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Wine Till Sold Out (WTSO) – Value Wines At Your Doorstep

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m sure you saw in my prior posts mention of QPR – Quality Price Ratio. I like wine in general – but being able to achieve high QPR makes it even more enjoyable.  One of the best ways to reach high QPR is to buy wine online. Wine-searcher is the best tool I know to find the wine online, but when it comes to buying wine it is hard to beat Wine Till Sold Out, or WTSO (you can now find them also on Facebook). What I like about WTSO is price (of course), simplicity, reliability and service. They do respond to your e-mails, and answer your questions! The reason I emphasize that is because when you deal with “value” businesses, often you have to give up on some of the elements, like service, for instance – and WTSO is pleasantly different. Information on the web site is simple, easy to understand and comprehensive, and wines are available on, well, first come first serve basis – yep, I missed a few wines are dearly regretted.

Just to give you an idea of what WTSO can bring you, I decided to collect the e-mail notification during one week (week of November 15th), so here is the information in the form of the table:

Date Time Wine Name Rating(s) Original Price WTSO Price Min # ofBottles % off
Nov 15 12:02a Andre Farjon La Deveze Cotes du Rhone 2007 $19.99 $11.99 4 40%
Nov 15 12:50p Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne Reserve Rose NV WS93, WE92 $79.99 $49.99 2 38%
Nov 15 3:01p Bodega LuzDivina Amigo Baloiro Beirzo Mencia 2005 RP 91, W&S90 $30.00 $13.99 4 53%
Nov 15 4:19p Miguel Torres ‘Salmos’ Priorat Red 2007 W&S91,WS90 $39.99 $23.39 3 42%
Nov 15 7:33p Juslyn Vineyards Vineyard Select Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
RP91 $84.99 $49.99 1 41%
Nov 16 12:02a Champagne Charles Ellner Cuvee De Reserve
Brut NV
WS90 $49.99 $29.99 3 40%
Nov 16 11:49a Reserve du Chateau Croix Mouton Bordeaux Superieur 2009 by Michel Rolland and Jean-Philippe Janoueix $23.99 $12.99 4 46%
Nov 16 4:18p Robert Storey Cellars Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2007 by Bill Knuttel JHN92 $31.99 $17.99 4 44%
Nov 16 8:47p Soos Creek Wine Cellars Artist Series #7
Columbia Valley Red Wine 2007
ST89, RP90 $35.99 $17.99 4 50%
Nov 17 12:01a Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2003 RP90 $90.00 $39.99 2 56%
Nov 17 12:00p Valsanzo Vina Sanzo Reuda Verdejo 2009 RP89 $19.99 $10.99 4 45%
Nov 17 3:31p Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards Trilogy
Napa Valley Red Wine 2006
RP90,JHN92 $65.00 $32.49 3 50%
Nov 17 9:32p St. Supery Vineyards & Winery Elu Napa Valley Red Wine 2003 3.0L Double Magnum W&S90,WRO92 $350.00 $159.99 1 54%
Nov 18 12:03a Coelho Winery Paciencia Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir 2007
WS89 $35.99 $14.99 4 58%
Nov 18 10:55a Bodegas Y Vinedos Recoletas Vendimia Seleccionada 2004 RP90 $40.00 $19.99 4 50%
Nov 18 1:34p Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico Irpinia Rosso
IGT 2003
WRO92,TWN92, RP92+ $80 $37.99 3 53%
Nov 18 6:03p I Greppi Greppicante Bolgheri, DOC 2007 WS92,RP90 $29.99 $19.99 4 33%
Nov 19 12:01a Tom Eddy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 JHN94 $90.00 $39.99 2 56%
Nov 19 1:03p Benessere Vineyards Napa Valley Estate Sangiovese 2006 JHN90+ $45.00 $15.99 4 64%
Nov 19 4:01p Gonfrier Freres Chateau de Lyde Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2009 $17.99 $10.99 4 39%
Nov 19 8:02p Portal del Montsant Santbru 2007 RP93 $47.99 $23.00 2 50%
Nov 20 12:02a Maroon Winery Spring Mountain District,
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
$45.00 $19.99 2 56%
Nov 20 8:42a Warwick Estate  Professor Black Stellenbosch
Sauvignon Blanc 2009
WS90 $12.49 $12.49 4 50%
Nov 20 1:07p Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli DOCG 2003 RP91, WS90 $149.99 $59.99 2 60%
Nov 20 5:05p Chateau Bizard Serre de Courrent Cotes du Rhone 2007 $34.99 $19.99 4 43%
Nov 20 6:55p Saintsbury Lee Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir 2007 WS93 $49.99 $29.99 4 40%
Nov 21 12:03a Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico Irpinia Rosso
IGT 2001
WS94, RP92+ $100.00 $49.99 2 50%
Nov 21 11:35a Domaine Fond Croze Cuvee Romanaise Cotes du Rhone 2007 RP91 $18.99 $12.99 4 32%
Nov 21 12:47p Casali di Bibbiano Argante Toscana Red Blend 2006 WS91 $44.99 $18.99 3 58%
Nov 21 4:03p St. Supery Vineyards & Winery Elu Napa Valley Meritage 2004 TWN92 $64.99 $34.99 3 46%
Nov 21 5:50p Domaine Drouhin Arthur Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2007 IWR91, WS91, ST90 $55.00 $19.99 3 64%

To give you an idea about ratings: WS stands for Wine Spectator, RP = Robert Parker, WE = Wine Enthusiast, ST – Stephen Tanzer, WRO = Wine Review Online, TWN = The Wine News, JHN = Jonathan H. Newman. Min # of bottles column specifies minimum number of bottles to buy to get free shipping, which I never saw exceeding 4. Time column specifies the exact time when WTSO e-mail arrived to my mail box.

If you will scroll through the table, you will see that during one week, 31 different wines from California, Oregon, France, Spain, Italy and South Africa had being offered. The discounts ranged from 32% to the 64%, and wine ratings had being the range of 89 – 94.

Is WTSO The place to get all your wines? Of course not – you can’t beat good wine store, such as Cost Less Wines I talked about before. However, combination of QPR and good service definitely should put WTSO on your short list of places to buy the wine from. Happy hunting!

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  1. David Kelter
    December 5, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for sharing. WTSO is now becoming very popular and if you don’t act fast then you may end up empty handed. This has happened a couple of times. I have also compared their prices and found them to be at the bottom end of the the spectrum, especially when you order enough to cover free shipping. There is another site I have had very good results with and that is called “Wine Access”. they go into more depth about each wine they offer, and they also have a high QPR. cheers!

    • talkavino
      December 5, 2011 at 9:57 am

      David,

      thank you very much for your comment! Will definitely take a look at WineAccess. I think overall there is an ever increasing amount of good wines available everywhere, but people are constantly looking for deals, so lots of retailers, internet and not, are offering interesting deals quite often.

      Anatoli

  2. jruplinger
    May 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    One of the best wine stores I have found is Golden Gate Wine Cellars. Frank Melis, the owner, is one of the most helpful people I have run into and a top notch Napa wine expert. He always has something new and unique in the store.

    • talkavino
      May 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you for your comment! It is great to have an access to the wine store you can trust!

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