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How To Make Cheap Wine Taste Better?

Often times we find ourselves taking a bit of a risk when we visit the liquor or grocery store to look for a nice, inexpensive bottle of wine – either because our favorite bottle of wine is sold out or they no longer have it in stock. Regardless of the cause, it can really put us in uncharted territory when we have to choose a wine we aren’t familiar with. What’s worse, when you finally have the chance to experience its contents, you find it awful and distasteful in every way. So how can you save your purchase and make it enjoyable and avoid pouring it down the drain? We’ve got the answers you’re looking for if you want to know how to make cheap wine taste better.


Decanting To Allow Your Wine To Breath or Open Up

For some it’s a matter of oxygenating or decanting a wine for a bit, maybe 10 – 30 minutes. This approach can help improve the wine’s aromas and break down those bitter tannic, astringent or stale-like flavors that sometimes overpower the fruitful flavors of a wine. Younger red wines tend to require more time to breathe. For example, a young Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec or Shiraz/Syrah can take anywhere between 15 – 30 minutes to open up. If you purchase a decanter or aerator for wines, it can help improve the flavors and aromas giving the wine a face-lift that makes it enjoyable.


Making Wine Cocktails

But, if you’ve purchased a wine that is not to your liking on its own, get in touch with your inner mixologist. Many times, mixing the wine with other beverages and turning it into a festive bouillabaisse (pronounced boo-yah-behss) is the right course of action needed to appreciate its splendor. Regardless if it’s a white, rosé, or red wine, you have the option of turning an affordable, poor tasting wine into a cocktail that is more refreshing and to your liking. In the past we’ve done this with our low-priced wine purchases, and when combined with ingredients we love… WOW! It left us feeling like our purchase was excellent after all!

Try one or more of the recipes listed below and turn your low-priced wines into wondrous wine heaven. Even try creating your own concoctions, as there is any number of ways to spice up a cheap wine purchase gone wrong.


White Wine Spritzers

White Wine Spritzer #1 (Serves 1)

1 cup of chilled white wine or rose (Any varietal)

1 cup of Sprite or club soda

Garnish with a lime, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry (or go with a fruit you like and feel would go great with your drink)


White Wine Spritzer #2 (Serves 1)

1 cup of chilled white wine or rose

1 cup of Zevia (try it with Zevia Grapefruit Citrus, Lemon Lime Twist Orange, or Strawberry)

Garnish with a lime, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry (or go with a fruit you like and feel would go great with your drink)


White Wine Spritzer #3 (Serves 1)

1 ½ cups of chilled white wine

1 cup of club soda

½ cup of cranberry (try it with other flavors too)


Red Wine Spritzers

Red Wine Spritzer #1 (Serves 1)

1 cup of red wine (goes extremely well with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or a full-bodied Shiraz/Syrah)

1 part Coke


Red Wine Spritzer #2 (Serves 1)

1 cup of red wine

1 cup of club soda, sprite

½ of peach schnapps

Garish with a fruit of your choice


Red Wine Spritzer #3 (Serves 1)

1 cup of red wine (Merlot, Rioja red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz/Syrah or a Zinfandel)

1 cup of club soda or ginger ale

1 Tbsp of sugar

Sliced lemon

Sliced oranges

Sliced apples (red delicious or Fuji apples work best)

Sliced peaches

If you want you can also add a couple of red grapes, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries to the mix.

*Optional – add one shot of brandy to the mix


Note #1: If you want a healthier substitute than regular sodas try your spritzer with a zero calorie soda like, Zevia. It’s another delicious choice!

Note #2: Adjust these recipes to your liking and substitute the ingredients you find unfavorable. Through trial and error you’ll find the flavor combinations that best suit your palate.


So the next time you purchase a low-priced wine and are tempted to toss it down the drain, consider the following, it may only need some time to breathe in a decanter or an aerator to help those fragrances and flavors manifest over time. Another option to help improve the taste of an inexpensive wine is to fuse other ingredients into it. Use the examples of recipes above to help you turn your wine into a fabulous mixer. Turn white, rose or red wine into a nice refreshing spritzer or into delicious sangria and don’t let an inexpensive wine go to waste, because it has the potential to be so much more!

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