Sharks and goats dot quest for good wine on the cheap

Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:36am EST
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By Pauline Askin

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Natalie MacLean is a wine cheapskate and proud of it.

Her quest to discover tasty, drinkable vintages that don't put buyers too far out of pocket took her on an epic journey that included diving with sharks and milking goats as well as more mundane visits to wineries.

Her goal: finding a terrific, inexpensive bottle of wine for each night of the week, plus an extra one for Sunday lunch.

"I believe that you can find wines in the $10 to $20 range that taste twice as expensive as they cost," she told Reuters.

"Why pay more for pleasure than you have to?"

MacLean shares her secrets for sniffing out good but inexpensive tipples in "Unquenchable, a Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines."

"In the past, when I was asked 'Can you recommend a great wine that costs less than $20, my answer was: 'Not unless all you want is a wet tongue,'" MacLean said.

"But this journey proved to me that wine doesn't have to be expensive to taste great, and that every wine has a story and a person behind the bottle that brings it to life."   Continued...