Seeking NJ wine discount store
I've seen some interesting websites for places in Secaucus and Union. Can you recommend your favorite place to stock up- it should have knowledgeable staff. I am a NYC Chowhounder who would like to put together a case of red wines which individually retail under $20. (I will be visiting friends in Northern Jersey but am open to any area close to Manhattan.) Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions.
In the Livingston area, I like Bottle King for good selections in the $10-$20 price point (Wine Legend is much better for $20+, but you need to order off the Internet for pick up to get their best prices - which makes no sense at all, and keeps me from shopping there more regularly); I back and fill at Total Wines for particular wines I can't get at BK (for example, Newton "red label" Chardonnay at $17 - the same bottle goes for $25 at Wine Legend).
I've had good luck at the first 2, never been to the last two, but they have competitive prices and good selection online.
Wine Library in Springfield NJ right off 124/24 (close to 78) :
586 Morris Avenue | Springfield, NJ 07081 | 888-980-WINE (9463)
Wine Outlet in the Meadowlands :
Wine Outlet, 10 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus NJ-07094
Customer Service: 201-866-1600 Wine Assistance: 973-960-7519
Shoppers Discount Liquor & Wine Warehouse in Union, NJ (Rt 22) :
2321 Route 22 West
Union, NJ 07083
Total WIne also in Union:
950 Springfield Road
Union, NJ 07083
I agree with others on Total Wine for selection and service. It's also very close to my home, so it's a no brainer for store choice. Totla Wine's Liquor prices are also very good in my opinion.
I have not been to yet....but there is a Gary's Wine Store on Route 23 North in Wayne, just north of Willowbrook Mall. There is also a recently opened Stew Leonards Wines in Paramus on Route 17 North.
Sorry, but I have to say that I find Gary's prices higher on a regular basis and although their staff is knowledgeable, they're not as customer service focused as I like--particularly when I've tried (on separate occasions, and at different locations) to order CASES of wine.
For the best prices, I have to agree that Bottle King and Total are the best, and they have mulitple locations in northern NJ. Shoppers in Clifton has decent prices, but I always feel that Total carries a larger variety, and BK seems to be able to get just about anything I've ever asked for.
I'm not a big fan of Total wine. About 90% of what they have is chaff. They tend to carry brands that are mass-market because they need to buy them in large quantities to fill up the shelves of a big chain. In certain categories that I know, you will more likely find a big negociant wine rather than a small artesanal producer (often where the real quality is). They do carry some prestige bottles at the high end, but the pricing isn't anything special there.
If you want well chosen wines at decent prices the Wine Library is a good bet. The regular prices are nothing great, but it seems like half the stuff is on sale at any given time: this is where the bargains are to be had. Nice cheese dept. too. Shoppers on Rt. 22 in Union doesn't have the selection of WL, but does have some good stuff, and again lots of good sale prices. I think case discounts don't apply to items already reduced, however.
I recommend Hudson Wine Market in Fort Lee. It's in a mall with Borders near the intersection of Lemoine and Main. Great prices on some good wines.
I agree with the various comments about the Wine Library. I have yet to find a wine store in NJ that offers the selection and knowledgeable staff found here. The prices are generally pretty good though it's true that some items are less expensive elsewhere.
I used to frequent Gary's but, as someone else remarked, the prices tend to be high and the staff simply aren't as knowledgeable as those at the Wine Library.
If you ever find yourself in Middlesex or Somerset County, you should check out one of the Super Saver stores. Their prices are excellent and if I know they carry the wine I'm looking for, that's where I head.