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In which countries is it most expensive to buy wine?

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When we travel, one of the things that most strikes us from new places we visit, are the price differences in consumer products. It is easy to find surprises in such everyday things as public transportation, some food and, of course, alcoholic beverages in general. Wine in particular is no exception.

Recently, the company MoveHub have done a study of the average price of a bottle of wine in different parts of the world, making, based on the data provided by the California Wine Institute, a ranking of the most expensive countries.

The result, which comes from statistics of countries on five continents, shows a clear tendency to find the most expensive wines in luxury tourist destinations, tax havens and oil-rich Middle Eastern countries, while in Europe in general, wine is more affordable, except in Iceland, which with an average price of 19.42 Euros, is ranked as the third most expensive country in the world.

Below you can find the top 3 countries where enjoying a bottle of wine may prove more prohibitive:

  1. Marshall Islands. This archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has the record of average price per bottle, with £18,57. Bearing in mind that to get there you have to literally walk half a world, we do not believe that the lucky ones who can afford it matter a lot.
  2. Indonesia. A little closer, but not too much, this island country located between Southeast Asia and Oceania is in second place, with £17,49.
  3. Iceland. We knew the Icelandic cod, but we did not assume that accompanying it with wine would be quite expensive, with an average price of £16,56.

The remaining countries to the tenth position worldwide are Singapore, with £16,51, Jordan, £16,05, Qatar, £15,61, Cayman Islands, £15,18, Maldives, £14,9, Emirates United Arab Emirates, £14,46 and, closing the ranking, Aruba, with £14,18.

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5 less known wine regions worth noticing

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When we talk about wine and designations of origin there is a tendency of conservatism amongst consumers, in the sense that many of us do not change from our best-valued appellations or even grapes variety, once we find one wine that suits our taste. But, while it is true that the popularisation of wine culture has allowed us to reach wines from the most diverse backgrounds, we normally stick to two or three names we know best. We will present five regions of which you probably never heard of, but that they are well worth noticing.

Canary Islands (Spain)

Even in Spain one can find wine regions that surprise us, as is the case of the Canary Islands, especially Tenerife, where volcanic soils around Teide give the wines a distinctive flavor, in addition to the Listan grapes used for red wines, and Malvasia, star of sparkling and dry and sweet whites.

West Sussex (England)

In addition to its beer and spirits, the UK also worth a visit for its wines, at least the county in southern England that has taken the production of wine seriously. It has ideal conditions, with a chalky soil similar to the French region of Champagne, and the end results are as good as is the ones of their counterparts across the English Channel.

Styria (Austria)

An area often ignored in favor of the regions west of the Danube, but that has hidden gems, wines made from grapes like Pinot Blanc (Pinot Blanc), Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Morillon.

Prince Edward County (Canada)

This Canadian region borders with the state of New York (United States), in addition to beautiful scenery, has a very favourable soil for cultivation consisting predominantly of limestone. This provides a refreshing flavor to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produced here, in addition there are excellent examples of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Thailand

Indeed, in Southeast Asia grapes are also grown, and with them wines that are really worth trying, especially those produced with Syrah. A destination best known for its resorts and paradisiacal beaches not so much for its wines. We recommend testing their wines if you travel to this remote but great tourist country.

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9 bars to enjoy a good wine in Paris

 TAGS:undefinedAlthough Spain is emerging as one of the most gastronomic countries, Paris is still famous for its cuisine, champagne and good wines. If you go to Paris for a romantic getaway or holidays, this is where you’ll get the city’s best wines.

  1. Madeleine L’Écluse. Here, you can taste delicious Bordeaux wines and other regional specialities. Don’t miss out on the good desserts and cheeses to accompany your wine.
  2. Grands Augustins. Rich desserts and an exceptional charcuterie are the hallmarks of this bar, with wines from official French appellations.
  3. Nicolas Bercy. They offer a menu of about 15 different wines. One can choose to drink them per glass or bottle, in addition to eating good and traditional French delicacies.
  4. Vinomania. The name says it all, tasty wines, from various designations of origin and also a selection of new and rare wines.
  5. Le Comptoir Marguery. Try out and taste various types of wines and champagnes.
  6. Le Tambour. This small bar has an unpretentious cuisine accompanied by local wines. Moreover, the kitchen is open until 3.00 am.
  7. Avant Comptoir. The decoration of the bars and restaurants of Paris is often very exclusive and personal, this is also the case at  the Avant Comptoir which offers a varied menu of dishes and a large assortment of wines.
  8. Aux Bons Crus. A small, unknown wine bar that offers regional specialities. The wines are selected by the owner of the bar.
  9. O Chateau. A popular bar that offers an abundance of well-known wines, cheeses, good food and an excellent atmosphere. It is frequented both by Parisians and tourists.

And alas, if you do not have the opportunity to travel to Paris, you can always have a glass of good French wine to console yourself. Cheers! 

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