11/20/2012 12:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Good Value Wines for the Holidays (VIDEO)

Fortunately, when it comes to evaluating wines, price is not necessarily the key defining metric for determining a good wine to drink. In this video, Bruce Bauer, a wine aficianado and proprietor of VINO, a boutique wine shop in Portland, Oregon, shares some of his favorite moderate to low prices wines from the Pacific Northwest region and around the world.

Bauer provides solid wine buying tips in addition to specific recommendations, including suggestions for pairing certain styles of wine with different foods, flavor differences between oak barrel versus stainless steel barrel fermented wines, and a general guide to some of the defining characteristics of rieslings, malbec's, and other wine varietals. There's even a short demonstration on a simple way to open a bottle of sparkling wine.

To read the entire post and see a list of the current wine prices, please visit Cooking Up a Story. Video originally published on Food.Farmer.Earth.