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BevMo - can I trust the wine has been stored properly?

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I'm thinking of picking up a bottle of a very pricey 1996 wine and BevMo seems to have the lowest price by far.

I've never really shopped at BevMo. Can I trust that the wine has been properly stored?

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  1. No

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    1. re: SteveTimko

      As in, you get what you pay for and there is a reason BevMo's price is the lowest?

      1. re: omotosando

        I'm on a couple of wine discussion boards and too many wine geeks report they have been seriously burned by BevMo. These are not casual consumers but people with tens of thousands of dollars put into wine they intend to drink. They know their stuff.
        People have described their distribution chain and it's not reliable. Nothing like say Kermit Lynch.

    2. from what i've observed the odds are about 35% that the wine has been stored well-enough.
      this means that i'll only buy a few daily drinkers from them--not anything that one would think of as an investment. . .

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        1. No.

          1. I have bought corked bottles from wine shops, wineries , grocery stores and box joints like Bev-Mo. Except for very high end wine shops, i doubt if any really take that much care with wine. I don't buy to invest or store long term and rarely spend over $40 on a bottle. I have not had a problem returning wine at BevMo so I buy from them. I would however consider a more reliable shop for anything you consider "a very pricey" bottle.

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            1. re: budnball

              Now, a "corked" bottle, if that is what one encounters, has little to do with storage, and actually with other aspects. While high heat, and improper storage might contribute to the flaw, TCA is more about the barrels, the cork, and the bottling line, and less about storage.

              OTOH, there are many flaws, that can come about with storage, but TCA contamination is usually not one of them.

              Hunt

            2. Thanks for all the input. I am going to pass on the BevMo bargain, particularly for something 15 years old. The fact that I can return it if it is flawed doesn't do me much good if I have taken it to a restaurant and plan to open it for a celebratory dinner and suddenly we are left without our planned wine.

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              1. re: omotosando

                Were I in your situation, I would buy two bottles of X, and taste one. While that is not a 100% guarantee that bottle 2 will be perfect, it does help a bit.

                Good luck, and enjoy,

                Hunt