WineAccess online source for wine
- TonyO Oct 2, 2007 12:28 PM
I placed an order with WineAcess.com yesterday. I am intereseted if anyone has had any experience with this company. I thought their prices were very far and they had free shipping on a split case of Cuvee Le Bec And Le Bec Blanc ($200 all inclusive).
Are you referring to "WineAccess Direct"? I get their mailings and they're often pretty interesting. Have only pulled the trigger once - on some 2005 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf du Pape which will get delivered sometime in the next month or so. Checking Wine-Searcher now and their pricing was about $5 higher than what I could get it for now (though not widely available at all) but did include free shipping.
wineaccess is a site that is a conglomerate of different wine stores. For instance, Wine House in LA uses wineaccess as their internet portal, and so does Vino Divino in Newton, MA. They charge quite a bit for their services.
I suspect the great offers they can come up with are close-out deals that they get from the stores within their "network" of affiliates. Possibly bin-ends, possibly distributor direct deals. I have some experience buying with stores who use the wineaccess software, but not with wineaccess directly. I do find their interface for the stores to be limited, so you can usually spot stores using the service (that, and the URL usually contains wineaccess -- just type in http://winehouse.com and you'll see what I mean).
Interesting - I recently noticed that the order I placed through WineAccess was processed through my local TotalWine (TotalWine website had the wine in my list of purchased items even though I never consciously bought it through them). And yes, I do recognize the common interface on a number of sites.
However, I don't have the impression that many of the Wineaccess Direct offers are close-out deals. My purchase from them was a 2005 pre-release CDP, glowing reviews in Tanzer (which has some affiliation as well) and Parker, with good reviews for prior vintages as well.
WineAccess website claims "Domestic wines are shipped directly from the winery's west coast warehouse, while imported wines are sourced and shipped by importers and network stores." I don't think they could claim to be getting domestics directly from the winery if these were just deals they get from their affiliated stores (though I assume even for domestics they still at some point need to move it through a distributor).