About two weeks ago, on February 20th, WTSO (Wine Til Sold Out), one of my very favorite purveyors of great QPR wines, had another one of their Cheapskate events – all the wines are priced from $7.99 to $18.99, offered in the quantities of four, new wines are offered every 15 minutes or sooner, and all the notifications about new wines are only coming out on the Twitter. While I was on vacation and couldn’t take advantage of any offers, my faithful computer did its best to collect the information (which in the end of the day made me upset as I saw how many great deals I missed).
As I have done it before, I would like to share with you all the data, so you too can get upset – or not, as you can instead be happy about all the money you saved. Let me add few observations here. There were about 130 wines offered. Very few wines lasted 15 minutes, many wines disappeared in a matter of couple of minutes. I counted four very strange glitches, where the wine was seemingly offered at WTSO web site, but not showing up in the twitter stream – if you followed the event and saw that too, I would like to know what you think about it. This is definitely a first time for me observing such a discrepancy (not that this is all that essential though).
Before I will leave you with the data, here is the usual guide to rating abbreviations: WS – Wine Spectator, WA – Wine Advocate, ST – Steven Tanzer, WE – Wine Enthusiast, WRO – Wine Review Online, W&S – Wine and Spirits, JS – James Suckling, RP – Robert Parker, JHN – Jonathan H. Newman, D – Decanter Magazine, rating goes in stars ( 5 stars is max), JH – James Halliday, TRR – The Rhone Report, BH – Burghound.
Enjoy and cheers!
About a week ago, on Wednesday, August 8th, Wine Til Sold Out … yes, did it again. It was their “Super-Wednesday” sale, which usually takes place once in 3 month. That was one “no holds barred” event, I can tell you. And I don’t even mean the prices, which are usually unquestionable at WTSO, I’m primarily talking about the speed at which wines were disappearing…
90+ different wines were sold, in the total quantity of more than 72,000 (!) bottles. I managed to get only one of the wines, and three times I was … yes, late (the most upsetting one was when wine disappeared while I was entering my credit card info!).
Anyway, in case you missed the event, I got it all for you here – well, most of it, as some of the wines went too fast (hmmm, I think I already said that). As usual, here is the guide to ratings: WS – Wine Spectator, WA – Wine Advocate, WE – Wine Enthusiast, W&S – Wine & Spirits, ST – Steven Tanzer, JHN – Jonathan H. Newman, WRO – Wine Review Online, RP – Robert Parker, JS – James Suckling, JH – James Halliday.
Let’s start from the usual routine – the answer for the Wine Quiz #21 – Do you Know the King? Similar to the previous quiz, this one also had a diversity of opinion as to which wine is called a “King of the Wines”. And the answer is … Barolo!
Believe it or not, but until the middle of the 19th century Barolo was a sweet wine (it probably sounds funny for anyone who experienced the power of Barolo) due to the deficiencies of the winemaking process. In the second half of the 19th century, invited French oenologist managed to change the winemaking process which resulted in production of completely dry wine. This dry Barolo wine became so popular among nobility of Turin that it was often described as “the king of wine” (here is a link for you with more information on the subject). Now that you know the king, you can enjoy Barolo even more (but don’t forget to decant it!).
Now it is time for the wine news. Let’s start form the Wine Blogging Wednesday #79 – Summer Reading, Summer Wine. This is probably one of the more difficult WBW events, as you are required not to drink the wine yourself, but rather explain to the world what kind of wine your favorite fiction character should be drinking, and why. I’m still not decided if I will will be writing my blog post for #wbw79 – may be yes, may be no – but I’m sure it will be fun to read what the other people will have to say.
Now, all the wine lovers who like value – please pay special attention. Wine Till Sold Out (a.k.a. WTSO) Cheapskate Wednesday is coming up on August 8th. Starting at 6 am Eastern, deeply discounted wines will be offered for sale every 15 minutes or may be even faster. All the wines will be priced in the range of $7.99 to $18.99 and you will have to buy 4 bottles or more to get free shipping. These “marathon” events are usually offering great values and shouldn’t be missed – here are couple of reports (one and two) I compiled from the past events in case you want to have a frame of reference. Get your cellar ready!
Moving along. Next, I want to bring to your attention two more interesting posts. First, W. Blake Gray wrote about the results of market research of consumers’ emotional attachment to the brand (of course primarily concerning alcohol brands). This is pretty short post (here is the link) – read it, some of the results are staggering and hilarious at the same time.
