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Nov 9, 2008 11:48 AM

Are these wines easy to find?

Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon - any year
Bodegas Castaño Monastrell 2006
Bodegas Castaño Monstrell Dulce 2004

I'm really most interested in trying Root 1. If not, is there another wine that could compare for around the same price?

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  1. Here's a tip to find a wine:

    Go to the winery website, in this case and look around. Often times, the home page of the winery will have a link that says "Where to find our wines." Root 1 didn't, but they did have a link that says "Contact Us." You can always write the winery and ask where their wines are sold at stores in your area.

    I clicked on Contact US and Voila! - a screen appeared that said Find Wines in Your Area. I selected your state of Indiana, and found that Monarch Beverage in both Indianapolis and Fort Wayne carry it.
    Here's the link.

    Now that you know how to do this, I'll let you find the wines from Bodegas Castano, which also has a website.
    Just click on Enter for English.

      1. re: RCC

        I checked this first. Neither wine is available in Indiana via wine-searcher.
        The wines can be ordered, however. Good suggestion for most wines, though.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          I didn't see anything in the OP's post about finding them in Indiana.

          BTW, and in any case, according to Wine Searcher, Big City wines in Indianapolis and another store in Carmel, Indiana has stocks of Monastrell.

          1. re: RCC

            The OP is in Indiana.

            Yes, Monastrell, but not the Bodegas Castaño, is available at the two stores you mention.

            1. re: maria lorraine

              I agree that I pointed to the availability of another bodega in Indiana

              However, even if the OP is in Indiana, I still couldn't make out from the post that the question is for availability ONLY in Indiana. Are you reading something else that I'm not?

              I live in NYC, yet I buy a lot of my wines from out of state. I know of many other wine drinkers from all over the US who buy and have wines shipped from outside their respective states.

              1. re: RCC

                You're right, RCC, the OP did not restrict availability of the wines to her home state.

                However, the government does. Only recently has it not been a felony to ship wine to Indiana, and to do so currently you have to perform the Twelve Labors of Hercules.

                I also -- at first -- said the wines could be ordered.


                1. re: maria lorraine


                  Well, I thought that I was being helpful to the OP by simply pointing out "how easy to find" the wines in question and nothing more. There's nothing in my responses that claims I'm any more knowledgeable than the next poster here. I lurk and post here to learn from knowledgeable people like you.

                  BTW, for me and other wine enthusiasts that I know, one very important aspect of finding availability and having wines shipped from out of state is that, one only does it when:
                  1. the cost of doing so is lower, i,e. the overall cost is lower than when buying locally as the price may be lower from out of state merchant(s), plus with the possibility of taxes not being charged, and even when the shipping costs are weighed in, and/or
                  2. the wines of interests are only available out of state. and/or
                  3. it is legal to do so..

                  Edited to add #3 above.

                  1. re: RCC

                    RCC, I'm missing something...your post *was* helpful, as have
                    been many of your posts. No debate about that.
                    is a good site.

                    I recommended wine stores in Indiana to this very new Chowhound
                    because he/she can't order wine from out-of-state. So, I'm not
                    understanding your post....sorry...


                    1. re: maria lorraine


                      I'm very sure that you didn't know about the Indiana non-shipping rule earlier on. Here's what you posted in one of your early responses:

                      "I checked this first. Neither wine is available in Indiana via wine-searcher.
                      The wines can be ordered, however. Good suggestion for most wines, though."

                      1. re: RCC

                        Re-read 6:26 pm...I corrected that.

                        In addition, I always recommend wine stores in the OP's state and individual city when I can, as the poster may not be as familiar with ordering wine as you or I might be.

      2. Those wines are all over CT. Someone had mentioned wine searcher, which is what I use. I know Costco had Root 1 a while ago...if you have a Costco Liquors near you, try that