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Ben on Wine: The best wines aren't always the most expensive

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Bennet Bodenstein

Bennet Bodenstein

Ben on Wine: The best wines aren't always the most expensive

By Bennet Bodenstein

Feb 28, 2020

Feb 28, 2020

2 min to read

Bennet Bodenstein

Bennet Bodenstein

I have again been asked by a reader if I am paid or in some other way remunerated by wineries to write about their wines.

I will clear that up in one emphatic word; NO!

If I was paid by the wineries, my columns would be less than worthless.

I will tell you that I do receive wine from wineries or their representatives to sample and perhaps write about, but a free bottle of wine will not in any way impress me nor color my opinion.

Another point is selling price.

I must determine if a wine is worthy of its selling price.

That fact alone made me reject a $155 bottle of wine as definitely not worth even close to its price and then laud over a $9 bottle of Gallo Hearty Burgundy.

The prices I quote are the MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) and are often offered at a lower price at the point of purchase.

Three Finger Jack 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon ($21.99). Are the makers of Three Finger Jack Cabernet Sauvignon taking a page from the Australian’s by naming of wines after old time highwayman (Kelly’s Revenge Shiraz). Three Finger Jack was a brazen highwayman who robed gold shipments during the California gold rush period. I hope that we will not be deluged with wines named after old time villains. If so, I might soon be writing about latest vintage of Al Capone Chianti, or perhaps the ever popular Lucky Luciano Pinot Grigio or the politically correct Meyer Lansky Concord or the Bugsy Segal Blackberry cordial and nothing could be better for the "Fall" than an Abe Rellis Rosé (Google the name). There is even a wine that uses the maker's family name of Flegenheimer, which was also the real family name of the vicious gangster Dutch Schultz. Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it. If the wine is good and an excellent buy for the price, we can bypass the name and just enjoy the wine. This wine is a brand new tune on a familiar melody and its affordable price makes it even better so give it a try I am sure it will impress you.

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