Buying wine: Getting the most out of sales, discounts, and coupons

First, a disclaimer. Liquor laws vary by state so your wine buying experience may be very different if you are, for example, buying wine in the supermarket. Who doesn’t love a deal? Here are ten tips for navigating sales, coupons and discounts from someone who has stood on both sides of the check-out counter. 1.Continue reading “Buying wine: Getting the most out of sales, discounts, and coupons”

Lan Rioja Reserva

Advertising for the upcoming Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival in NYC in May reminds me that we have a bottle of Lan Rioja Reserva in the cellar. Of the three major Spanish red varietals, Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Monastrell, our current favorite is Tempranillo. We usually keep a Rioja or Ribera del Duero on hand. TheContinue reading “Lan Rioja Reserva”

Masi Tupungato Passo Doble, this week’s TGIF wine

Finally it’s Friday and we’re feeling adventurous to try a new wine. We select a Masi Tupungato Passo Doble 2011 that is sale priced at $12. The wine is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Corvina from Mendoza, Argentina. As the wine is aerating in the glass I catch an aromatic whiff from acrossContinue reading “Masi Tupungato Passo Doble, this week’s TGIF wine”

Coppola Black Label Claret

Coppola Claret is one of those everyday wines that is easy to find and attractively priced at about $15. We drink it often by default, when we aren’t in the mood for experimenting. It feels comfortable like sweatpants and slippers on a cold, wintry night. The wine is a Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,Continue reading “Coppola Black Label Claret”

Use it or lose it: what to do with leftover beer and wine

In conversation with a customer in our liquor store one day, she begins reminiscing about her wedding 40 years ago. She is wondering what to do the leftover wine that she had saved from the reception and asks if we would be interested in it. We’re thinking 40 years is a long time but aContinue reading “Use it or lose it: what to do with leftover beer and wine”

Seven Deadly Zins

Wines with unconventional names are pushing the boundaries in the shuffle for attention in a crowded marketplace. We have bought our share of bottles that made us laugh. Arrogant Frog, PromisQous, Purple Cowboy, and Il Bastardo were drinkable but mostly one-time buys. One cleverly named wine that we have been drinking fairly regularly is SevenContinue reading “Seven Deadly Zins”