Case of Wine Gift
I'd like to send a mixed case of wine to some friends, but I have very little knowledge in this area. I'm willing to spend up to $250 and would like the case to include at least a couple of bottles that will benefit from 10+ years of aging. They are in NY and I'm not, so it will have to be delivered to them. Any advice on how I should go about this? Thanks!
Another solution would be contact a small wine shop in their area and have the staff pick out a case of wine in your budget and have your friends pick it up. (or offer them $30 to deliver) Most people will choose wine that they would want as gifts and some wines that would be off the beaten path. A case of wine is a generous gift! They will love it.
If recipient is in NY and you are in another state, I'd stongly advise buying directly from a NY-based vendor, otherwise buyer beware of US interstate shipping alcohol nonsense !
Zachy's is one of the NY-biggies. Don't buy on line, call them, the guys on the phone are very savvy & should be able to put together a decent lot for the money.
Check out Kermitlynch.com. Kermit Lynch is one of the top importers of French and Italian wine in the country.
He regularly puts together sampler cases of wine and they are usually less than $150 (add shipping on top of that).
See his May newsletter for a recent sampler of Spring wines:
These have a few roses and whites, which you probably wouldn't want to age. I would just call them up and tell them you want to put together a case of reds, and give them your price parameters. Theirs are among the best wines out there (and best values -- Kermit almost singlehandedly made wines from the less-famous regions in Southern France popular in the U.S.)