Wine tasting pits expensive vs. cheap wines

Wine tasting pits expensive vs. cheap brands

MENTOR, OHIO - While beer is king with Americans, wine comes in second and is by far the beverage of choice among women.

But how many of us really know the difference between one wine or another? And does expensive really mean better?

It took a lot of arm twisting (not really) to find five people who like wine who could help our Consumer Investigator Danielle Serino conduct an experiment.

We wanted could see whether costly wine equates to quality. So we went to the highly regarded World Wines and Liquor in Mentor, where they helped us pick out three American-made Chardonnay wines, ranging in price from less than $10 a bottle to $46 dollars.

Then they recommended three American-made Cabernet wines, also ranging in price from $13 to $45.

We had our testers taste all six wines and grade them on a scale from one to five.

But we didn't tell them the name or price of the bottle until the end. And everyone was required to have a designated driver.

Also along for the ride was Joseph Samia, wine expert from the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl. He was the perfect guide for our journey, as he's been studying wines since he was a child,

So after a whole lot of swirling, smelling, and sipping, it was time for the reveal.

With the Chardonnay wines, the mid-range priced Ferrari-Carrano at $30 came in first. And the wine they liked the LEAST, was one that cost the MOST: The $46 dollar Grgich Hills.

And what was satisfying to our testers with the Cabernet wines was the cheapest bottle. The $12.99 Tom Gore.

Raymond Napa Valley cost over three times as much, $45, but came in second.

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