For years, I have maintained that there is a sea of excellent wine out there just waiting to be discovered. Well, now it's easier than ever to find it, order it and sip it! And all because of the Internet.
Say you like cabernet sauvignon, but are put off by the prices of wines from some producers. Simply type "highly rated cabernet under $20" into your search engine and instantly you will be rewarded with an almost overwhelming number of choices.
At this point, you can order the wines online or simply take the list of wines to your retailer. And building a relationship with folks running the local wine shop is probably the most important way of finding good wines that suit your budget. If the wines you want are unavailable, your wine shop can usually order the stuff for you.
We have a bevy of excellent shops in our state with a remarkable selection of wines from around the globe, and that is where I prefer to make my purchases. However, if you can't find them locally, you might try the online retailers listed below that ship to West Virginia and many other states.
Here are some of my favorites: wineanthology.com, wineaccess.com, wine.com and empirewine.com. There are many others, but these are among the ones with both excellent pricing and selection.
To give you a head start, you might want to lock your lips around these delectable wine values: 2007 Crooked Row Merlot ($12); 2008 Di Majo Norante Sangiovese ($12); Cristalino Brut Cava (Spanish sparkler, $10); 2009 Pacific Rim Gewürztraminer ($13); 2007 Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc ($15); 2005 Bodegas Beronia Rioja Riserva ($19); 2007 Trimbach Riesling ($17); and 2008 Hey Mambo Sultry Red ($10; no kidding, this a good one!).
For more on the art and craft of wine, visit John Brown's Wine Boy blog at thegazz.com.