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June 22, 2010

Cheap Fun Fresh&Easy

For those of you graced with a Fresh & Easy in your neighborhood, check your local flyer. I just found out mine is having a fabulous wine sale and though I don't frequently buy wine there, this sale is so good I'm using as an excuse to try (and review of course) some of their private label selections:

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In addition to the unheard of discount--the best I can usually find is 10% off 6 bottles--if you spend $25 you also get a free canvas wine bag. So go, buy some wine, save some money, get a bag... and then check back here for the F & E Selections reviews and let me know your thoughts.

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June 11, 2010

Swanky Table Wines are Good to the Last Drop

I don't know about you, but when I think of "table wine" I certainly do not think swanky. But the following two gems are just that.

If you've never checked it out, go to Wine Express and sign up for their Deal of the Day Newsletter. Every day you'll receive an offer for a discounted wine and 99 cent shipping. And periodically, they do a little housecleaning and offer some deeply discounted Last Drops:


colsolare.jpgCol Solare 2002 Red Mountain Estate, Columbia Valley
A "Dream Team" of winemakers come together to produce what has been called Washington State's best Cabernet-based wine. Marcus Notaro and Renzo Cotarella from Tenuta Antinori and Doug Gore of Ste, Michelle source grapes from a 30-acre estate vineyard in the Red Mountain appellation, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. The 2002 scored 94 points from Robert Parker and is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Syrah. The wine is aged 26 months in a mix of French and American oak, 92% new. It shows depth and concentration with layers of dark chocolate, black pepper, black plum and vanilla. Supple tannins linger on a lengthy finish. Very Limited! $49 (originally $74.95)


branon.jpgChateau Branon 2001 Pessac-Leognan
The Origins of Garage Wine
What exactly is garage wine? The term refers to great wines made in very meager facilities and it's not the winemaking facility, but the commitment of the vintner that makes these wines so impressive. Jean-Luc Thunevin led the movement and by the 2000 vintage, there were at least 25 of these wines being made in Saint-Emilion. Now, they affect areas that were previously untouched, such as the Graves and the Médoc.

Purchased by the owners of Chateau Haut-Bergey, the Garcin family, they sought the help of Jean-Luc Thunevin to make their 2000 vintage a Garagiste style luxury cuvee. This estate, which was very famous in the 18th century, was abandoned and then partly left to the urbanization of the 20th century. The vineyard is located between Haut-Bailly and Malartic-Lagravière on gravelly soil and planted with 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. In 2001 Michel Rolland took over as winemaker and produced this extraordinarily rich, powerful wine. $81 (originally $159.95)

via Wine Express

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May 5, 2010

Another Day, Another Deal at My Wines Direct

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I typically mock all of the retailers who make a holiday out of everything, Grandparents Day, Administrative Professionals and the like. Secretly though, I love the deals. I am cheap, but a special sort of cheap. I won't buy something just because it is cheap. I like to find real values... things that look and feel and taste like the cost more than they do. So if you're sort-of snickering at the idea of Cinco de Mayo wine--that's right, I said wine for Cinco de Mayo--reserve your mockery for after you check out this fantastic pack of truly interesting wine picks:

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
4 Reds & 2 Whites $69.95
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we are celebrating with a fiesta of wine and savings! For a limited time, take $33 off this premium collection of wines from around the world. Perfect for entertaining with friends and family!
Enjoy the Argentine Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon with traditional Mexican meals or heartier fare. Or try the unique Californian Petit Verdot and Meritage which pair perfectly with red meats, poultry, and bold cheeses. The "Double T" Chardonnay from the award winning Trefethen vineyards, is a smooth, medium-bodied wine with a spicy finish, great with any dish.

via MyWinesDirect

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April 28, 2010

Spring Blowout Pack

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My Wines Direct always has great deals on wine packs with FREE SHIPPING, but this week they have a crazy good deal going on:

Spring Blowout $65.95
3 Reds & 3 Whites
Put your feet up, relax and enjoy six delicious wines at an incredible price. Our lowest price of the season saves you $23! Plus, we deliver your wine at no charge.
This pack has three refreshing California whites - two lush Chardonnays and and one fruity Sauvignon Blanc, and three International reds - a hearty Shiraz from Australia, a bold Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina and a delicious Syrah-Grenache from France!
Six Great Wines, One Great Price and $0 Shipping!

