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Wine for Clients?

rachael333 Nov 29, 2006 07:41 PM

I need some really good but not too pricey wine to send to clients for christmas... most probably red...around $25?


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  1. Husky RE: rachael333 Nov 29, 2006 08:44 PM

    Italian Wine Merchants in NYC sells La Spinetta 2001 Barbera "Ca di Pain" for $25.90 a bottle. An excellent wine for the money.

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    1. re: Husky
      Yaqo Homo RE: Husky Dec 2, 2006 04:48 PM

      I concur. It's one of my favorite Barberas--delicious, easy to appreciate and available at many stores besides Italian Wine Merchants.

      Barberas produced by Coppo are also excellent.

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      Chicago Mike RE: rachael333 Nov 30, 2006 07:14 AM

      Send them a great Cali Zinfandel... probably the best red wine you can find in that price range.... look for a great 99 or perhaps 2001...

      You can also get some beautiful Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripassos for that price... a wine that's very easy to like and matches alot of food. Of recent years, 2003 is looking quite interesting.

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        kaholo1 RE: Chicago Mike Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM

        yes the lable rippassa is excellent and i've seen it from 17 - 25 $

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          Pei RE: Chicago Mike Dec 2, 2006 08:09 AM

          I love Sonoma County zinfandel. My favorite bottle of the year is Seghesio Sonoma County zin. Around $15, or you can get the reserve/old vine for around $30. But honestly (and a few different wine clerks have said this to me) the $15 one is so good it's hard to get a better one until you go over $35.

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          freecia RE: rachael333 Dec 1, 2006 12:08 AM

          Are you buying wine for people who like wine or those who usually just grab and go at the grocery store?

          Just asking because we've given wine as gifts for many years and usually go with brand names the client will recognize and admire. Those who are wine connoisseurs would appreciate a unique and special wine, those who are not usually appreciate a name brand bottle with mainstream tastes they can bring to a friend's holiday party.

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            Pei RE: freecia Dec 2, 2006 08:11 AM

            This is so true. But if you don't want to be boring and add yet another bottle of Gallo or Beringer to their collection, print out a short description of the wine you do choose. That way they'll know "Oh, this is a classic French Boudeaux blend/German riesling/California zinfandel/Australian Shiraz" and know that you put thought into it and didn't just grab and go at the supermarket.

          2. SanseiDesigns RE: rachael333 Dec 1, 2006 06:49 AM

            I echo "freecia's" reply. If you know your clients well enough, or have time to do some sleuthing (admin assistants are a great source for information), it's important to understand their drinking preferences. You can do as much harm as good giving the "wrong" wine. For a fantastic selection that can be searched by price, if desired, check K&L Wine Merchants. They are located in the Bay Area (California), but ship to all places legally allowed. Their website maintains a virtually realtime inventory status, and they import many wines directly, providing a better priced product to consumers.

            No, I do not work for them. I am simply a very satisfied customer. If you have questions, call them. Most of their buyers are in the Redwood City store and are available during the weekdays. Great guys.

            1. TonyO RE: rachael333 Dec 2, 2006 01:42 PM

              One small warning: make sure they drink alcohol before giving them a bottle of wine. I know it's a stretch, but some people may be offended (recovering alcoholics, Mormons, etc.) With business clients, better safe than sorry !

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                BN1 RE: rachael333 Dec 2, 2006 05:27 PM

                Last July I made a pilgrimage to Beltramo’s in Menlo Park and K&L a few blocks north. I have not been to the SF branch of K&L. I compared several wines in different varitals and years. These were the exact same wines and in every case, Beltramo’s was $2, $3 or more cheaper. K&L had a couple that Beltramo’s didn’t have and vice versa, which were special purchases I believe. I got a wonderful Brunello at K&L at a very reasonable price. However, Beltramo’s actual store is so inviting that I felt like a kid in the toy store. I checked their website and like K&L they ship to any state where it is legal. Individual bottles are priced the same as case purchases.


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