Wines Til Sold Out website - anyone use it?
- Abacus Feb 4, 2007 02:08 PM
I have recently subscribed to Wines 'Til Sold Out - www.winestilsoldout.com - each day they send me an email of the "wine of the day" for sale online only - and a short review, the suggested retail price and then the price they will sell it for.
I have not yet purchased any wine - and am curious to find out if anyone else has purchased wine this way, and experiences. I am a curious wine drinker with about 30 bottles in my cellar - I am not a collector, more of a horder who just happens to uncorking a bottle and enjoying a glass on occassion - as in every occassion - as in after dinner.
Here is the list for "Marathon Monday" sale which begins at midnight tonight.
Do any of these wines merit watching out for? I appreciate any feedback. I have Googled some of the wines to read reviews and retail price - the Simi Landslide seems like my kind of wine.......thoughts?
MARATHON MONDAY: WHAT TO EXPECT
- Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
- Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cepages 2000
- Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
- Showket Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
- Gaja Langhe Sito Moresco 1998
- Simi Landslide Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
- Stonestreet Christopher's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
- Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1999
- Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
- Dom Perignon Rose 1995
Thank you in advance. Also, if anyone knows of other places to look around........
Today's wine was Chateau Haut Brion Cru Classe Des Graves 1996. They list the original price as $299.99, but it released at about $175. Still at $239 or so it is an ok, not great deal.
The wine right now is Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Fay Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2003
for $59.99 -
A new one comes up every hour or so........
I've just been watching ------ waiting until I feel or am recommended to push that buttom!
(I work at a non-profit which means what I like and what I can afford do not necessarily go hand in hand, sigh)
It says shipping is free with purchase of 2 or more...for less expensive bottles, shipping is free with 6 or more bottles.
Higher priced wines get free shipping with the purchase of two or three bottles. It seems that always the purchase of a case gets free shipping.
I check this every so often but they never have anything I thought was interesting enough to buy through the internet. There's also an email wine thing where they have a new wine every few days and send you an email about it. Sorry I don't remember what it is. I subscribed to that for a while too but never found anything to my liking for the price. I think I just like shopping in a wine store! FWIW.
I have bought two different wines from this site. The wine arrives in about 10 days and shipping is free if your buy the requisite 2, 4 or 6 bottles.
The first wine I bought was an Aussie bordeaux blend that was a big hit a Christmas dinner. I have not yet tasted the 2nd wine, a Rosso de Montalcino.
Some of the wines available do tend to be from slightly older vintages, which is nice if you like a little age on your wine.
I like winestilsoldout.com and have bought quite a few things from them. I thought their deals on champagne during the holidays were particular good. It's also nice to have the reviews right there on the ordering page.
Thanks! I am glad to hear that people have had good experiences with purchasing through this site. I look forward to giving it a whirl myself!
Have been using for about a year....found some GREAT selections, but know what you're buying and what the current "retail" price is. And don't expect great (if any) customer service. Have been trying to track a shipment for a week now, and can't get a response from them. Likely just the weather issues currently, but the prior orders have been really good deals on great wines.
That is a shame ibstatguy. Just out of curiosity, what happened? I've had nothing but great customer service from them both online, as well as in store. They are always very cordial when I stop in to pick up my orders, and the one guy I always deal with over there really like to shoot the bull and talk about wine when I go to pick up. My only gripe is that I wish they had more wines we were interested in more often. -mJ
Picked up some good deals there, but as I have said elsewhere, they really only have 4-6 GREAT deals a year. Picked up some '05 Alma Rosa La Encantada last year for $28 (winery is $50+)a bottle I think, and they have had 2 great deals on Petrus in the last few months. That has been it for me in the last year for them, but the beauty of it is the fact that they are close, and I can drive over there to pick the wines up. -mJ
I have purchased several bottles from WTSO after being referred to it by a wine enthusiast friend with an amazing home cellar.
I have been very pleased with the wines I have purchased so far, and the deals have been very good.
But the thing that I really like, is the chance to buy things that I would never be able to find
in the midwestern suburb where I live.
If I had a more interesting, knowledgeable wine store nearby, I might be less excited.
I love having wines to serve my guests that I know they can't buy at the local grocery store.
And the free shipping is great!
I figured some deals and some not. I just bought 04 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs for $15 and they wanted $25 for the 06. I think some deals like the Lascombes will be there and the rest ok.
I have no problem shipping overnight or even 2 day in this weather. Styro shippers insulate well enough, and in all the years we have been shipping wine, have yet to have a problem, and yet to even have a corked bottle from a list that we order from. With temps in the 30's and 40's right now, I have a lot of stuff shipping. Rivers-Marie is heading this way as we speak! -mJ
I've been using them for years, I have about 200 bottles in my cellar 75% from WTSO. I've bought Barolo's from them for under $30 that I see in wine shops for 50+ consistently. I generally push the delivery date a couple of weeks and have them ship on a Monday, this way you know when the wines are coming.
Older topic but useful. I buy from WTSO quite a bit, but only when they have a really good price on a wine I know or something from a winery I have a good track record with. Shipping IS free on the required # of bottles and I usually have delivery made to a FedEx Office location very close to me. I've been holding off lately because of the unusually warm weather though. I DO check wine-searcher for comps too, because I'm certain these are closeouts that may be available at retailers near me too.
I have used them briefly and just unsubscribed. I ordered two different wines - one was very good and the other was awful.
In addition, I did some price checking and their discounts are virtually all very inflated, and some of the wines can be bought for much less than they charge at other online sites.
I agree with Midlife. I've used them a dozen or so times, mainly to get $15 drinking wine in the house. I don't buy often, because to me the value is in the free shipping after x number of bottles, which can add up quickly. There are certain things Im willing to risk a 4-6 bottle purchase of (I think the max for free shipping is 4, but that's a strange number to me, so I invariably get 6), and some things Im not.
Am I going to drink 6 bottles of a random Cabernet Ive never heard of? ehh... 6 bottles of cremant de bourgogne, however, will absolutely get the corks popped.
I bought some really terrible Oregon pinot noir from WTSO a couple years ago - tasted like raspberry vinegar. I emailed and the customer service was amazing. Refunded my money and told me to keep the wine (all of which went down the drain.)
Now I mainly buy select wines I already know, or that have reviews I trust at Cellartracker.
Sorry, but that's like saying that you went into ABC Wine Store and bought two wines; one you didn't like and one you did, so you decided not to return again.
Simple answer is to (1) Know what you're buying, either through experience or unbiased reviews, and (2) Have an idea of price for this or similar wines. Obviously, if you can buy the same product locally at a similar or lower price, then do so. It takes about 5 minutes to check online.
I never buy wine "because it's the cheapest I can find," but because it's apparently a good value, and has some cred that I respect. I also like to discover new labels and new varietals, and often WTSO has some real gems.
Finally, @jlbwendt hit the nail on the head. It's backed up by really serious commitment to customer satisfaction from start to end of every purchase.
I have bought numerous wines from wtso, some good, some not as good.
Overall the value is reasonable with an occasional very good deal.
They definitely overinflated their "best web price" significantly numerous times, and frequently wines can be bought for less elsewhere, so I don't always trust their site...
Seems like they make up a fair bit of their numbers and frequently the wines they sell cannot be found on cellar tracker at all, in addition to ratings that are far from a complete picture.
Still, taken with a grain of salt, a fun site.