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How much do you spend on wine?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by johnw86, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. Saltwater Wrangler

    Saltwater Wrangler Senior member

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    So how many of you guys frequently buy 1/2 and full cases vs single bottles in building your collections?

    Pretty much only buy in 1/2 cases, sometimes full. I'm not big on spending a lot on wine but you can work good deals and discounts if you buy in bulk. I'd suggest cozying up to a local store owner and see if he can make it happen...
     
  2. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    I rarely spend more than $15 a bottle for stuff to drink at home. At restaurants, I desparately try to stay under $75.

    Restaurants are a problem. The usual formula is 2.5 times retail price. So a $50 bottle is suddenly $125. An $80 is suddenly $200. And then there is the tip. I am a generous tipper, but frankly, I don't think a guy deserves $40 extra for pouring me what is in reality an $80 bottle of wine.

    So we try and either reserve a good wine with a meal out for special occasions or if we find a good inexpensive wine on a menu that will reasonably match what each of us is having to eat. Surprisingly, certain meals are the easiest to find a good wine for cheap that matches the dinner. Like a crab leg dinner, or a rich fish goes well with an inexpensive Reisling.
     
  3. visionology

    visionology Senior member

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    I stick to less than $20 when buying anything for home. Usually it is just a dinner beverage for us, nothing more.
     
  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Pretty much only buy in 1/2 cases, sometimes full. I'm not big on spending a lot on wine but you can work good deals and discounts if you buy in bulk. I'd suggest cozying up to a local store owner and see if he can make it happen...

    I would go one step farther and say do not shop at a place that does not offer discounts for purchases of 1/2 or at least a full case. My two main wine shops have a 15% and 20% discount for case purchases.
     
  5. Smokestack

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    I keep it under $10 unless the people at the store have something really glowing to say about it or if it's a varietal from a region that I typically like a lot. Then, I'll usually go up to $25ish.
     
  6. Girardian

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    This question depends entirely on what kind of wine I am buying and from what region. You can do well with $20 in Malbec and Spain, but that's a tall order where regions like Napa are concerned.

    My typical price range doesn't fall in a $10 bracket -- it's more like $30-$50 based primiarily on the regions I buy from.

    That said, I like nothing more than an amazing wine at a great price. The Pascual Toso is a wonderful example of that kind of discovery.
     

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