Last but not least: if you love wine and live in a close proximity of Boston (remember, airplanes are known to greatly shorten the distances), there is a restaurant you must visit until the end of August. Why? Because this restaurant (Troquet) is offering mind boggling dealson superbly aged wines (1966 Bordeaux for $75? unreal…) – for more details, please read this post by Richard Auffrey who writes The Passionate Foodie blog.
That’s all for today, folks. Hope you enjoyed this Meritage, and don’t worry – the next Wednesday will be here much sooner than you are expecting, so we will be talking again. And… don’t forget to leave a comment. And – think about your #WBW79 post. Cheers!
Once again, Wine Till Sold Out (a.k.a WTSO), one of my favorite online wine stores, had its “Super Wednesday” – an event which takes place about 4 times a year where the wines are sold online in rapid succession. Compared to some of the past “Super Wednesday” events (here is the post about the one from about a year ago) WTSO changed the model slightly. Previously, during Super Wednesday WTSO was offering wines at any price range, but as of lately, the wines are limited in price up to $18.99, and therefore all the wines have the same minimum quantity requirements of 4 bottles (minimum quantity is required to receive a free shipping, you can technically buy wine in any quantity). Considering that limited cost, these events are even called “Cheapskate Wednesday” now.
Quite honestly, I like the old model more – when it comes to the unknown wines, even at a lower cost, I usually buy one bottle just to try, and then more if I like the first one – as I don’t know majority of the wines offered in the events such as this one, paying $40 to $76 for 4 bottles of wine I might not like is not a great proposition – my preference is to look for the gems (and WTSO is The Place to find them), and to get one or two bottles of the wine which looks more interesting instead of four bottles of unknown wine.But if you know the wines, then of course there are lots of values to be had – but you have to act fast – and you have to use Twitter, as it is the only place where each new wine is advertized.
Anyway, I collected information about all the wines which were offered. I used different approach this year, so between improved Twitter and automated web site snapshots, I was able to collect a lot more information compare to the previous posts. Before I will present the full table to you, here are some of the comments and notes. The whole event took about 18 hours, from 6 AM Eastern until midnight on the same day, February 15th. About 100 wines had being offered, from $7.99 to $18.99. Some wines lasted only for a couple of minutes, and some lasted for 20 minutes or a bit longer ( very few). A lot of wines had being rated on the 100 points scale. Here is a quick guide to the rating abbreviations: WS – Wine Spectator, WA – Wine Advocate, ST – Steven Tanzer, WE – Wine Enthusiast, WRO – Wine Review Online, W&S – Wine and Spirits, MS – Mari Stull, JHN – Jonathan H. Newman, D – Decanter Magazine, rating goes in stars ( 5 stars is max). And here is the table:
|Time||Wine Name||Rating||Orig. Price||WTSO Price||% off|
|6:00a||Soda Rock Winery Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||JHN91||$35.00||$14.99||57%|
|6:08a||Bodegas Y Vinedos Pujanza Pujanza Rioja DOC 2007||WA91||$34.99||$16.99||51%|
|6:30a||Encantado (You Know The Winery!) Carneros Chardonnay 2010||$32.00||$13.99||56%|
|6:36a||I Greppi Greppicante Bolgheri, DOC 2008||WS90||$29.99||$15||50%|
|6:48a||Bodegas Silvano Garcia Vina Honda Crianza Jumilla, Spain 2006||WA91, ST90||$21.99||$12.99||41%|
|6:59a||St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Sonoma County Syrah 2006||$20.00||$12.99||35%|
|7:17a||Villa Andretti Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009||$28.00||$11.99||57%|
|7:24a||St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Claret Sonoma County Red Blend 2007||41%|
|7:28a||Toad Hall Cellars Carneros, Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2007||JHN91-92||$25.00||$14.99||40%|
|7:32a||Clos Du Bois North Coast Chardonnay 2010||50%|
|7:39a||Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007||WRO89||$35.00||$18.99||46%|
