Buying wine at a winery, any deals? Pros and Cons revealed
Here are some tips on buying wine at a winery
If you buy wine, where will you store it before you arrive home? In the summer, a car trunk gets very hot quickly reaching temperatures that may be harmful to the wine.
Larger production wineries sell their wines through distributors. In general, you will find the cost of these wines to be less on the shelf of wine stores than at the winery. Many wine retailers will buy on volume and will be able to offer the wines at less than the list price recommended by the winery.
Smaller production wineries have a limited distribution and are more difficult to find in retail wine shops. The only way to buy these wines is either at the winery or through the winery’s Web site. The wines are usually not discounted because of the limited distribution.
Many wineries, even high volume production wineries, will only sell reserve bottlings or specialty wines through their wine club or at the winery. The pros and cons of joining a wine club.
Occasionally wineries will run special sales. This is particularly true of the smaller wineries. If the winery has a newsletter or mailing list be sure to sign up. This way you will find out about special sale events at the winery. Often wineries with excess inventories will discount their wines to make room for the next vintage.
Many a time we have purchased wine at a winery only to get it home and be disappointed. It seems that wine always tastes better at the winery. It’s the ambience!
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