Why You Need to Keep an Open Mind About Wine
Sbrocco’s final piece of advice: Don't get too hung up on how long a wine has been aged or whether it has a screw top.
“When it comes to white wine, it can be produced very quickly—I just tried a great bottle from 2012. You won’t see good reds quite as quickly, but there are definitely solid options from 2011, 2010 and 2009,” says Sbrocco. “A lot of reds will benefit from more age, but there’s no hard and fast rule. Sure, you can age a California Cabernet for 25 years, but it could be just as good—if not better—after 10.”
And skeptics needn’t be put off by screw tops. “It’s good to be screwed!” she says. “In all seriousness, the container doesn’t predict the quality of the wine. There are fantastic wines that come with screw tops, and bad wines with corks.”
Sbrocco is also a huge fan of the recent resurgence of boxed wines: “The value is tremendous--a 3-liter box is equivalent to four bottles of wine. At $25-35 a box, that comes to $6 per bottle. Plus, the technology helps the wine stay fresh for months.”
Luckily, it's clear that becoming a wine connoisseur doesn't necessarily depend on spending a ton of money--it really comes down to paying attention (and drinking more)!