As the dust settles on Cyber Monday, only 4 wine websites showed any real effort to compete for our attention. The others seem to sleepwalk through the 4-day weekend, offering a super deal or unusual wine among a long list of the usual suspects sold online year-round.
There was one clear-cut winner offering 10 exciting values: www.wineaccess.com, while the three other active sites hung in there with solid efforts.
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Top Ten Values from wineaccess.com:
2014 Three Wine Company, Zinfandel, Contra Costa $23
2013 Bouchaine Pinot Noir Carneros $20
2015 M. Sarrazin Bourgogne Rouge, Vieilles Vignes $24
2015 Akarua Rua Pinot Noir, Central Otago $21.99
2015 Domaine de la Colline, Vacqueyras, $24.99
2015 Albert Bichot Vire Clesse $19.00-30
2016 Lioco Chardonnay, Sonoma County $22
2015 Domaine Roger Sancerre, $20
2015 Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, NZ $17
2015 Silkman Semillon Hunter Valley $22
Discounts were as high as 60% on several wines with free shipping. There were other added incentives for bigger orders.
This site is now well-balanced and includes many of the big names for the big spenders such as: Caymus, Amuse Bouche, Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne, Laurent Perrier Rose, Lagier Meredith Syrah, Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot, Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet
www.wine.com was active all weekend and wrapped it up with 1 cent shipping on orders of $29 or more on Monday.
www.invino.com continues to impress as it picks up new wines from around the wine world. I liked the rarely seen Meyer Family Anderson Valley Chardonnay at $19.99, and all Foppiano wines, especially the 2014 Estate Zinfandel at $15.99.
www.cinderellawine.com kept coming up with intriguing deals over the weekend.The most amazing was the 2015 Chateau Saint Roch Chimeres, Cotes du Roussillon, $13.99 and free shipping on 6 bottles. In the Roussillon, Minervois regions, 2015 is an excellent vintage and this is one major league deal!
The other sites I monitor kept a low profile and seemed to have decided to lay low and let Amazon enjoy the spotlight.