Love a little vino? The June issue of ShopSmart shares six tips to scoring deals on wine. I summarize their suggestions below. Plus, I share 6 of the 21 wines worth buying for less than $11.
Surf the web – Comparison shopping is a breeze online. ShopSmart suggests using Wine-Searcher.com to finding the cheapest bottle of the wine you want. Other sites to hit up are:
Go after special deals – The catch? You’ll have to fork over your email address. Having deals delivered to your inbox is convenient. Site like Groupon, Invino.com, Wine.Woot.com, Vino.com, and Bottlenotes.com offer deals on more expensive bottles.
Give store-brand bottles a chance – Don’t turn up your nose on these deals. ShopSmart has found good private label wines from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and 7-Eleven (yup, you read that right!). Here’s what to try:
- Old Moon Red Zinfandel for $6 from TJs
- Trackers Crossing 365 Cabernet Sauvignon for $7 from WF
- Cherrywood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon for $8 from 7-Eleven
Shop by country – Look for South America and Spanish wines. These countries are known for value wines.
Ask for discounts – Many stores offer 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles — the same goes for cases. Make sure to sign up for loyalty program if a store near you offer one.
Forget the bottle – Not all good wines come in a bottle. More and more wines are being sold in a box. These wines also last longer after opening and they are environmentally friendly!
These are the wines worth sipping:
- Columbia Crest Grand Estates 2008
- Cupcake 2010
- Wine Cube Cabernet Shiraz
- Dancing Bull 2009
- Bogle 2009
- Alice White 2009
Where do you shop for inexpensive wine? Cheers!
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