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Good Wine Merchant in the Triangle???

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  • HeelsOnophile Nov 12, 2005 10:53 AM
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I moved to Chapel Hill from Boston over a year ago and I still haven't found a decent wine shop. I'm not a huge fan of places like Total Wine that claim they don't have to give mixed case discounts b/c their prices are so low to begin with - not so if you ask me. Back in Boston I found a merchant who would have monthly specials on wines from differnt regions from around the world. They'd give 10-15% off on any mix and up to 20% off on the monthly special. Does anyone know of a shop in the Triangle that has a similar deal? With 7% sales tax, the 10% case discount at places like Whole Foods doesn't really cut the mustard.

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  1. What merchant was that ? I can't recall the prices, but I used to buy my wine at Brookline Liquor, Wine Cask (Somerville), Wine Emporium, or the Marty's/Blanchard's. After moving down here, I thought the wine was comparable or better in price, at places like Total Wine. Granted, I really wasn't buying by the case, so I can't comment on price comparisons there.

    Wine n Things in Raleigh offers a 10% case discount, but I've not been there, so don't know what the base prices are.

    Link: http://www.winenthings.com/

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    1. re: Nab
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      HeelsOnophile

      It was Auburndale Liquors, which was owned by Post Road Liquors in Wayland that also ran the same promotion. Loved the Wine and Cheese Cask in Somerville and found some amazing deals at Marty's on Washington in Newton.. ah, I miss the old stomping grounds!

    2. We are big fans of the Wine Merchant at Ridge Rd. SC in Raleigh and there is also one in Cary. They give case discounts have good sales, etc. They also have good regular and advanced tastings, as well as a great wine class. Another great store (although I haven't been everyone else raves about it) is Carolina Wine. They have a huge climate controlled store, knowledable staff and great prices, according to my wine-loving friends. (We are lazy wine-lovers and go to WM cause its closer!). Carolina Wine definately has discounts. Check out www.carolinawine.biz.

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      1. re: VaNC

        Forgot to add, the last time I went to Pierce's BBQ, which was great when I was there for grad school in the 80's, had been moved inside and looked like a fast food place. Had lost its charm and, apparently, also its old recipes. Was pretty bad BBQ.

      2. What about Southern Season in Chapel Hill? I think 10% is about all you will get as a case discount in the Triangle.

        1. Seaboard Wine Warehouse in Raleigh offers discounts on mixed cases, usually 10%. Special this month is %15.

          Link: http://www.seaboardwine.com/

          1. Try Fowler's on Duke St in Durham. They don't have a huge selection, but it's well chosen. The wine manager told me, as she gave a distributor a cold hard look, that she drinks a lot of bad wine so her customers won't have to. Website shows 15% case discount.

            Go to A Southern Season in CH for the fun Fridays Uncorked to taste 5-6 wines for $10-20 in a cocktail party setting and talk with the young wine manager. Not sure what their discount is. Tremendous selection.

            I think of Total Wine as the Wal-Mart of wine - big stores, many items, efficient sourcing & distribution, poor service. You can get some very good wines at very good prices if you know what you want and you shop carefully.

            Link: http://www.fowlersfoodandwine.com/win...

            1. Chapel Hill Wine Company on Homestead Road is fantastic. Small, nice selection, lots of inexpensive ($8-15) bottles as well as pricier stuff. Can never remember if the mixed case discount is 10 or 15%, but Todd Weilar, the owner, puts together a mixed-case of the week at 20% off; they are usually quite good and run all up and down the price scale. Their staff is good and very un-pretentious. It is the complete Anti-Total Wine experience. They also do tastings and work with local restaurants on wine dinners, etc.

              Btw, I live right down the street from Fowler's, but have never had a lot of luck there - hit or miss, in my opinion. They changed owners about a year ago, so they might be worth a try as well. They're pretty good for a nice piece of cheese to go with your wine, though...

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              1. re: scott

                I'm also a fan of Chapel Hill Wine Company. Locally owned, and Todd is very committed both to good wine and the community. He does a good job hunting down values. All the way around, a business worth supporting.

                Fowlers tends to lean toward higher end items. It can be great for special wines but, if like me, your everyday wine needs to clock in under $10/bottle, you won't find much to choose from at Fowlers.

                A Southern Season has a fabulous selection. Their prices aren't the lowest but they're not terrible and you will find tons of choices in all price ranges there.

              2. my other two replies got nixed by the admins, so any updated opinions regarding the aforementioned wine stores?

                1. Carolina Wine Company is the best store in the area. You'll want to subscribe to their email list to get the best deals, but they have wines that no one else carries. All their wine is kept in a 55 degree warehouse. And they're the company that supplies Fowlers in Durham.

                  1. Chapel Hill Wine Company has a store in Chapel Hill and one in Hillsborough. I buy most of my wine there, and they do some great dinners with Triangle restaurants.

                    I have also enjoyed Seaboard in Raleigh.

                    1. Another vote for Seaboard. Very knowledgable and helpful.