Seven rules of thumb for finding good wine without wasting good money.
June 09, 2009
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Save While You Sip
Save While You Sip Our 401(k)s may have turned into 201(k)s, but plenty of people are still drinking wine, according to industry research. We're just looking for better value, and the good news is that great-tasting, inexpensive wine is overflowing store shelves. Here are seven ways to find those liquid gems.
Think Inside the Box Box and alternatively-packaged wine can deliver great value for three reasons. One, the overall quality has gone up exponentially in recent years, and it's possible to find truly delicious wine in a box. Two, environmentally friendly packaging is lightweight and cheaper to transport, which means less overall cost for you. Three, once opened, box wine lasts up to a month rather than just a few days. Brands to try: Banrock Station Chardonnay, Yellow+Blue Malbec, and Black Box Merlot.
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Supersize Me If you tend to buy one or two bottles at a time, try bulking up with an entire case. Many wine stores offer a discount of five or ten percent if you buy six or twelve bottles at a time, even if it's a mixed case (different brands rather than a case of the same wine). Some state laws don't allow wine discounts; ask your wine merchant.
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It's Who You Know, Baby
It's Who You Know, Baby Tap into the wisdom of the crowd with social media sites like snooth.com, which helps you find good wines and talk about them with other people. Ask your friends about their favorite brands, too–it's always fun to compare notes with people you know and love. Sign up for your wine store's newsletter to keep track of sales, and definitely get to know the employees, who can steer you right to the good juice.
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