Obscure grapes can be a better value
Ever hear of pinot noir or nebbiolo? They’re finicky grapes to grow, and go into some of the world’s most expensive wines. How about arinto, loureira, nero d’Avola, cariñena, or albariño? No? Well, wines made from more obscure grapes are usually cheap, but not because the quality is lacking. Try 'em -- you might just take home your new favorite grape variety (at your new favorite price).
This goes for wine regions, too. The more well-known it is, the more you’re likely to have to pay for it. Right now, Spain and Portugal are your bank account’s friends. Some areas, like Northern Italy and France’s Jura, are hot with wine geeks; don’t go there, because you’ll pay for that cachet.