Drinking good wine on a budget

By Kelsey McMeans
Guest Writer

October 4th, 2012

Photo courtesy of thecarltonrestaurant.com

Enjoying a cocktail on a budget is not easy for a college student. Bush, Natural Ice, Keystone, and Pabst are beers you’ll spot students, of age of course, drinking.  Drinking warm beer out of a can is not usually my forte. A glass of wine at the end of a long day is much more relaxing, and no, not boxed wine. Newly 21-year-olds often believe that you can’t drink nicer beverages, like wine, on a budget. It turns out that you can! With a group of six other people, I surveyed four bottles of wine totaled to…drum roll please… $26.00(plus tax). Here is the breakdown:

Yellow Tail malbec: $6.99

Rex Goliath chardonnay $5.99

Tableleaf white zinfandel $5.99

Turningleaf cabernet $6.99

One white wine, two different red wine options, and a blush! I enjoyed all four options, but I am aware that wine is an acquired taste. The winning wine of the evening was the blush white zinfandel, which was served chilled. Penn Tech student Brendan Whalen, 22, said, “This wine is very sweet tasting. It would be good for someone who likes sweet light tasting wine.” Whalen also thought the chardonnay was a sweet wine, however the other three students thought it was watery. In addition to its watery taste friend Aaron Dahl, 24, Williamsport, said, “It tastes and smells funny.” Personally, I found the chardonnay to taste better that the blush. Honestly, the blush made me feel like I was sitting at the kiddie table. It tastes exactly like juice!

I know I can’t be the only student who appreciates red wine, so here’s a little about the reds: the malbec leaves you thirsty for sure because it is so dry. This is not a complaint. Malbecs are always very dry so it is difficult to create one that will still have a smooth finish. Yellowtail nailed this…and at $6.99! Cabernets are known to be a tad juicier for a red wine. In the case of Turningleaf this failed. All six participants, including myself, believed this wine to taste exactly like the Malbec! Oh well, I guess you can’t win them all.

Those who just drink beer because it is cheap have an alternative after all. I know, because I used to be one of those people. Now I’m not knocking on beer, because I enjoy a beer with my burger too, but hey, for broke college kids on budgets to have options? Not a bad deal if you ask me.

The legal drinking age is 21 and over. Please drink responsibly!


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