Among these discounters are: Wine Woot!, Wines 'til Sold Out, Wine Spies, Cinderella Wine, Wine Heist, Vinfolio Flash Sales, Cellar Thief, Winery Insider, Wineshopper and Vinobest.
When I read about this on another blog, I checked out a few and the deals are pretty impressive. You typically have to "join" at no cost by creating an account and password. You then receive e-mails once or twice a week offering large discounts but for a very short period of time.
Wine Shopper is an example. I received an e-mail on Thursday for a sale that ended the following Tuesday. Being offered was an organic, single vineyard Columbia Valley Riesling by Pacific Rim. It lists for $32 and was on sale for $17.49. Also being offered was Hogue 2006 Genesis Syrah for only $7.99 (regularly $16). The Genesis is sold in lots of 3 only. If you bought only one bottle of the Pacific Rim Riesling, however, the shipping was $12.45. I assume the shipping becomes more reasonable as your quantities increase. I noticed that one of their special offerings, a Barossa Valley Estate 2003 E & E Black Pepper Shiraz, quickly sold out. Wine Shopper is a spin-off venture of Wine.com.
Winery Insider is another flash sale site that I checked out. It offers "the world's best wine at insider prices." Its wines are really interesting and some of their sales are just 24 hours. Their most recent offering was a special case sale from Viansa Winery in Sonoma County. You could purchase cases of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Vernaccia or Arneis for only $99. These last two wines are unusual Italian grapes. The Vernaccia usually sells for $300 a case while the others sell for $240. Winery Insider also had a recent sale of "cult" Pinot Noirs. This is a site to watch for the rare and unusual.
Another discount site is Wines 'til Sold Out. Their most recent deal was Iron Horse Vineyards Green Valley Russian River Valley Estate Chardonnay 2006 for $14.99 (versus the retail of $29.99). One nice feature is they offer free shipping when you buy the minimum quantity. In this case it was four bottles, but it is never more than six.
There is a sense of excitement in nabbing a bargain and then tearing open the shipping carton to view the newly arrived booty. That being said, there are great deals at your local wine shop too -- plus you are supporting local business.
Photo by Peter Kaminsky
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