Jan 23 2008

Mmm, this expensive wine tastes…good?

Last week, Karen at Smart Spending highlighted a study showing that when people think they’re drinking expensive wine, they think it tastes better and find more enjoyment out of drinking a glass.


Perhaps if we think we’re being indulged or enjoying something particularly fancy, we enjoy it more.

I don’t know much about wine, but I do know if I like it or if I don’t.

If I tried a glass of dry red wine, even if I thought it cost $100 per glass, I doubt I’d like it. It’s just not my thing. Actually, I’m not much of a wine drinker at all–but I do like the free tastings!

Here’s just a few ideas that we can try to keep in mind so we get more enjoyment out of food and bevs–no matter the cost. What can you add to the list?

  • Use a decanter for wine and nice wine glasses.
  • Use your good dishes and serving platters more often–why save them for Thanksgiving and Christmas only?
  • Don’t have pretty dishes but would like some? Keep your eyes open at yard sales and thrift stores. You’d be amazed at the beautiful dish sets you can find there. Or…win them on a game show. ;-)
  • Pay attention to food presentation. Oatmeal looks like slop. Not so appetizing, is it? Swirl cinnamon and brown sugar through it and top it with berries or raisins, for example. Try to add garnishes on foods when you can.
  • Savor it. Eat slowly, and with purpose. Not just to be nourished, but to appreciate flavors and textures.
  • Give thanks for your meals. Be grateful for what you have.

3 Responses to “Mmm, this expensive wine tastes…good?”

  1. We got some nice (used) stemware for the wedding, which I like to use for the occasional ginger ale. It just looks and tastes so good! :)

  2. Our neighbors gave us two bottles of homemade Muscadine wine a few months ago. Honestly made. Stored in a re-ferbed beer bottle, complete with re-ferbed aluminum cap. {s c a r r y ! ! ! }

    Well, we ended up opening one bottle the other night, just for a laugh . . .the last laugh was on us!

    We were stunned to be drinking a light blush-like almost champaign without the carbonation drink that seemed to be on the lower alcohol content side. What a treat!

    When we do purchase wine, we tend to go for a middle of the road price, and always find them decent.

    The pricier ones end up being a payment for a brand name. :)

  3. I actually read an article where they switched labels and the people tasting picked the more expensive wine, when they where actually drinking the cheaper wine. Sometimes it is a physiological thing! There are 1000’s of great wines for under $10 per bottle!

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