|7:42a||Andre Farjon La Deveze Cotes du Rhone 2007 By Philippe Cabie||40%|
|7:47a||Thumbprint Cellars Three Some Winemaker’s Reserve Sonoma County 2008||$45.00||$17.99||60%|
|7:55a||Adobe Road Winery Alexander Valley Meritage 2005||62%|
|7:59a||Chateau Galand Bordeaux Superieur AOC 2005||$31.49||$12.99||59%|
|8:04a||David Bruce Winery Los Gatos Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2009||$24.99||$14.99||40%|
|8:19a||Turn 4 Bennett Lane Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008||$25.99||$15.99||38%|
|8:33a||Inman Faily Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2006||ST90||$45.00||$17.99||60%|
|8:44a||Wine Guerrilla Coffaro Vineyards Block 1 Old Vine Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009||$40.00||$17.99||55%|
|8:52a||Bouchaine Vineyards Napa Valley Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2006||92||53%|
|8:59a||Shadowood Alexander Valley Merlot Reserve 2008||JHN92||$31.99||$13.99||56%|
|9:03a||Chateau de Lyde Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2009||$17.99||$9.99||44%|
|9:15a||Mario Perelli-Minetti Winery Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007||93||64%|
|9:18a||Montes Limited Selection Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 #82 Top 100 2011 WE!|
|9:22a||Villa Petriolo Chianti DOCG 2008||$19.99||$9.99||50%|
|9:37a||Mathis Wines Sonoma Valley Grenache 2006||MS90||$39.99||$15.99||60%|
|9:53a||Starry Night Winery Lodi Zinfandel 2007||50%|
|9:59a||Bodegas Ondarre Reserva Rioja 2004 #58 Top 100 Wines 2010!||WS91, D****||$22.99||$11.49||50%|
|10:18a||Kingsford Manor Winery Napa Valley Rose Wine 2010||JHN88||$18.99||$8.99||53%|
|10:33a||Chateau Pavillon Bel-Air Lalande de Pomerol 2006||91||55%|
|10:38a||Sergio Mionetto Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Sergio Rose N/V||$14.99||$12.09||19%|
|10:55a||Oriel Wines Sygnet McLaren Vale Shiraz 2004 93WE!||93||73%|
|10:58a||Chateau De Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2009 By Aelie Aubert||WS89||$18.99||$10.99||42%|
|11:15a||Spicerack Vineyards Punchdown Sonoma Coast Syrah 2008||ST88+||$29.99||$13.99||53%|
|11:30a||Soda Rock Winery Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2009||$28.00||$14.99||46%|
|11:45a||Bodegas Rejadorada Rosum Joven 2009||$12.99||$7.99||38%|
|12:00p||Pessagno Winery Idyll Times Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007||WE90, CG90||$40.00||$17.99||55%|
|12:05p||Brancott Estate Classic Range Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010||WRO91||$13.99||$8.49||39%|
|12:15p||Veraonte Winery Ritual Casablanca Valley, Chile Pinot Noir 2007||40%|
|12:22p||Grupo Bodegas Olarra Ondarre Cava Brut Millenium N/V||$21.99||$10.99||50%|
|12:43p||Rouvre Saint Leger Laudun Cotes du Rhone Villages Blanc 2009 by Philippe Cabie||$30.00||$17.99||40%|
|12:57p||Kunde Faily Estate Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007||WS87||$20.99||$9.99||52%|
|1:15p||Azienda Agricola Piancornello Rosso di Montalcino DOCG 2009||90||45%|
|1:21p||Terre Domini Solare Prosecco N/V||$12.99||$8.99||31%|
|1:38p||Infinity Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009||$24.99||$12.99||48%|
|1:53p||Thumbprint Cellars Winemakers Reserve Four Play Alexander Valley Red 2009||JHN91-92||$45.00||$17.99||60%|
|2:09p||Juslyn Vineyards Spring Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2008||WA87||$34.99||$14.99||57%|
|2:17p||Bodegas Poesia Clos Des Andes Malbec Reserva 2006 92 WA! 90-92 ST!||WA92, ST90-92||$36.99||$16.99||54%|
|2:33p||Nord Vineyards Estate Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004||90||68%|
|2:37p||Boisset Faily Estates Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage 2008||$19.99||$10.99||45%|
|2:52p||Petizos Mendoza Malbec 2007||$14.99||$9.99||33%|
|3:00p||Bodegas Beronia Rioja Rosado Tempranillo 2010||$21.99||$10.99||50%|
|3:15p||Mockingbird Hill Winery Sonoma County Chardonnay Reserve 2010 By Zach Long||JHN91+||$27.00||$12.99||52%|
|3:27p||Chateau Le Gardera Bordeaux Superieur Grand Vin De Bordeaux 2008||WS89||$15.99||$8.99||44%|
|3:36p||Sola Winery Napa Valley Zinfandel 2006||58%|
|3:41p||Clos des Miran Cuvee Speciale Cotes Du Rhone 2009||$15.99||$9.99||44%|