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April 5, 2010

Spring Clearance on Wine at Wine.com

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December 15, 2009

Procrastinators Rejoice! Last Minute Wine Deals to Keep the Jingle in Your Pocket

If you're just starting your holiday shopping--or maybe just thinking about starting--you can still find great deals on great gifts. My Wines Direct is offering 4 Santa's Blowout deals and I don't think you'll find wines this good at prices this low anywhere. AND they ship for free!

Santas-Blowout-Dozen_Mixed_265x265_120309b (2).jpgSanta's Blowout Dozen - Mixed
Take advantage of the last Blowout Mixed Dozen of the season. All new wines, all delicious and all at an incredible savings! Save an amazing $61 on this premium selection of red and white wines: 8 Reds and 4 Whites for only $99! Plus, save even more with everyday $0 Shipping. Get 4 bottles each of a juicy Malbec, a tasty Syrah and a luscious Chardonnay. Check the shipping rules to make sure you get your wine in time. Price $99

Santa's Blowout Dozen - Mixed includes:
Las Tizas Malbec 2008 (4 bottles)
Marmesa Syrah 2006 (4 bottles)
Salamander Chardonnay 2008 (4 bottles)

cyber-monday-blowout-mix-2652.jpgBest of the Blowouts - Mixed Six
Best of the Blowouts: save $12 on this great selection of red and white wines! This pack includes 2 bottles each of lightly oaked Chardonnay, a zesty and inviting Zinfandel and a balanced and smooth Merlot. Get six excellent wines for only $69 and as always, enjoy $0 Shipping right to your door. Price $69

Best of the Blowouts - Mixed Six includes:
Snowy River Merlot 2008 (2 bottles)
Marmesa Chardonnay 2005 (2 bottles)
Crawford Canyon Zinfandel 2007 (2 bottles)

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November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday - The Reader's Digest Version

All you really want to know is where to get the best wine, the best deals on wine and the coolest wine gifts, right? Well, we're here to weed though the Cyber Monday email mess for you... and to give you our our two-cents as to the best deals of the day.

mwd-logo-christmas-129x112.jpgMyWinesDirect.com
One of my favorites for overall wine quality and price points. They have a limited inventory that is constantly changing, but it is all good and mostly in our $20 or under/bottle price range. You'll notice they offer the most choices today... not just your basic CyberMonday shipping offers:


Save 15% off Gift Baskets! Use Coupon Code: MWGBCM09

CyberMonday Blowout Dozen - All Red pack: 12 Red Wines for $99! Regularly priced at $180, you save $80. With our everyday $0 Shipping, this amazing value cannot be beat.

CyberMonday Blowout- Mixed: 4 Reds, 2 Whites for $69, plus $0 Shipping

CyberMonday Blowout - Whites: 6 Whites for $69, plus $0 Shipping


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Today only 1 cent shipping on $49 or more. Enter code cybermon in cart.


Uncorked.com
This is a great site that offers an interesting deal of the day, assistance with wine selection based on your personal tastes and some really cool gift ideas.
FREE SHIPPING on all orders today


we_logo.jpgWine Enthusiast
If you're looking for a wine accessory, chances are you'll find it at Wine Enthusiast. I've picked a few of my favorites that are on sale today, but do yourself a favor and check out the rest of the list. From bottle stoppers and t-shirts, to glasses and wine refrigerators, there is bound to be something for someone on your list... and at a hefty discount until 11:59 (ET) tonight.

