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Cheapest Way To Buy Wine In Bulk

Many retailers throw in a 10 to 20 percent discount when you opt for a full case of wine. (Yeah, really!) Online shops may also offer free shipping for case orders as well. This is a huuuuge money saver.

cheapest way to buy wine in bulk

Good-quality wines, with an average bottle price of $15. Get a few Douro red blends around $10 and you could spring for the $20 Willamette Pinot Noir or Etna Rosso. Choose lesser-known regions and more affordable wine countries for the best value.

Very good-quality wines, with an average bottle price of $20. You could probably add in some classics, like Chablis or Rioja, and still get excellent bottles from less expensive regions like the Loire Valley, the Finger Lakes, or Washington. This is the sweet spot for great quality wine at a great value.

We work with many high-end concepts with extensive wine collections and higher price points. Our internal data shows a median alcohol spend of around $30,000 per month before the pandemic, and around $10,000 per month after, for bars and restaurants like that.

The bar or pub layout, what kind of bar it is, and what prices their competitors have, for example. And even who their customers are, what type of liquor they're selling, and what their liquor pour cost is. Which, conveniently, they can find out with a pour cost calculator. You'll certainly be paying more if you buy through a high-end wine negociant.

When pricing specific liquor types and qualities, most bar owners and managers divide their liquor into three tiers based on quality: well, call, and top shelf. It's very much related to the bar layout. Then they price accordingly. Sometimes using psychological pricing, believe it or not. We'll also touch briefly on how bars price wine.

For a long time, I used the shotgun method of buying wine. I went to the store and bought bottles at random, usually based on whether I liked the label. (No joke!) Nowadays, however, I'm more methodical. I'm reluctant to buy a wine I haven't tried before; I mostly buy wines I know I like. And I try to get them for as little as possible.

My top tip for saving money on wine is to buy what you like. When you buy a bottle blindly, there's a chance you won't enjoy it. Buying bad wine is like pouring money down the drain. But if you stick with old favorites, wine can be an excellent value.

How can you tell what you like? You have to experiment. Wine recommendations should be treated like movie reviews: They can give you a general idea of what you're going to get, but your actual reaction will be intensely personal. To know for sure, you have to taste a wine.

When you find something you really like, write it down. For me, this only happens about once a year. When I taste a wine that knocks my socks off, I immediately send myself an e-mail so I won't forget. After doing this for the past few years, I've developed a short list (of four wines) that I'd actually like to have on hand.

There's no need to keep elaborate notes (unless you want to). I'm an unsophisticated wine drinker. Oaky? Fruity? Full of tannins? Heck if I know. Some people are serious about wine, and that's fine. For me, though, wine is fun. Eating a good meal while sharing a bottle of wine is a bonding experience. Wine brings people together. And it does that just as well at $8 a bottle as at $80 a bottle.

I'm sure there are other ways to buy wine for less, too. Consumer Reports, for example, is a fan of buying wine online. (Their wine shopping tips include advice for buying via the web.) And I've always wondered if it might be possible to get a good deal by buying directly from the winemaker. If you have tips for saving on wine, please let me know.

Next, I stopped at Safeway to buy some pricier wine. (We usually take this to parties; I don't mind giving expensive wine as a hostess gift, but I can't bring myself to drink it at home. Is that weird?) Using the sale I mentioned above, I bought six bottles regularly priced $20 or more. I paid a total of $96 for wines that would normally have cost $150.

Last-minute shoppers, be warned: you waste money picking up a six-pack or a bottle of wine on your way to a party. According to the shopper-rewards app Ibotta, consumers pay 9% more for beer on Saturday than on Monday and 6% more for wine than on Tuesday. This appears to be the first-ever data to show that by purchasing different products on different days, consumers can save cash.

Ibotta analyzed 50 million receipts scanned by users after buying beer, wine and all sorts of other consumer products at stores, bars and restaurants and found that craft beer buyers save 3% by shopping on Tuesday instead of Sunday, and that generally, these same buyers spend 13% more per ounce on a six-pack than non-craft beer buyers ($9.03 vs. $8.05).

I am a Professor, Wine Writer and Consultant based in Napa and Sonoma, California. As an award-winning author and educator, I specialize in wine business strategy, marketing, leadership/executive development, and wine lifestyle. My passion is wine, and I have visited most of the major wine regions of the world and more than 65 countries. I teach part-time in the Wine MBA program at Sonoma State University, and also teach a wine business class for Stanford Continuing Education. My publications number over 200 articles and 9 books, including Call of the Vine, Best Practices in Global Wine Tourism and Luxury Wine Marketing. I completed my Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Human Resources, and became a Master of Wine (MW) in May 2011, after passing the most rigorous wine exam in the world. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, golf, reading, and wine dinners with family and friends, as well as serving on several non-profit wine boards and being a wine judge.

Kate Dingwall is a spirits and wine writer by day, and a sommelier by night. Her work has appeared in Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, MAXIM Magazine,, InsideHook, Serious Eats, Eater, and VinePair, and a number of other publications, both online and print. A Canadian export, she likes her martinis wet and from Jura. Reach her at .

Trying to carry home two bottles of wine, a handle of whiskey, a six-pack of beer, and some bitters to stock our bar cart might as well be an Olympic sport. But buying alcohol doesn't have to be so strenuous, and for anyone who can't or doesn't want to go outside to the store, there's always alcohol delivery.

We've broken down how to buy alcohol online and the best places to order from whether you're into spirits, wine, or beer. Some can get you your alcohol within a couple of hours of ordering, while others may have set shipping schedules. Always keep in mind that each state has its own laws when it comes to delivering alcohol. 041b061a72


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