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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: October’s Full-On Marathon

October 9, 2012 7 comments

121 wines (if my count is correct) during 18 hours, lots of 90+ wines, including 95-99 rated, great names (Joseph Phelps, Dominus, Antinori Solaia, Tattinger and many others) – “wow” is the only descriptor I can use here. Some (quite a few) of the wines lasted only 3 minutes – “you snooze, you lose” was in the full effect.

The event took place on Tuesday, October 2nd. As before, I did my best to collect the data, which is always challenging. Below is the table containing all (hopefully) wines offered during the event.

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, BH – Bourghound, IWC – International Wine Cellars, CG – Consumer Guide, IWR -International Wine Review, TWN – The Wine News.


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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!

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