Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wine Gifts $25 or less

I was reading the Wine Spectator's 2008 Top 100 list and was surprised to find so many bottles of wine for $25 or less and that EVEN includes one in the top 10. Nice!

Here's a list of the wines from the list that are $25 or less. You can get that someone special a quality bottle of wine and NOT brake the bank. Score!

The first number represents the wine ranking within the top 100 list and the second score is the Wine Spectator score using the 100 point scale.
  • #10, 93 - Seghesio Zindandel 2007 Sonoma County, $24
  • #30, 93 - Byron Chardonnay 2005 Santa Maria Valley, $25
  • #38, 92 - Bodega Colome Malbec 2004 Toro San Roman, $25
  • #40, 91 - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Marlborough, $19
  • #42, 92 - Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Walla Walla, $25
  • #44, 92 - Leasingham Riesling 2007 Clare Valley Magnus, $12
  • #51, 90 - Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico 2006 Berardenga, $17
  • #52, 90 - Bodegas LAN Rioja Reserva 2004, $17
  • #55, 91 - Yalumba Viognier 2007 Edna Valley, $19
  • #58, 90 - Louis Latour Marsannay 2005, $20
This is a great list. Everything is $25 or less, 90 points or higher, and there is a wonderful selection of wines to choose from, both reds and whites.

Directions for use: print this out, go to nearest favorite wine retailer, find wines on list and buy =) Don't be afraid to pick up a bottle or two for yourself!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Amazon to Free the Grapes!

The word on the street is Amazon is going back into wine sales. Their first foray was a 30 million dollar investment in back in 2005 that basically failed, in large part, due to difficult and varied interstate wine shipping laws.

Another reason was, actually would pose as a customer and have other wine sellers ship them wine illegally and then turn that seller in to the authorities. It didn't take long for many of's customers to feel betrayed and NOT buy wine from

An organization called Free the Grapes! is trying to enact legistlation that will allow consumers to purchase directly from the wineries and retailers, i.e. no middleman/wholesaler. This will remove the many convoluted shipping laws that are keeping us from getting some great wines at great prices.

So Amazon, once again, is getting into the wine business. They will be using a company called New Vine Logistics that deals in wine fulfillment and can deliver to 45 states. Wine purchases on Amazon would even qualify for its discount shipping program, Amazon Prime, in which goods are shipped free for a yearly fee of $79. Amazon Prime is SO totally worth it for wine... SCORE!

There are many things going on behind the scenes here. Naturally the Wholesalers are lobbying for all the laws to stay the same. If they don't, they will lose a lot of business. My hope is that Amazon will use its signifacant pull to further the goals of direct-to-consumer laws.

Amazon's wine sales were supposed to be up last month some time, hopefully it will be up before the Christmas season. Keep a look out for it.