On “International Chardonnay Day,” the trending story within online wine sales was….great deals in bigtime red wines.
Seeing many collectible reds quickly made me forget about Chardonnay.
Researching many, many special offerings during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend, I discovered the time was ripe to buy serious red wines not to sip, but to savor and stash away.
The background that helps make sense is that the closure of so many restaurants and wine bars has famous reds not being re-ordered. Producers and importers have seen inventories stagnate.
So the leading online wine sellers are being offered rare wines that normally would not be seen online at discounted prices.
It hit me when I saw Paradigm Cabernet offered way below normal at winespies.com. Paradigm, Heidi Barrett’s longtime client, normally sells for big bucks and mainly to mail list clients.
Today, another site offered the 2015 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for $109 a pop.
Another featured a 2010 Chateau Lascombes, a coveted Margaux for $99.
Yes, culty wines usually snapped up by collectors and high-rollers are backing up in warehouses.
So make room in your wine cellars and wait for the home deliveries to begin arriving.
Here are 10 great examples of serious red wines that caught my eye.
The web addresses are provided and represent the best sites for finding these or similar wines over the next few days:
2010 Château Lascombes, Margaux $99 at www.wtso.com
2015 Beringer vineyards Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $109.00 at http://www.lastbottlewines.com
2015 Robert Craig Howell Mountain Merlot, $49.00 at www.winespies.com
2017 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $36.95 at www.finalcase.com
2015 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $40.00 at www.sommselect.com
2015 Seghesio Family Vineyards, Old Vine Zinfandel $29.00 at www.wineaccess.com
2014 Saxon Brown Zinfandel Parmelee Hill, $26.99 at www.vivino.com
2015 Domaine Du Grand Montmirail Gigondas, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, $28.47at www. wineExpress.com
2016 Cos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $29.99 at www.vivino.com
2017 Vina Robles Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, $21.97 at www.napacabs.com
With wineries and restaurants beginning to open to some degree, the high-end red wines wont be offered at reduced prices for too long.
The window will soon be closing.
So act fast.
You can thank me later.