Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I've been on their E-mail list for a while now, and I'm always amazed by the quality wines they carry especially given their out-of-the-way location in Western Massachusetts near the New York border (map). The good news for Boston-area wine lovers is that they can legally ship wine to our doorsteps. With this free shipping offer, it will be the first time I've ordered from them.
I love free shipping deals. Rationally because shipping can be rather expensive. Irrationally because money spent on shipping feels like wasted money.
To help get you started filling up your shopping cart, I got together with one of my value-hunting wine buddies and put together a list of some of the best values we found:
- La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 2006
This wine was on top of both our lists. The Spirit Shoppe carries several entry level wines from Spinetta and that's really attractive to me. I had this wine a couple months ago and rated it 89 points.
- 75 Wine Co. The Sum 2007
Also on both our lists. Following up on multiple comments and recommendations I've gotten on this wine. Seems like a good chance to try this without buying too many bottles.
- Sottimano Barbaresco Cottà 2004
Fantastic price-point on this wine from a highly regarded Barbaresco producer. Read more about a Sottimano tasting we both attended here.
- Fattoria di Basciano Il Pini 2006
91 WS for less than $20 for this Tuscan red.
- Annabella Pinot Noir Carneros 2007
I really like this wine as a just-over-$10 Pinot. Read more here.
- Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008
These ~$20 Siduri Pinots have been tough to find in MA and 2008 Oregon Pinot is supposed to be an incredible vintage. Spectator says "86" but CellarTracker reviews are trending north of 90. '08 Siduri Sonoma also available.
- Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Really enjoyed this when I tried it late last year. Rated it 94 points and available for a good price here. Depends on how much $60 Cab you need in your stash.
- Cosentino Merlot 1995
Some concerns about the age here, but good QPR.
- Cantina del Pino Barbaresco 2005
Good sale price from this producer. I continue to be on a Barbaresco kick.
- La Spinetta Moscato d'Asti Bricco Quaglia 2009
Don't know much about this wine but was interested to try it. Just noticed it's a half-bottle. Hmm...
- Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
More about this wine HERE. Incredible stuff but pricey. Fair pricing here.
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Question of the Day: What values did we miss? Leave a comment and let us know. Looking to combine purchasing power to save 15% on a mixed case of non-sale items? Drop me an E-mail at email@example.com and I'll see if it's convenient to combine orders.