Winebits 498: Cheap wine, underage drinking, wine for royalty

cheap wineThis week’s wine news: Another consumer website joins the cheap wine fight, plus a decline in underage drinking and how to drink like European monarchs

Welcome to the fight: Moneyish, a website that bills itself as “a new way of talking about money” and is owned by the venerable Dow Jones Co., has joined the cheap wine bandwagon with an article called “Why you never have to spend more than $10 on wine again.” It joins Forbes’ Cathy Hughey, another big-time mainstream business type, in acknowledging what many of us have know for years, that quality and value exists at $10. How well did Moneyish figure this out? One of the wines on its list – the Bogle chardonnay, which is not only an original member of the $10 Hall of Fame but a winner of the annual best cheap wine contest.

Less underage drinking: Note to the neo-Prohibitionists: Underage drinking has continued its steady decline, without any help from you. The 2016 Monitoring the Future survey, conducted by the University of Michigan for the National Institutes of Health, found that alcohol use dropped by at least one-third among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders since 2011. In fact, the percentage of high school students who reported ever using alcohol dropped by as much as 60 percent compared to peak years. In this, it’s one more example that we don’t need any help from groups that want to bring back Prohibition-era laws to regulate alcohol sales to protect children.

Drink like a king: Want to enjoy the same wines served at the British state banquet with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip and Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia? Scotland’s Herald newspaper reports that a couple are available at UK retailers, and has suggestions for those that aren’t. All are nice wines, and it’s telling that two of the four are available and aren’t ridiculously expensive. The Henriques and Henriques madeira, at about $35, is a value for quality madeira. In addition, this is fine reporting by the Herald, demystifying what the royals are drinking.

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