|3:51p||The Barrister Sonoma County Red Wine 2010||JHN92||$35.00||$14.99||57%|
|4:04p||Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel Pena Roble Ribera del Duero Joven 2007||90||56%|
|4:13p||Maxwell Creek Winery Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009||$22.99||$11.49||50%|
|4:18p||Chateau Tanesse Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2009||$20.99||$10.99||48%|
|4:33p||Doolittle Farms Moniz Vineyards St Helena, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008||JHN92||$40.00||$17.99||55%|
|4:38p||Noyes Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007||JHN91-92||$34.99||$18.99||46%|
|4:54p||Bodegas Poesia Pasodoble Mendoza Proprietary Blend 2007||WA89||$15.99||$9.99||38%|
|5:09p||Lincourt Vineyards Santa Rita Hills Unoaked Chardonnay 2010||JS90||$19.99||$12.09||40%|
|5:23p||Yokayo Wines Buteo Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007||50%|
|5:31p||Pope Valley Winery Eakle Ranch, Napa Valley Red 2007||JHN91||$30.00||$13.49||55%|
|5:38p||Cline Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007|
|5:42p||Villa Rocca IGT Pinot Grigio 2011||$15.00||$9.99||33%|
|5:56p||Orentano Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2005||$36.00||$17.99||50%|
|6:14p||Fitch Mountain Cellars Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 by Mike Duffy||pp|
|6:18p||Cantina Pieve Vecchia Chorum Montecucco Sangiovese DOC 2007||WE88||$18.99||$9.99||47%|
|6:36p||Madonna Estate Carneros, Napa Valley Pinot Noir Reserve 2008||JHN92||$40.00||$17.99||55%|
|6:52p||Conti Serristori Chianti Classico DOCG 2007||$19.99||$10.99||45%|
|7:08p||Vina Almirante Albarino Vanidade Rias Baixas 2010||WA90||$23.99||$12.99||46%|
|7:19p||Mumm Napa Carneros Pinot Noir 2007||$32.99||$16.49||50%|
|7:26p||Bell Canyon Cellars Napa Valley Estate Vineyards Red Blend 2009||JHN91-92||$27.99||$12.99||54%|
|7:33p||Bodega LuzDivina Aigo Vinademoya Mencia 2006||WA90||$21.99||$9.99||55%|
|7:54p||Mazzocco Winery Mendocino County Hopland, California Sauvignon Blanc 2009||JHN88-89||$16.99||$9.99||41%|
|8:04p||Massimo Rivetti Serraboella Barbera d’Alba Red Wine 2005||91||65%|
|8:09p||Thumbprint Cellars Winemakers Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009|
|8:11p||Ottimino Ottimino Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2006||WE89||$32.99||$13.99||58%|
|8:27p||Abadia da Cova Ribeira Sacra Barrica Mencia 2008 93 W&S!||W&S93||$28.99||$13.99||52%|
|8:43p||Stonehedge Winery Terroir Select Pallini Ranch, Mendocino Zinfandel 2006||JHN90||$30.00||$13.99||53%|
|8:56p||Vinedos de Villaester Taurus Toro Tempranillo 2005||WA88, ST88||$14.99||$8.99||40%|
|9:15p||Maison Alain Paret Valvigneyre Cotes-Du-Rhone Viognier 2009||WS88||$22.00||$10.99||50%|
|9:27p||Abelis Carthago Lui Selection Castilla Leon Red 2005||WA90||$28.00||$14.49||50%|
|9:50p||Jermann Venezia Giulia IGT Sauvignon Blanc 2008||WA88||$35.00||$15.99||54%|
|10:06p||Oriel Wines Midnight Rabler Rutherford, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||WS88, WE87||$35.00||$16.99||51%|
|10:16p||Carles Andreu Cava Brut Nature Reserve N/V||WA87||$33.00||$13.29||60%|
|10:31p||Benessere Vineyards Napa Valley Rosato 2009||JHN88||$18.99||$8.99||53%|
|10:47p||Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2007||89||58%|
|10:53p||Passalacqua Heritage EstateGia Domella Cabernet2006 by Nick Goldschmidt||WE90||$39.99||$14.99||63%|
|10:57p||St. Francis Winery Behler Vineyard Sonoma County Estate Merlot Blend 2005||JHN92+||$45.00||$18.99||58%|
|11:04p||Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Malbec Mendoza 2009 #58 Top 100 Wines 2011 WS!|
|11:10p||Croix de Basson Cotes de Provence Organic Red Wine 2007||$16.99||$9.99||41%|
|11:26p||Bodegas Vistalba Tomero Malbec Mendoza 2010||$19.99||$9.99||50%|
|11:33p||Valley Gate Vineyards Versada Vineyard, Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009||JHN93-94||$39.99||$15.99||60%|
|11:49p||Sonoma Acres Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009||JHN92+||$29.99||$13.99||53%|
|11:55p||Fattoria Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva 2007||91||53%|
Happy analysis! Enjoy! And don’t forget to grab a glass of your favorite wine while you will be at it. Cheers!
