They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I do. Likewise, I assume you’re not supposed to judge a wine by its label: I definitely do. I find that sometimes the branding of something can capture its essence in the way that words or reviews can’t: the colors, the style, and the general mood that the imagery evokes is often indicative of the true nature of the product. Looks edgy and reminiscent of a graffiti painting? — it’s probably not a traditional tasting, bland wine. Decorated like the lid of a jam jar with a tongue-in-cheek print that resembles ugly picnic tablecloths? — it’s probably fun to drink and surprisingly sweet. …You get what I’m saying.
Here are five wines under $50 that will look excellent on your kitchen counter, cause guests to ask questions and beg for a sip, and won’t break the bank. I make NO promises about the taste, but I have a feeling that many of them will be winners.
A few selections from Monster Vineyards:
A sweet twist on Shiraz from South Africa’s Cape Classics:
Lazarus Wine is truly unique in its design: the label is entirely written in braille! The concept and design was done by Madrid-based Baud Designs.
I also spotted Petite Petit, a Syrah, by Michael David Winery at World Market, and though I resisted I do wonder what it tastes like…maybe next time!
The label that I find the most visually appealing belongs to Zull Wines‘ Gruner Veltliner, Rose, and Blauer Portugieser varieties.
The best part about these Five Under $50! picks is that I didn’t even need to post the price. They are ALL under $20, and many of them are under $12. For that investment, you can get ALL of them if you know how to shop around! Happy weekend!