LotusEditions-Wines“With wisdom we are always armed.”

As America’s nouveau riche (black women) gravitate towards wine, the world’s wine producers are racing to meet them with mid-level (even bulk) wines (while the nouveau riche of China get the better juice).

There are good wines being sold in the U.S. for under $30, even under $10 (see 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau, $9.99 in NYC), but one should be informed. There are plenty of wines in that range that would be better off in gasoline than in humans.

If your price range is under $30, may we suggest:

  • Younger wines.
  • Second labels of blue chip producers.
  • Champagne over Prosecco.

Some wines that we enjoyed at a recent tasting (available at Eataly in NYC):

  • Bardolino Classico DOC “Vigna Morlongo” 2013 ($10)
  • Valpolicella DOC Superiore Ripasso “Mara” 2012 ($17)

Photograph: Stephen Wise