As you could’ve noticed, I’m a big fun of Wine Till Sold Out (WTSO). For the majority of the cases, WTSO is offering good wines at very good prices, which for me is one of the most important things when buying the wine – I like value, a good QPR. As a quick reminder, WTSO offers one wine for sale at a deep discount at any given moment – and if you want to know more about how this service works, you can read about it here.
What prompted me to write yet another blog post was the WTSO 24-hours marathon, which took place on Tuesday, April 26th. During such Marathon (it happens periodically), , which lasts for 24 hours the new wine is offered for sale every 15 minutes, or even sooner. It is somewhat challenging to collect all the information about wines offered during the marathon, as the new wines are announced only through the SMS or on Twitter and not via e-mail. Those messages are short, and typically only provide wine name, ratings (if any) and the discount percentage. As you will see below, I was able to capture some additional information, but this was a very tasking manual process (time to write a special app ). Also it was very difficult to capture the exact timing of the new wines coming in, so again I did what I can.
In the table below you will easily see some amazing deals, like Chateau Petrus 2004 at $479 (it is not even the price at 54% off, it is just sheer availability – and it lasted online for only 4 minutes), or Chateau Lascombes 2005 at $49.99. One last note before you can devour the information – here is explanation for wine rating abbreviation: WS – Wine Spectator, WA – Wine Advocate, RP – Robert Parker (equivalent to Wine Advocate for most cases), WE – Wine Enthusiast, W&S – Wine & Spirits magazine, WRO – Wine Review Online, ST – Steven Tanzer, IWC – International Wine Cellars (associated with Steven Tanzer), JN – Jonathan H. Newman (wine importer), BH – Bourghound (great source for Burgundy wine ratings).
Now, here it is – enjoy!
|Time||Wine Name||Rating(s)||Original Price||WTSO Price||Min # of Btls||% off|
|12:00a||Burgess 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon||68|
|6:00a||Antiyal Antiyal Maipo Valley 2006||92||57|
|Sturino Trotta Cellars Special Select Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||$120||$39.99||2||67|
|Tenimenti Angelini Val Di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2003||91WS||$67.99||$33.99||3||50|
|Chateau Langoa Barton St. Julien Bordeaux 2005||92||50|
|Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brut Vintage 2000||93 C.G, 92WA||$75||$43.99||2||41|
|Tom Eddy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005||94||56|
|7:00a||Schubert Estate Goose Yard Block Barossa Valley Shiraz 2006||JN96, 95||50|
|Terra Valentine Spring Mountain District Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006.||90||45|
|Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Winery Rio Vista Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2006|
|Pine Ridge Vineyards Carneros Napa ValleyDijon Clones Chardonnay 2007||90||41|
|Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port 1999||92 W&S, 92||49|
|8:00a||Chateau Petrus Pomerol 2006, Free 2nd Day Air||93||49|
|Brookdale Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||92WE||$49.99||$24.99||2||50|
|Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2004||95WS||$69.99||$48.99||2||30|
|Solaria Brunello di Montalcino 123 Sangiovese Grosso 2004||93 WE, 90||$99.99||$59.99||1||40|
|Chateau Lascombes Grand Cru Classe Margaux, Bordeaux 2005||95WA||$129.99||$49.99||2||62|
|Amethyst Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002||91||56|
|9:00a||Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien Bordeaux Blend 2006 #64 Top 100 WS||94|
|Giovanni Rosso Barolo Storico Nebbiolo 2004||89||$65.99||$28.99||2||56|
|Rudd Estate Crossroads Estate Grown Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||$74.99||$35.99||2||52|
|Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2003||90||$110.00||$45.99||2||58|
|Roquette E Cazes Xisto Douro 2004||90||67|
|Vignamaggio Wine Obsession Toscana IGT 2004||91WS, 90WA||$70.00||$39.99||1||43|
|Pillar Rock Vineyard Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||$125.00||$39.99||2||68|
|10:00a||Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico Irpinia Rosso IGT 2003||92WA, 92WRO||$85.00||$37.99||2||55|
|St. Francis Winery Behler Vineyard Sonoma County Estate Merlot Blend 2005||92||$45.00||$21.99||4||51|
