Good Wine - it's what you like

By definition, good wine is what you like, no matter what anyone else says about it. It's even better wine if it's inexpensive or at least reasonably priced for it's quality. Wine is one of the luxuries that I allow myself to enjoy in my approach to frugal living.

I appreciate fine wines and I have discriminating tastes, but I'm not a wine snob. Being a wine snob is being pretentious. You've seen them, the people who wear T-shirts that say "Life is Too Short for White Zinfandel."

Well fella, life is too short to hang around with you, so take your $38 bottle of wine and your sensitive and pretentious palate, and go hang out with royalty on the yacht.

For me, and others not cruising around on the yacht, a good wine might just be a picnic wine. Sometimes that's just what we're looking for. And, White Zinfandel is a great picnic wine. So grab yourself a bottle, sit on the grass along the shore, and watch the yachts go by.

The Wines

There are three areas of wine that I want to explore with you, so grab your wine glass and have a sip.

The first area is good cheap wines in bottles. They're out there, but you have to taste for them. Sometimes a beverage store will have a wine tasting, and sometimes you just need to experiment with different wine makers to fine your good wine. I think it's a real joy to find a reasonably priced bottle of wine with great flavor, complexity and finish. It's even better when you can match it up with your favorite foods.

The second area is box wine. We've come a long way with box wines, and there's still room for improvement. Today there are many sellers offering a number of varietals to choose from. The quality isn't what you get out of a bottle, but if it's a party, picnic or casual affair, they'll be a nice wine for you and your friends.

Box wines are also known for adding flavor to the mix, so these wines aren't for purists. Nevertheless, they have their place in the world of wine and I enjoy them as a luxurious part of my frugal living.

Lastly, I want to give you my recommendations for best cheap wines that I have found. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. If I'm to offer you help in finding good wine, I must apply myself to tasting a range of wine and provide you with my opinions. I'm not going to go tasting wines in the range of $20 to $40 a bottle, but rather I want to offer you my view of the best wines that are modestly priced.

Enjoy Good Wine

Whether your wine comes with a cork, a screw top, a synthetic cork, or a plastic spigot, you should enjoy it in a wine glass. That is one part of the wine tasting tradition that I insist on. If you're going to drink wine out of a cup or a drinking glass, you might as well use a straw as well.

Having the right glass for your good wine is important. First, the proper glass turns your wine tasting into a more elegant experience. It's a bit like eating steak with a knife and fork as opposed to just grabbing it by the bone with your bare hands and pulling back as you rip off a mouthful.

A wine glass allows you to sip. It allows you to see the wine, swirl it to get the aroma, watch the "legs" on the sides of the glass, and use either the bowl or the stem to hold it. There are various shaped glasses for every type of wine, just like wine bottles are shaped differently. You'll notice that champagne flutes allow the bubbles to travel up a long distance through the wine. It's something you just can't enjoy if you serve the stuff in a white styrofoam cup.

Whatever your good wine happens to be...enjoy it with good company and good cheer. With the right choice of an inexpensive wine, you'll find that frugal living can have it's luxuries every now and then.

Done with Good Wine, take me back to Frugal Living Tips

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.