I managed to stop by and pick up a few bottles of wine a few days ago. I had had such a busy week ( and still am in a way) I was unable to do much including stop and drink some wine. Generally speaking, I don’t avoid white wines but wine has always been red to me. The only white I picked up was Casal Garcia Vinho Verde. It was no cheaper than other whites around there and should have been less. A good and bad thing for wine drinkers is all food and beverages get priced for what the market can afford to pay. A bottle of wine which should sell for $1.99 or $2.99 and would make money also will be marketed for a whole lot more simply because the market can afford it. Anyone who remembers business courses or economic courses the supply and demand chart meet somewhere and that is where we get screwed. If the price goes above that too few people can afford it and if price goes below it too many will afford it. This crosspoint is where most money is made with least number of inventory and expenses. That is another story but the point made here is Vinho Verde is a great wine to drink when you just drink and not trying to pretend. American culture is new to wine drinking amongst many social classes. The richer and more sophisticated whom have been drinking wine are not exactly part of the new wine drinking culture. Their choices are within the same ranges as before because of their ability to pay and knowledge available to them. The rest of the society have been drinking one for food value or as a resource that provides alcohol into the veins. The latter is what American wines have been most suitable for over the years. The minority of wines which have been genuine wines were too few in numbers until recent years and recognition (and greed) moved their numbers higher and higher. The American wines of today are suitable for many purposes but may not be suitable for others. Personally, I really like the idea of wine as a beverage that comes out of a bottle or other container and does not pretend to be great or awesome or whatever. The absence of a need to compare the simple, everyday wine to any wine of quality is the most important criteria for me. American wine and other wines should be available for everyday drinking at prices that DO NOT EXIST! A bottle of wine priced at $1.99 is same as zero dollars. A bottle of wine priced at $2.99 is same as zero dollars. Food items have to be priced this way to be food items. Bread cannot cost $15 a roll and be bread. The cost is too high and cannot be consumed as bread. It is something else. Wine has same problem. Bottle of wine that is $15 is not meant for dinner table or a couple of glasses regardless of what the culture and the industry will TELL or ADVERTISE into the public. That bottle should have no price so it is food. Vinho Verde is a great wine for such a category and so is Muscadet (the hell with the Sur Lie but only 25% of production is not Sur Lie) and many other wines. They are just food. The bottle is opened and one drinks them. They should be priced at zero dollars. That means a bottle is $1.99 or $2.99. They should also be of acceptable quality. What is acceptable quality? They should be well-made. They should be true to their type and genre. They should NOT pretend to be something else. They should lack the necessity to compare to some expensive wine. Maybe, they should be systematically labeled somehow so all these possibilities and many others are eliminated. What is left is a container with contents that qualify as simple every day wine. AND they may not have alcohol. Too many wines from the Old World are very inexpensive, good in quality and also lack alcohol. A low number of alcohol percentage is a must for such wines so one can drink them and not drink them. The biggest problem with the local industry is the climate is generally too warm where American vines are planted and grapes are ripened too much and and and. They consequence is wine that is too much to be everyday drink. It is great as a source of alcohol for some and will sell that way. Or, it has to PRETEND to be something great or like great to be marketable at higher prices and also not judged so much for flaws and weaknesses. I personally think there is tremendous demand in the American market for such wines. If Americans are to be wine drinkers, they ought to drink wine and not the stuff manufactured by the industry and sold to them as THE American wine. That stuff can and will stay around and have their own place but what is missing is the everyday, simple drinking, aperitif or food wine that costs ZERO DOLLARS and is available for benefit of our health and not to celebrate an occasion or pretend we are hip and in. What percentage of the American wine drinkers are connoisseur to really appreciate the good American wine? The industry needs to regulate itself so categories of products can be created based on principles that match the needs and the benefits of most purchasers. The American wine industry can turn itself from a sh+t industry to a GOOD industry providing millions and millions of Americans with GOOD everyday wine without ripping them off or pretending. That is wine culture is where wine is drank as food. This Vinho Verde was very good. It went in the fridge where all white wines belong if one is drinking in California and was too cold to drink needless to say. That did not bother me. It had the bubbles, the acid, the light to medium body and who knows some hint of fruits to justify drinking. I really enjoyed the wine but not the price. I don’t even know the vintage and does it matter that much? It is recent. I strongly encourage the industry to work on creating a category of wines that will fit the above mentioned. I may have to kick everybody’s a++ if proper action is not taken. Yes sir I will.