|Chateau Angelus Premier Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion Bordeaux 2006||95WA, 95WE||$250.00||$144.99||1|
|Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2004||91WS||$69.99||$39.99||1||43|
|Domaine Louis Latour Chambertin Grand Cru Cuvee Heritiers Latour 2007||93WS, 91BH||$250.00||$110.99||1||52|
|11.00a||Bodegas Los Astrales Astrales Ribera Del Duero 2007||94WE, 92||47|
|Broadbent Vintage Port 2003||90||59|
|Illumination Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2008||95WE, 95||44|
|Round Pond Estate Rutherford, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003||92JN||$70.00||$24.99||4||64|
|Domaine Du Vieux Lazaret Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Exceptionnelle Red 2005||94WA||$54.99||$38.79||2||29|
|Juslyn Vineyards Vineyard Select Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003||91WA||$84.99||$44.99||2||47|
|Quixote Winery Panza Stag’s Leap Ranch, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005||93JN||$49.99||$24.99||3||50|
|12:00p||Mitolo Wines Savitar McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007||93WA||$75.00||$37.49||3||50|
|Domaine du Galet des Papes Chateaneuf-du-Papes Vieilles Vignes 2007||91WS||$49.99||$29.99||3||40|
|Silver Oak Cellars Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||95WRO, 92WE||$84.99||$54.99||2||35|
|Domaine Louis Latour Romanee Saint Vivant Grand Cru Les Quatre Journaux 2003||91||48|
|Tenuta San Giorgio Ugolforte Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2003||91RP||$71.99||$34.99||2||51|
|Enkidu Wines Kick Ranch Sonoma County Syrah 2006||94||35|
|1:00p||Round Pond Estate Rutherford, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||92WE||$64.99||$25.99||4||60|
|Champagne Charles Ellner Cuvee De Reserve Brut NV||92WS, 90WA||$49.99||$24.99||4||50|
|Two Hands Wines Charlie’s Patch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||92ST, 90+WA||$124.99||39.99||2||69|
|Barone Ricasoli Casalferro Toscana IGT 2004||92||48|
|Xtant Wines Xtant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003||92||60|
|Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut 1998||92||45|
|Azienda Agricola Cavalier Bartolomeo Barolo Solanotto Altenasso DOCG 2005||89||60|
|Benessere Vineyards Napa Valley Phenomenon 2004||92||43|
|Rodney Strong Vineyards Symmetry Alexander Valley Meritage Red Wine 2007||94WE|
|2:19p||Solena Estate Domaine Danielle Laurent Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2007||91ST, 90WE||$47.99||$27.99||3||42|
|Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007||92||29|
|2:33P||Champagne de Venoge Brut Champagne Rose NV||90WS||79.99||39.99||2||50|
|Celler Laurona Laurona Falset 2005||91WA, 90||53|
|Page Wine Cellars Revolver Wine Company The Fury Cabernet Franc 2006||39|
|Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay Reserve 2005||89||33|
|2:51p||Chateau Petrus Pomerol 2004||95W&S, 93WS/WA||$1299.99||$479.99||1||54|
|2.55p||D’Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 200||93WA||$69.99||$49.69||2||35|
|Villa Girardi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC 2004||46|
|Cloud View Vineyards Prichard Hill Napa Valley Red Wine 2006||94||53|
|3:11p||Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana IGT 2007||94WS||$60.00||$41.99||2||30|
|Hewitt Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||92||45|
|Two Hands Wines Lily’s Garden McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006||92||45|
|Saintsbury Vineyard Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2007||92WS, 90||40|
|Chateau Guillot Pomerol 2001 Library Release||93JN||$50.00||$25,99||3||48|
|3:38p||I Giusti e Zanza Dulcamara Toscana Rosso 2005||93WE||$54.99||$22.99||4||58|
|3:42p||Enzo Wines Magic Hill Oakville, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||98||$85.00||$26.99||3||68|
|Domaine Louis Latour Meursault Blagny 1er Cru Chateau De Blagny 2007||88||40|
|4:08p||The Colonial Estate Emigre Barossa Valley Proprietary Red 2006||93ST, 92WA||$85.00||$42.99||2||49|
|4:10p||Chateau Le Prieure Grand Cru Classe St. Emilion 1999 Library Release||92JN||$50.00||$24.99||3||50|
|4:15p||Eredi Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2005||93WA, WS||$79.99||$39.99||2||50|
|4:25p||Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Pvt. Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||95WE||$119.99||$64.99||2|
|Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo 2005||90||52|
|4:43p||Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT 2006||94RP||$112.00||$47.99||1||57|
|Vilafonte Series C Paarl 2004||91||57|
|Encantado (by The Famous Unnamed Napa Valley winery) Red Blend 2007||59|
|4:59p||Domaine Louis Latour Corton Clos de la Vigne Au Saint 2003||91BH||$89.99||$49.99||2||44|
|5:00p||David Bruce Winery Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2005||88||60|
|Tenuta di Biserno Bibbona Insoglio del Cinghiale IGT 2006||94||50|
|5:32p||Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir Reserve 2007||92WE||$49.99||$29.99||1||40|
|5:41p||Watkins Family Winery Monte Rosso Vineyard, Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005||92JN||$45.00||$24.99||2||44|
|4:49p||Grimaldi Luigino Grimaldi Vigna San Biagio Barolo Nebbiolo 2006||91||53|
|5:53p||Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Blend 2007||94||18|
|5:56p||Brookdale Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007||$45.00||$24.79||3||45|
|6:00p||Bacio Divino Cellars Janzen Estate Cloudys Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||90||60|
|Burgess Cellars Library Release Vintage Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997|
|Poderi Aldo Conterno Gran Bussia Barolo Riserva 2001||95ST, 95||50|
|Prince Florent de Merode Corton Les Bressandes Grand Cru 2008||50|
|Seavey Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||92||35|
|7:00p||Costers del Siurana Miserere Priorat 2003||90||50|
|E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi 2005||94WE, 91||41|
|Burgess Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Vintage Selection||68|
|Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2005||91||42|
|8:00p||Domaine Louis Latour Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2006||95WE, 90||52|
|Encantado (You Know The Winery!) Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009||59|
|Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana 2003||90||51|
|Chateau Lafon La Tuilerie St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2006||60|
|Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Piano di Montevergine Riserva 2001||94WA, 93||40|
|Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard Wrattongbully, Australia Cabernet Shiraz 2005||92||57|
|9:00p||Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2005||91||51|
|St. Supery Vineyards & Winery Elu Napa Valley Red Wine 2005 6 Liter Imperial|
|Chateau Le Gay Pomerol 2006||93WA, 93||46|
|Burgess Cellars Ilona Howell Mountain Red Blend 2004||92||59|
|Chateau Dauzac MargauxGrand Cru Classe Bordeaux 2007||87||60|
|Azienda Agricola Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 #64 Top 100 2010 WE!!|
|Domaine Henri Darnat Meursault Clos Du Domaine 2008. 17 rating and 50% off||17||50|
|10:00p||Bacio Divino Cellars Janzen Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||89||63|
|Maple Lane Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006||52|
|Mer Soleil Vineyard (by Caymus) Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2007||42|
|Azienda Agricola Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2003 [1.5 Liter] Magnum|
|Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape Alexis Establet 2007||94WA, 92||40|
|Thumbprint Cellars Four Play Winemakers Reserve Sonoma County 2008||56|
|11:07p||Caterina Zardini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOC 2006||93||44|
|11:22p||Piper Heidsieck Champagne Cuvee Rare Brut 1998 *1.5L Magnum||92||58|
|11:25p||Domus Vitae Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 2004||90||60|
|11:38p||Tenuta dei Sette Cieli Indaco Super-Tuscan 2006||90||60|
|11:48p||Chateau Le Dome St. Emilion Grand Cru 2004||90||60|
I had being contemplating this post for a while, and [finally] here it is. I’m not getting the wines for free, and they are not growing in my backyard. Same as most everybody else, I’m buying my wines. So what’s a big deal about it? Why does buying the wine worth a blog post?
Buying wine is somewhat of an art. Huh=, you say, what kind of nonsense is that? But the challenge is that on one side, there is an oversupply of wine, so trick is to find place with the right service and right prices (!). At the same time, there are way too many wines which are often referred to as “cult”, which are literally impossible to find – and may be information in this blog post might be able to help you.
