Thursday, May 26, 2016

Saving Money on Wine

In honor of National Wine Day (which should not be confused or conflated with National Whine Day), our Sommelier Department has some tips on saving money on wine:

The second-cheapest wine on the menu could have the highest markup

Trying not to look cheap, many diners go for the second-cheapest wine on the menu. Knowing this, restaurant owners will often mark it up the highest. So the next time you’re about to make a selection, share that fun tidbit with your friends. And know that no one will turn their nose up at you if you go for the absolute cheapest on the list.
Go for grapes you’ve never tried before

Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are two of America’s top favorites, according to retail sales reported by Nielsen. But going against the current can really pay off as wineries often offer deals to encourage consumers to try their new blends.
Earlier this year, Wine Spectator launched their “Xvalues” app to help wine enthusiasts discover new varieties without breaking the bank. This free app lets you sort by price, ratings, region, and you can create a list of your favorites for the next time you want to pick up a bottle at your local wine shop.During our interview, we tasted two top-valued wines under $10 that you can find on their app:  The 2014 Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Charles Smith located in Washington state, and the 2013 Portuguese red blend from Casa Santo Lima. The app is currently only available to iPhone and iPad users, but rolling out later this year for Android devices.

Think outside the box with boxed wines

Packaging wine into glass bottles can get pricey for wine distributors. To cut that cost out, going for boxed wines can mean incredible savings. One box holds about 4 bottles and costs about $20 to $25, which means you’d be paying $4 to $5 per bottle. It’s great for summer parties or any big event, but boxed wine spoils faster so you should drink it within a few days of opening. Remember what I always say: “Don’t be shy to try something new because finding out what you don’t like is just as valuable, if not more, than finding out what you do like.” 

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