I can tell a difference, but for every day drinking, I can find a lot that I like in the $6 to $10 a bottle range. To say otherwise is just snobbery.
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I love a good wine, and have found plenty of options that are reasonably priced (for me that is $15-$20). If you enjoy learning about wine, a good option could be to check if there is a culinary school close to where you live. The one where we live, offers some classes for the public as well. My favorite is probably the ones where they pair wine with food for a specific region. For example, we sampled 4 different Spanish wines, and then tried them each with a small bit of meat, cheese, cracker, olive, chocolate etc. (lots of rinsing your mouth in between obviously). Some pairings were delicious, some made you want to gag ... Very nice way to spend quality time with the hubby.
There is a difference between cheap wine and reasonably priced wine. Cheap wine comes in a box, from South America/South Africa. Reasonable wine usually comes from the same region as the 'good' wine without the big budget.
Long story short: Cask wine vs. nice sauv, you can tell the difference. Nice sauv vs. $50 sauv, not so much. That being said my fave wine is hella expensive and I will fight to the death about the fact that it is the best pinot gris I have ever tasted.
Experiment - find a cheap(ish) wine you like, and stick to that.
I was reading a while ago about wine experiments and yes, the experts were fed the same wines with different labels and not a one of them picked it up. It's all hogwash.
Some wines might legitimately taste better or be 'smoother' (or whatever) than some other ones, but in general it really is all down to personal taste - drink what ones YOU like and don't worry if someone else says it's too cheap or a bad brand.
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I read somewhere that only experts can differentiate the taste between an average wine and expensive wine. Isn't that interesting? Makes my wallet happy anyway :)