A term loan from finance, ‘value for money’, has become a staple in wine jargon for many years now. Since then, it’s been used regularly by merchants and oenologists when promoting or describing a wine, though we have to acknowledge that its use is not entirely consistent – something that can be explained by the subjective nature of evaluation, mainly in terms of “quality”.
In other words, while the price is expressed by an absolute number, in the evaluation of the quality many parameters factor in, like the assessment scale created by experience and practice; flavour preferences, that even unconsciously affect our judgement; the ability to distinguish the various characteristics of a wine, that not everyone has to the same extent; and many others. So, each time we come across the phrase “great value for money”, it’s great to add, at least in our mind, “according to the person writing this”.
Following this introduction, I can now share my personal preferences in white and red wines with a price range not higher than €8, taking into consideration the best value for money. The presentation order below is random.