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My Case For Bringing The End Of The World Back

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

DSC_0022 Gatos Locos Pinot NoirAnd why would anyone want to bring that “end of the world” craziness back, you ask? I’m sure many of the “preparedness kit” sellers would love that, as they would make ton of money [again]. My case is exactly opposite – I’m talking about saving money. On the critical “end of the world” necessity. Yep, wine.

As you could’ve notice in this blog, I’ve been a long time aficionado of Wine Til Sold Out (WTSO), which offers amazing savings on the wines. About half a year back, thedrunkencyclist introduced me to another value wine source – Last Bottle Wines.  Last Bottle Wines operates very similarly to WTSO – one wine at a time, usually at a great price, and minimum number of bottles to buy in order to get free shipping. There are few differences compare to WTSO – for one, the wines are not shipped during hot months, unless you will make special arrangements (everything you buy is accumulated and shipped once weather allows). Another distinction is the fact that less than $10 wines are offered quite often.

Getting back to the “end of the world” connection. Couple of days before the end of the world was supposed to take place (December 21st, 2012 for those who happily dropped that date from the memory), Last Bottle Wines declared “end of the world” marathon. They were offering tremendous number of wines at a great prices, with no minimum quantity in order to get free shipping. Caveat? If the world ends, you are not getting your wines. Fair? I think so. Also, all the wines you buy are accumulated into one order which shipped after the new year. Fair again.

The only way to learn about new offerings was by clicking “refresh” in your browser all the time. But this inconvenience was a small price to pay for the gems which were offered. Well, forget the gems – great value wines we are talking about.

Need an example of a great value wine? Easy. 2007 Vine Hill Gatos Locos Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains. Beautiful smoky nose. Dark dense fruit on the palate, ripe plums but precisely ripe and not over-extracted, coffee notes. Supple tannins, good acidity. Structure. Finesse. Balance.  All for $9 (no, I’m not missing at least 1 in front or 0 at the end). And the person of a limited intelligence, who is writing this right now (yep, me), bought only two bottles (!). Well my only excuse – I had no idea…

All in all I got 5 different wines, for the total of one case (12 bottles), for which I paid a whooping $78…

DSC_0020 Last Bottle Wines selection

I also tried 2006 Clos Chanteduc Cotes du Rhone, which was very good, but not as amazing as the Gatos Locos Pinot.

So this is my case for asking to bring the “end of the world” back – may be, may be the Last Bottle Wines would do another sale, and I will be able to find more great wines at a great prices. On another hand, there is always hope that they would just have another sale without waiting for the next “end of the world” to be declared. We can even drink to that. Cheers!

  1. January 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I am still very upset I missed that sale. For whatever reason…

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

      That was not not the purpose of my post… Don’t worry – there will be more sales : )

      • January 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

        If there is one thing I learned about the U.S. since moving here, it is that: There will always be more sales…

  2. January 15, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I love the concept of WTSO and Last Bottle wines. In fact, every time you wrote about them, I wished someone would start an online-business like that in the European Union.
    I’m happy for you that you got these five wines at a ridicule price 🙂

    But wait a minute – Did I just read Pinot Gris on that bottle? I thought it’s one of those grapes you absolutely dislike?!

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Whoa! There are no grapes which I dislike – the same grapes produces totally different results in different places. I don’t care that much for an actual Pinot Grigio from Italy (or California, for that matter), but Pinot Gris from Oregon or Alsace are spectacular wines for the most of the cases.
      This particular one is Pinot Gris from Argentina – never had it before and very curious to try.

      • January 15, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Oh. I thought I remembered you saying that you avoid Pinot Grigio. Pinot Gris is just another name for the same grape in my opinion.
        I’m looking forward to your tasting notes then 🙂 (if you intend to review the wine)

        • talkavino
          January 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

          Julian, I know that Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape. However, while grape is important, terroir and winemaking are a lot more important – the fact that you like Sangiovese, doesn’t mean that you will equally like Brunello, Chianti and Sangiovese wines from California and Texas…
          If I don’t care for most of Italian Pinot Grigio wines ( and there are exceptions here – Elena Walch, Livio Felluga, Sant’Elena, etc.) doesn’t mean that I will not like any other wines made from the same grape…

      • January 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

        I did not mean to cause any offense.
        You are right that Sangiovese can taste very different in different wines. I see your point now with Pinot Gris.

        • talkavino
          January 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

          you did not : ) I just wanted to make sure we get on the same page : )

  3. January 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Wow! Thanks for introducing me to not one, but two new wine shipping sites. This is fantastic!

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks for the comment and glad to be of service!

  4. January 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    As always, thanks for the shout out Anatoli–I got a few bottles, but only a few from the sale. My wife has decided to put the kibosh on wine purchases. Sigh….

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      well, I’m trying to restrict my wine buying as much as possible – both money and space are an issue. having said that, $6 for decent wine and no minimum requirements – hard to resist…
      And I think next time my wife hears FedEx call about delivery, random heavy objects might start flying in my direction

  5. January 15, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you for the tips, Anatoli!
    What you got sure sounds like a sweet deal (with the added bonus that the world did not end!)

    • talkavino
      January 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Yes, Stefano, I fully agree with you – the world didn’t end, so there will be more deals like this : )

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