Buying Wine Archives

Checklist to Help You Shop Smart for Wine

wine-07 To us, a wine shop is a playground. We stop at almost every one we see and always enjoy strolling along the aisles. It’s fun to see old friends — “Look, they have a Bully Hill” — and even more fun to see labels that are new to us. But we understand that many people [...]

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Wine Picks for the Starter Collector

wine-09 To our own surprise, one of the questions we’re asked most often is this: I’d like to start a little collection of moderately priced wine. Can you recommend my first mixed case? We’re surprised because the vast majority of wine in America — estimates range from 70% to 90% — is consumed within 24 hours [...]

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10 Ways to Find a Supermarket’s Best Wines

wine-06 Down the aisle of the supermarket, in a long row, stands a veritable army of wine, bottle after bottle, shoulder to shoulder, stretching from here to there. Yep, it’s pretty daunting. But what if, instead, you saw only 30 bottles — many under $10 — and you could feel confident that any one of them [...]

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Finding a Customer-Friendly Wine Store

wine-10 In April 1992, while eating dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant on New York’s Columbus Avenue, we noticed that a wine store had just opened across the street. We pushed our girls over there in their double stroller to have a look-see. They were then 1 and 3 years old, and we were still years [...]

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wine-08 Merchants now are taking Web retailing very, very seriously and aggressively studying each other’s online presence. Customers, too, will push the transformation: While there will always be a market for people who want to order directly from a winery and geeks like us looking for rare stuff, our feeling is that, in the long run, [...]

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