33% off Nuance Wine Finer

50% off Weekend Wine Bag

37% off Wine Essence Kit

Happy Shopping!!
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April 1, 2009

March Madness Sale at My Wines Direct

MWDlogo.jpgI know it is April already, but March Madness is still going on at My Wines Direct. They have a great, albeit limited, selection of wines that they select BY TASTE (you'd be surprised at the number of retailers who skip this crucial aspect of the buying process) and they offer them at great prices. The catch is, you must order in quantities of six, but shipping is FREE. My last order was a mixed pack of six which set me back $82 (about $13/bottle). But they always have specials for packs in the $75 range.

Check out these March Madness specials in the $70-$175 range (please note there is a pack of 12 included):

Chardonnaypack.jpgChardonnay Selections - 6 Whites $69.95
This impressive collection of whites showcases the different styles of Chardonnay. Do you prefer the styles of California or Chile? Sample and see which you like best! Chardonnay is the #1 white varietal in the US; you can never have enough. Five oak-aged picks in this collection plus 1 Semillon Chardonnay for a little variety. My Wines Direct's Final Four - Chardonnay Selections, now only $69.95 + FREE Shipping. Limited time offer valid 03-24 to 4-6. Shop today!

Royal_Reds_.jpgRoyal Reds - 6 Reds $79.95
These royal reds are the best of their lands, with full, rich flavors. You'll love the zesty Australian Merlot, the bold Spanish Rioja, the smooth Argentinian Syrah, plus 3 more stately reds. You can enjoy these reds with so many hearty meals or pour a few glasses for a quiet night in. My Wines Direct's Final Four - Royal Reds, now only $79.95 + FREE Shipping. Limited time offer valid 03-24 to 4-6. Shop today!

foreignfinds.jpgTour the World of Wine - Mixed $84.95
Take a taste tour-de-force through small vineyards around the globe. Try a Pouilly-Fuisse from France, a classic Chardonnay from California or a Semillon-Chardonnay blend from Australia. Move on to reds and enjoy a Rioja from Spain, Syrah from Argentina and Cab from California. My Wines Direct's Final Four - Foreign Finds, now only $84.95 + FREE Shipping. Limited time offer valid 03-24 to 4-6. Buy now!

Better_By_the_Dozen.jpgBetter By the Dozen - Mixed $174.95
This pack includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Mencia Roble, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rioja and 6 more versatile wines - you'll find a wine to pair perfectly with each dish and to suit all tastes. This pack also includes our special 10 year aged Napa Cabernet - a velvety, rich wine, aged to perfection, ten years in the making. My Wines Direct's Final Four - Better by the Dozen, now only $174.95 + FREE Shipping. Limited time offer valid 03-24 to 4-6. Shop today!

And if you want a really great pack of interesting wines, check out the
referee_rules_1.jpgBracket Buster:
3 Whites, 3 Reds $72.94
The ref has made the final call - this truly is a winning line up. Three rich reds, three cool whites plus $23 in savings AND $0 Shipping. Easy sipping and easy savings with this international mix - reds and whites from Spain, California and Chile. No matter what your bracket shows, you'll get a winning wine each time with these six wines. Don't let the clock run out on this deal. Beat the buzzer - savings end April 6!!

What I really love about My Wines Direct, aside from the great prices and free shipping, is the selection of wines I've never heard of--and they're all guaranteed. My first order arrived with tasting notes, tips and a special offer to use on my next order.

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May 24, 2007

A Whole Mess O' Wines Under $15

We bet you woke up this morning and said to yourself, "Self, I wish someone would post a story including 17 different wines under $15 so I can hit the liquor store." Your wish is our command. From Syrah to Riesling to Sangiovese, check out this roundup of more cheap wine than you can shake a stick at.

Washington Post - Bottles That Won't Break the Bank

As an interesting side note, this story was written by the same folks who wrote What to Drink with What You Eat- a little book that happens to be our favorite new food and booze pairing companion.

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January 3, 2007

Ring in 2007 with Wine Deals

Cheap WineIf you're anything like us, you're a little less than flush right now money-wise after blowing it all on Christmas presents and celebratory drinks. Even if you're nothing like us, January can be a little tight, especially when it comes to buying wine. We've found an interesting article that rounds up a bunch of good wines for bottom shelf prices - we wish we could take advantage of the $2 deal from Trader Joe's but the stupid laws in Massachusetts won't let us buy wine at any old store. Anyway, check out the write up of the TJ's recommendation below and read the full story at MercuryNews.com.

