'Private' online wine sales and limited time sales -- are you buying?
It's amazing how many of these new online wine sale sites are popping up -- Cinderalla Wines, Rue La La, Wine Spies, Wines Till Sold Out - just to name a few.
Are you guys buying?
I'm lucky to be living in SF, where just about anything I can possibly want is available in a brick and mortar shop.
That said, even if I was in Belgrade, Montana (love that place), I would probably take it easy on the online sites because I hate buying wine blind.
What do you guys think of these sites? Is it changing your behavior?
i live in new york - westchester county and LOVE the sites you mentioned above - tillsoldout and cinderellawine in particular...the posted reviews help a ton as does checking out cellar tracker for some "real" reviews...be aware that on tillsoldout some high rated wines from jonathan newman frequently appear--not that they are bad wines just that he is the importer and tends to score them on the high side...but all in all fantastic way to buy wine that may be out of your budget normally or to try new stuff...cinderellawine has a great msg board for reading what others are thinking about the nights offer...worth it imo...
i live in los angeles, and although i subscribe to wtso, i've never bought from them and probably never will.
there is a wine broker about 6 minutes from my house who offers excellent pricing without needing to buy 4 bottles at a time. i go to the broker, buy a bottle, try the wine, and if i like it will buy 3 more bottles within 24 hours.
i prefer to use other people's ratings to select a wine for first-time-one-bottle purchase. will only buy more if I know that I like it.
not too much a fan of playing craps with my wine money.
I look at all the sites mentioned, but it is not often I buy from them. To me, Wines 'Til Sold Out usually has about 6 great deals a year, and the rest are crap shoots. Buying much less this year, but buying much more quality wines. Been stocking up on the '07 heavy hitting Napa cabs for the most part from my mailing lists. -mJ