As you know by now, I’m obsessed with wine – and it translates into finding good wines at good prices (this is often referred to as QPR – Quality Price Ratio). Here are the ways I found so far to satisfy that QPR requirement.
Wine Searcher – When I’m looking for specific wine ( or any type of alcohol for that matter), I always start from Wine -searcher. I always get full information on the price range and availability of options to acquire that specific wine.
Cost Less Wines and Liquors – local store in Stamford, CT. In the interest of full disclosure, store owner, Zak, is my friend. But this is not the reason for me to mention the store. There is an amazing wine selection in the store (I would think that in terms of using the space, this is the best store I even saw in ability to utilize every square inch of the store space. There is great representation of all wine making regions, and his selection of Kosher wines and Champagnes is literally best in Stamford. Plus, Zak has a talent to find the close-outs and makes very quick decisions when he can seize a good value. Also, if you are looking for a specific wine, Zak will get it for you (as long as it is available in Connecticut). All in all, this store is my primary wine shopping destination.
Bottle King – chain of the wine stores in New Jersey. Each store might have slightly different inventory, so I can’t speak for all of them. I’m personally using the one in Glen Rock, NJ. Overall, wine prices are very good. This store has excellent selection of Portuguese wines (great QPR!), plus good selection of French, Italian and Californian wines. Australia, Chile and Argentina have limited representation. Bottle King has loyalty card, which gives discount on many wines, plus periodically they run very good special sales – Red Tag Sale is in effect now (until April 4th, 2011), and some of the values are simply incredible. Need an example? 2000 Vintage Port for $27.70? Wow! Bottle King also have a division which sells wine online, called The Wine Buyer @Bottle King – I get their newsletter, however, never ordered anything.
PJ Wine – excellent store in New York. If you are looking for a Spanish wine – this is the right store. Probably the best selection of current and old releases of Rioja and Ribera Del Duero in the tri-state area. Also very good selection of rare and hard to find European wines from France, Italy and Austria. Very good service. Full store inventory is available online. Plus, there are excellent [free] educational seminars in the store ( hard to get in as seating is limited).
WTSO.com (Wine Till Sold Out) – great place to look for the bargains. I already wrote about WTSO in one of the previous posts. It works in a very simple way. You get on the mailing list. Then you get e-mail once the new wine is available for sale, at an incredible price – often, not always, of course. You can always check if offer makes sense by going to the Wine-Searcher and then also consulting Wine Spectator or another ratings database. Please be aware of the fact that while you are trying to figure out if particular offer makes sense, the wine might be gone by the time you reach the conclusion. Definitely great place to buy wines at a great price. Just sign up for the mailing list and see for yourself.
Benchmark Wine Company – to give you a short description – amazing. Outstanding customer service (really – try it). Wine selection? Incredible. Yes, this is not for everyday shopping, but if you look for a particular wine, especially from the older vintages – this is the place. Give it a try and you will not regret.
Wades Wines – might be one of the best secrets in the wine shopping. US regions have great representation, with lots of cult wines being available (at least on the list – but sold out in reality). I have to admit that I hadn’t bought anything yet from this company, but all the e-mails look very tempting.
D&M – another incredible store. Specialty? Scotch, cognac, champagne. The store is located in San Francisco, and it is literally hole in the wall. But once you look around in the store to see the selections surrounding you on all four walls, you get absolutely amazed. Incredible selection of scotch and cognac. Plus, there is a number of clubs offered, and actually these clubs make sense (compare to most of the wine clubs, which don’t worth a penny). If you are in San Francisco, and you like scotch or cognac, definitely find time to visit the store.
Of course there are many other places to buy wine – I had great experience with Yankee Spirits store in Sturbridge, MA, Beltramo’s in Menlo Park, California (outstanding service), K&L Wines (good selection, service – so so) in multiple locations in California. I had an interesting experience with Drink the grapes (online only).
This post happened to be much longer than I thought it should be. Nevertheless, I did my best to share the ways I go around to find the wine I want. If you got your favorite store or a web site to buy the wine – let me know, as I will be glad to learn about it. And until the next time – happy shopping!
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
|Nov 16||12:02a||Champagne Charles Ellner Cuvee De Reserve
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|Nov 20||8:42a||Warwick Estate Professor Black Stellenbosch
Sauvignon Blanc 2009
|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
|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!