Posts Tagged ‘Wine Till Sold Out’

Following Wine Till Sold Out – Cheapskate Wednesday, February 20th

March 3, 2013 12 comments

WTSO logo 2012About 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!

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Following Wines Til Sold Out – Wow, That Was One Marathon!

August 16, 2012 8 comments

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.


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Wednesday’s Meritage

July 25, 2012 2 comments

Hello and welcome to the special Wednesday – Wine Blogging Wednesday #79 it is, a.k.a. #WBW79.

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!

Following Wine Till Sold Out (Again) – Super Wednesday, February 15

February 20, 2012 2 comments

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!

Following Wine Till Sold Out

May 4, 2011 2 comments

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 Smile). 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

Where Do I Buy Wine

March 25, 2011 1 comment

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). (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!

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

November 24, 2010 7 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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