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Brian Palmer tells us in a Slate article that we should be drinking really cheap wine. He doesn’t have to convince me; it’s an argument I’ve been making for years. Not being able to afford more expensive wine has probably helped lead me down the path to cheapness, but I’m pretty sure that even if I had a lot more money than I do, I’d still spend $5 for most bottles of wine.

During breaks from college I worked at a wine and cheese store in St. Louis with a good selection of bottles under $10, and those were the ones I bought when I wanted to take something home (making $8.50 an hour probably also had something to do with it, but our wine experts did the same thing). I also sometimes got to taste much more expensive wine while I was working, and while some of it was outstanding, a lot of it didn’t taste any better to me than the $5-a-bottle stuff. Call me uncultured if you like, but multiple studies have shown that wine experts can’t tell the difference between expensive and inexpensive wine in blind tastings—or worse, that they find dramatic differences when the same wine is served in different bottles. Most incredibly, a 2001 study by Frederic Brochet had 57 experts taste white wine dyed red, and not a single one could tell that it wasn’t red wine.