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Buying wine on the UES- Where's the best deal?

hopegoode Feb 25, 2009 02:32 PM

Would like to know the best place to get good-value reds under $20. I would appreciate knowledgeable recommendations from the staff. Where do you go and are there case discounts?

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    preppie foodie RE: hopegoode Feb 25, 2009 03:30 PM

    I'm a big fan of Garnet on 68th/lex. I've been going there for 5 years and they've never steered me wrong when I've asked for recommendations for dinner parties and general drinking(I am the queen of under $20!). They're great pairing food with wines too and have free delivery. The other nice thing is when you have them deliver, they keep a record of what you bought so you can get it again. Eli's has a wine store on 80th/3rd. More expensive but they can have some interesting choices and they keep a record of EVERYTHING you buy. Option 3 is cellar 72 on second avenue, just south of 72nd. They seem to be carrying more inexpensive wines. I''ve gotten some decent stuff there too but haven't gone there as much. Garnet is simply bigger and there is tons more choice--have a great french white from them right now that is $12.99 and a good everyday red Terasses is the name I think (i am horrible with names and a big label recognizer!) good luck!

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      MMRuth RE: preppie foodie Feb 28, 2009 04:49 AM

      I've been pleasantly surprised at the selection of wines under $20 at Eli's and the advice I've gotten there in terms of pairings has always been spot on. We also shop at Garnet, occasionally at Mr. Wright's, and most often at K&D, probably just because it is closest to us. We have a regular rotation of wines around the ten dollar mark that we buy there.

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        hopegoode RE: MMRuth Feb 28, 2009 07:10 AM

        If MMRuth would like to share the names of those $10 wines, maybe all could give them a try.

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          MMRuth RE: hopegoode Feb 28, 2009 08:13 AM

          Sure, I'll try to rustle them up ... though I think right now we are stocked from Costco. One of them is the La Vielle Ferme red, which is more like $7, and, in my opinion, quite drinkable.

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            MMRuth RE: MMRuth Mar 1, 2009 04:06 AM

            Here's another one:

            Josephine Dubois, Grand Reserve Chardonnay, Bourgogne 2007. They also have some well priced Malbecs.

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              City Kid RE: MMRuth Mar 1, 2009 05:11 AM

              Just "discovered" this bargain red on sale at K&D wines, 96th @ Madison -- our go-to neighborhood wine store. They just had one of their periodic sales, and the prices are good and staff helpful.

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                MMRuth RE: City Kid Mar 1, 2009 05:13 AM

                La Vielle Ferme also make a white, and a rose, but K&D doesn't always have them in stock. I actually first saw the rose at Costco last weekend.

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        RCC RE: hopegoode Feb 25, 2009 04:22 PM


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          bob96 RE: hopegoode Feb 25, 2009 08:38 PM

          For a wide selection at this price cap, focus on on Spain, SAmerica, Aus/NZ, and California, Mr Wright on Third and 90th. K+D, 96th and Madison, has a smaller inventory, but some good buys as well.

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            hopegoode RE: bob96 Feb 27, 2009 02:28 PM

            Thanks for the info- I have not been satisfied with the local liquor retailers in the area. Now I have these new stores to try.

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            smarty RE: hopegoode Feb 28, 2009 06:52 AM

            Also want to add a beautiful new wine store with extremely knowledgeable and helpful stuff. great reds under $20 Bottle and Soul, Lexington between 81 and 82

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              smarty RE: smarty Feb 28, 2009 07:09 PM

              oops I meant to write knowlegeable and helpful staff

            2. scoopG RE: hopegoode Feb 28, 2009 08:46 AM

              Best Cellars on Lexington (between 86th and 87th, east side of the street) features many wines for under $20. Can't vouch for their quality myself but the shop has been there for 6-7 years now.


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                MMRuth RE: scoopG Feb 28, 2009 11:01 AM

                I've generally been disappointed by my purchases there.

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                  epcol RE: MMRuth Feb 28, 2009 04:06 PM

                  Agree - went there once and there was no help whatsoever from the staff and the purchases I made there were mediocre at best.

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                rondaj RE: hopegoode Mar 1, 2009 07:10 AM

                Mr Wright Wines on Third and 90th is fab, huge selection and helpful staff

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                  Jack_ RE: hopegoode Mar 1, 2009 04:26 PM

                  Can't remember the name of the place on 1st Ave and 85th St. knowledgeable and always stuff on sale for $10 - $20 bottle

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                    Stella_Blue RE: hopegoode Mar 1, 2009 05:57 PM

                    No idea of the name of the place, but there's a teeny little wine shop on York & 74th (I think b/w 73rd & 74th but it could be one block north). I always just ask the owner for a recommendation and he has never steered me wrong. There's also 1st & Vine, on 1st & 60th. They give a really good case discount and the staff is helpful. I love Cellar 72, and it's true that they've expanded their <$20 selection. The staff does tend to be a tad pretentious....still, if you don't mind a lesson, they love to let you know how much they know ;)

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                      Eddie H. RE: hopegoode Mar 1, 2009 06:58 PM

                      Mister Wright and K&D are my standbys. Mister Wright has some great wines at great values, although I find service can be hit or miss (I've had some very knowledgeable salespeople and not so knowledgeable salespeople). As another poster noted, the Spanish selection at K&D is very good. I find K&D to be a bit more expensive (although there are great values to be found), but the salespeople I have had are all-around excellent and have always steered me in the right direction.


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