What I'm Drinking: Cupcake Vineyards Malbec

To be honest, I'm not sure if it was the fact that I've seen a zillion ads for this brand of wine in various issues of Food & Wine magazine, or the"Cupcake" name that led to a recent purchase of a bottle Cupcake Vineyards Malbec. But, I have to say, cheesy as it may be, I actually do like this wine.

Let's face it, I'm by no means a wine snob, and my reasons for purchasing a one wine over another usually really on three factors: (a) whether I've tried a glass of the wine at a restaurant and liked it, (b) how cute/appealing the label is (yeah, I know, how embarrassing!), and (c) price point. Somewhere around $12 or less is around my price point sweet spot. And, sure, you can pay a lot more for a bottle of wine, but just because it costs a lot, doesn't mean it's particularly better than a less expensive wine, particularly since wine can be so palate-specific.

Other factors that influence my purchase of a certain bottle of wine? The inclusion of any of the following words in the description: chocolate, berries, mocha, vanilla, or coffee. Yeah, clearly I like a glass of wine that tastes like dessert. Maybe one day I'll have a refined palate. Until then, I'll stick with my <$15 wines with their cute labels.

Do you have a favorite vineyard? What's the best budget-friendly wine you've ever purchased?