TWO-BUCK ALTERNATIVE: When you're shopping at Trader Joe's, you could reach for the Two-Buck Chuck. But for the same money at TJ's, you can buy something a little more unusual and interesting from Argentina. Most stores still have the 2005 Amaicha Torrontes ($1.99), a floral, aromatic wine with a fragrance reminiscent of gewürztraminer, as well as notes of white peach, honeysuckle and jasmine. But the wine is likely to sell out soon, so don't wait if you want to try it. There was a red from the same winery made from the bonarda grape, believed by some to be the same grape as California's charbono, but the wine was sold out at every store I tried.

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December 13, 2006

Top Wines for $5.99 or Less

Empty PocketsThe holidays are a time for giving, and while that do wonders for your tiny Grinch-like heart, it can make your wallet feel three sizes too small. Luckily, there are easy ways to find passable-to-good wines for under $10 to help stretch your budget. AOL Food has put together a list of wines available for even less than that - they went through 34 wines and found the top five you can buy for $5.99 or less. We knew about the deals Trader Joe's has (though we can't partake in them thanks to the barbaric liquor laws in Massachusetts), but there are a couple on the list that surprised us.

Head on over to AOL Food to see the slide show and check out their list, and tell 'em Cheap Fun Wines sent ya.

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October 16, 2006

Woot Wine 10/16/06: Poizin Zinfandel

Poizin Zinfandel TrioThis week's Wine Woot has the greatest wine name EVAR (prove us wrong) and we were all fired up for it as soon as we saw Massachusetts on the list of states available for shipping. We mean "Poizin," with a skull and crossbones on the label? Sign us the hell up. Then we remembered that with the delivery times you can expect for Massachusetts, we'd be seeing our bottles in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas, when the humor would be gone.

Anyway, Poizin sounds like good stuff according to the Wine Woot description, and costs in the neighborhood of $25 per bottle in comparison to Woot's $52.99 for three bottles (plus $5 for shipping). It's a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah and it seems like a good deal, plus you can buy a bottle of Antidote (a pinot gris) from the winery's website. Get your claws on a bottle of Poizin through Woot Wine and don't forget to check out the blog for reader tips and catty comments.

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October 13, 2006

Wines 'Til Sold Out

logo_WinesTillSoldOut.gifWe've been paying a lot of attention to Woot Wine lately, but it's come to attention they're not the only "sell wine for an allotted time period" game in town. We've recently discovered Wine 'Til Sold Out, another online venture that works on the Woot model.

This one offers wine deals updated daily instead of weekly like Woot Wine, and from what we've seen they tend to sell single bottles that are significantly discounted, from 30-70% off. Even so, they still seem to come in at a slightly higher price than we usually spend (today's deal is a $70 Tuscan wine for just over $40).

If you're looking to widen your online wine deal horizons, put these guys in your bookmarks and check them out every day (you can also sign up for email alerts). They currently ship to 20 states, and they seem to offer free shipping on orders of two or more bottles. Check out the deals and get the full rundown at Wines 'Til Sold Out.

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October 10, 2006

Woot Wine 10/09/06: Parker Station Critter Quartet

Parker Station Critter QuartetYe gods we look forward to each week's Wine Woot. Overall they're great deals, and if they would ever work it out so we could order it (stupid no shipping to Massachusetts) we'd be getting there every week. This week's Woot includes four bottles (2 Syrah, 1 Chardonnay, 1 Pinot Noir) from Parker Station for $29.99. Even when you include the $5 for shipping that comes in at less than nine bucks a bottle.

Nothing heart stopping when you compare it to the typical price of $10-$12 plus shipping at other wine sites, but it seems like it'd be fun to experiment with. Check out this week's Wine Woot blog for customer feedback, and check the main Wine Woot page to see if they're shipping to your state. Oh, and make sure you're not drunk when they deliver it.

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