With gas prices rising and the economy in a general slump there are certain things every individual has to choose to cut back on. Fortunately, wine doesn't have to be one of them. Good wine, that is. There will always be cheap, bottom-shelf, gallon jug and boxed versions of wine available, no matter how much it costs to fill your tank. But cheaper quality wine? Now that's something worth knowing about ahead of time.
Check out the list of selections from Mike Steinberger on slate.com, as he discusses the varying qualities of wines under $15 from different regions (note: pay attention to the hanging laminated signs at the Brown Jug warehouse that read "Italy" or "Spain"). But, if you aren't a oenophile and unsure of what to look for, look for the importer -- this can usually let you know if it's worth getting even though you've never heard of it. Find Steinberger's list of importers here.