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buying cases of wine at Costco vs BevMo or other sources

luciemom Mar 7, 2011 10:41 AM

For a wedding in Sonoma this July we're starting to look for wine options. With an estimated 150+ people, we'd like to find a couple of nice wines at $10-12/bottle. Costco? BevMo? Kermit Lynch? Somewhere else? I know Costco has a good selection, but I've never bought a large quantity from any of these places to know which gives you the best value. Opinions & suggestions please?

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    tanglenet Mar 7, 2011 04:49 PM

    Scratch Bevmo. They don't have any bargains. They do a good job of advertising which makes people think they are getting a bargain.

    Along with Kermit Lynch, I would also contact North Berkeley Wine, who, like Kermit Lynch, is also a direct importer. You may also want to contact K&L in SF. They have a great selection and are fairly priced.



    Your price point may be too low for them, but they may do a deal. Give a call to Siduri Winery in Santa Rosa. They make great wines at all price points. Also, a good excuse to "taste" before you buy.


    980 Airway Ct, C Santa Rosa, CA

    1. chefj Mar 7, 2011 02:49 PM

      Kermit Lynch would be a great place to start. They are knowledgeable, helpful and have a pretty good case discount.

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        escargot3 Mar 7, 2011 03:17 PM

        I've enjoyed case discounts at Kermit Lynch. Also the folks at Vino on College Ave in Berkeley have given me large discounts on big purchases.

        Both places have given me great advice.

      2. Robert Lauriston Mar 7, 2011 11:18 AM

        I've seen some wine shops offering up to 30% off on multiple case orders, but the deeper the discount on single-bottle prices, the less the case discount.

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          artemis Mar 7, 2011 11:16 AM

          After doing a lot of tasting and price shopping at various places, a friend of mine used Zonin proseco for their toast - $7 a bottle at Trader Joe's. They had 200 guests at their wedding. Since the bridesmaids assisted with invitations, favors, and all those tasks, the groomsmen were tasked with going to TJ's and buying the Zonin cases (paid for by the couple) and bringing them to the venue.

          We now buy it a half-case at a time for home use. Very pleasant, and very affordable.

          1. Windy Mar 7, 2011 11:09 AM

            If you can afford $10 a bottle, go to a privately owned wine store. All the wine stores in this area offer case discounts. That will let you choose wines that aren't mass produced to keep up with Costco or BevMo's requirements.

            I am partial to Weimax in Burlingame, which has tastings available and a great selection for a small store, but K&L would be great too.

            Weimax Wines
            1178 Broadway, Burlingame, CA

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              Bruce in SLO Mar 7, 2011 11:04 AM

              Although it may be a bit early, you may want to visit Bevmo for their Second bottle for $.05.We always seem to find some nice bargains. If yo locate something you enjoy and the price is right, pick up enough for your needs. Store in a cool and dark place.

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