A while back we took a closer look at whether it really makes sense to buy wine online. Doing the math, the deal has got to be pretty screaming for it to be worthwhile.
Well, here's a happy update that incorporates some helpful and actionable information.
- Earlier this week I recommended the 2009 Columbia Crest Syrah. At $14, it's a hell of a deal. But as common as Columbia Crest is, the Syrah is not so easy to come by.
- Taking some of my own advice, I used the super awesome Wine-Searcher site to track some more down.
- One of the few places in the results list? The previously recommended Marketview Liquor. I've been to this Rochester, NY store and it's terrific. They have a great selection, good prices, and responsive service.
- Click, click, clickety-click and I've got a 6 pack of the stuff in my shopping cart. Price? $8.99. Shipping for a case is $25, adding a touch over $2 per bottle. As long as I was there I did a little poking around and grabbed a few bottles of 2010 La Grange Clinet Bordeaux, also previously recommended on these pages. Normally priced at $16, Marketview's got it for $11. Oh, and it turns out that the Syrah is eligible for a case discount.
- All in my case of wine (delivered) is $130.49. My cost to source locally (If I could even track down more of the Syrah)? $181. I'll take a net saving of $50 any day of the week.
- These guys also do FREE SHIPPING deals on increments of 6. Check out their website or Twitter feed.
So, Dave. Yes, I've got a recommendation on a place for online wine. Marketview Liquor. Shipping prices will vary depending on where you are, just as savings will vary based on what you're shopping for.