In this era of online shopping and home deliveries, we all tend to prefer one stop shopping. It is simply easier, less annoying and frustrating. And studying several websites and going over lists will only add a little more stress to daily living. We dont need that.
If you share these beliefs, then allow me to share where I would go online for one-stop wine shopping. Since my choice may surprise you, let me explain my reasoning.
First, I prefer more than bargain wines, I want wines with some excitement and sizzle. Small production, distinctive wines, not wines or brands owned by giants like Gallo and Treasury which will always be available.
I also look for wines that before discounts, I would normally find way over my budget.
And right now, I am going all out to take advantage of the temporary market which has many restaurants unable to take showcase wines allocated to them.
For instance today the Flowers 2016 Sonoma Coast, Seaview Ridge Pinot Noir is offered at $55, but it retails for $80 and is usually on wine lists for around $125.
As for timing, I’m looking for more lively, refreshing wines to drink over the summer, not blockbusters or age-worthy monsters.
So, here’s this weekend’s shopping list for one-stop wine shopping. Within a monthly wine budget of $250, I would buy 3 bottles each of the following:
2019 Private Property by Caraccioli, Rosé Santa Lucia Highlands, $14.00
2017 Le P’tit Paysan, Chardonnay Jack’s Hill Monterey, $14.00
2018 Cotes du Rhone, Domaine L’Abbe Dine, $15.00
2018 Brassfield Estate Malbec, Volcanic Ridge $18.00
2018 Tank Garage Winery Fast Machine Red Blend Sierra Foothills $20.00
So, there you have it.
And, yes I expect most have not heard about these wines. These are all limited production wines normally sold direct and/or destined for restaurant wine lists.
The lovely Rose is from a region famous for Pinot noir. The racey Chardonnay is a single vineyard version made by Ian Brand, noted sommelier. The Rhone is made by a famous winemaker. The pure, balanced Malbec is from Lake County which is known for red wines, and Tank Garage in Calistoga was on its way to becoming a hot wine destination for the in crowd.
You can find these wines at www.invino.com which is based in Napa County.
None. I’m not an influencer auditioning for free samples. I’m not an affiliate working on a commission. I have no personal relationship with anyone at invino.com.
Next week, new selections.
I drink wines and I know things.