousands of dollars. We were at dinner one night at a well known casino and there was one on the menu for $9300! I even asked the waiter if they ever sold any and he said they did, but usually to Arab tourists. I can't imagine spending that kind of money on wine. But to some tourists, that is like a $10 bottle would be for me.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:59 AM
 
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We were at a wedding at a winery in Kentucky and paid about $17.00 per bottle that we bought as gifts for others.
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Old 01-04-2016, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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$15 for some Carmen of Chile.
Carmen Wines Chile

In the early 90's when I came across it, I thought it was fantastic, but it eventually disappeared.

A few years ago, I came across some bottles at World Market for $15 a piece. I was thinking my love affair once again, such was worth the price, only to find that it was mediocre. What happened?

I suspect in the years in between when I was drinking different kinds of wine, my tastes widened and hence, what I thought was special.....wasn't.

So these days, I keep the Carmen around to give as gifts, and my price range rarely reaches $5 a bottle. Curious, isn't it? A decent table wine at $3.50/bottle, a terrific wine at around $4.50 a bottle and if I want something really smooth, well, Bogle or Red Diamond is at $9-10.
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Old 01-04-2016, 01:06 PM
 
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Some of the strip restaurants in Vegas have wine priced the several thousands of dollars. We were at dinner one night at a well known casino and there was one on the menu for $9300! I even asked the waiter if they ever sold any and he said they did, but usually to Arab tourists. I can't imagine spending that kind of money on wine. But to some tourists, that is like a $10 bottle would be for me.
I can vouch for this. I've never gone over $500, myself....but there's always someone with deep enough pockets. Sky's the limit.
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Old 01-04-2016, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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$20.00
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