What Makes a Table Wine?

Posted on March 18, 2014


Table Wine

When it comes to choosing a wine, people can become very specific about their preferences, their experiences and their choices. There seems to be a notion that the kind of wine a person selects can relate to their social status, their wine knowledge and their cultural tastes. While that may be true for some, for the vast majority, wine is a beverage to be enjoyed, not dissected. You choose a wine based on the flavor, by what you are eating or what the price may be. However, there are some distinctions to make when it comes to selecting certain kinds of wine.

There is the celebration wine, gift wine, anniversary wine, trying-to-impress wine and then there is table wine. There are very specific distinctions between the different kinds but let’s attempt to explain how you should go about choosing a table wine. If you have never heard of “table wine”, don’t worry, very easy to figure out.

Wine is usually separated into two types: table wine known as TW and quality wines produced in specific regions known as QWPSR. Table wine is usually lower in quality than other QWPSR wines. Every country has their own description and selection of table wine, but there are commonalities between them all.

Table wine is usually defined as any wine that has a 14% alcohol by volume content. Any wine with an alcohol by volume content of 14-24% is known as dessert wine. This is not to say that table wine is automatically “bad wine.” On the contrary, it can be good tasting wine but is not necessarily considered premium wine. Table wine is the wine that you drink with dinner every night, the wine you drink when you get home from work, the wine you eat with mac ‘n cheese and chicken fingers. If that vintage bottle of French pinot is the Rolls Royce of your wine cabinet then your table wine is the Ford Focus. Common and moderate, but also suitable and safe choice.

But what exactly makes a great table wine? Well, it is really the dealer’s, or drinker’s, choice. You want something that you are going to enjoy drinking, but something that is moderately priced. Most wine experts would agree that you should not spend more than $20-$30 on your table wine selection. Try thumbing through the selections at this New Orleans wine bar. Remember, this is not the wine that you bring as a gift or bust out for celebrations. Talk to your caterer at Holy City Catering for suggestions for table wine that’ll be a hit at celebrations.

This is your everyday wine that you enjoy in moderation. So choose something that you think you will appreciate on those nights that you are staying in and relaxing and just need a glass to sip and enjoy.

Table wines are meant to go with almost anything, and be consumed at almost every occasion. The key is not to over think it. Depending on your taste and budget, a lot of different wines can be a table wine for you.

This post was written by M.G. Bachemin, a marketing associate for Pearl Wine Co. in New Orleans, Louisiana. Learn more about all kinds of wine at pearlwineco.com.

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