Is "plonk" a pejorative? As I understand it, the British slang for ordinary wine doesn't mean merely "cheap," but "boring." No wine should be boring, but there's no shame in a good wine being cheap. The real question - and the answer may be different for each of us - is how much we are prepared to forgive if the price is right.
Both the wines rated here, for example, seem a bit light-bodied and thin. My wife, sipping the Duca Leonardo without knowing what was in her glass, mused, "It's thin. It tastes like Chianti with a little water in it." She sniffed, took another sip, and added, "But I like it. It's interesting." And that, to me, is what distinguishes good cheap wine from "plonk."
Duca Leonardo 1997 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($3.99)
FOOD MATCH: Pizza, of course!
Pepperwood Grove 1998 California Syrah ($5.99)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with a pan-grilled T-bone.
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