$50 off $150 at Wine.com: What to buy in California?

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Here's another 33% Wine.com discount code:

AMF50 for $50 off $150 (source, HT @TheRetailTrader)

Wine.com's product availability varies by state. A friend in California asked for some suggestions so I had a look a the assortment there. Wow - it's like two different retailers, at least in categories like Burgundy.

Six Picks that ship to California

2016 Vaughn Duffy Suacci Pinot Noir

If you've been curious about Vaughn Duffy but not quite ready to take the plunge on 6 bottles, here's a chance to try just a bottle.

2018 Cakebread Chardonnay

A rare white wine recommendation from me, but I can't imagine *not* having an occasion to share a bottle of this at some point. It's debatable whether Cakebread is more known for their Cab or Charddonay. I say Cab but other might disagree. Here's an in-depth review of the brand.

2018 Sea Smoke Ten Pinot Noir

I love having a bottle of this on hand when I want to break out an elegant bottle of Pinot Noir for a special occasion. I find it benefits from some aging, if you can manage the patience to wait.

2017 Balletto Pinot Noir

A great example of an outstanding wine at a fair price that's hard to find in Massachusetts. More here.

2018 Allegrini Valpolicella

I've got a soft spot in my heart for Valpolicella, and this is a textbook example. Check out this trip report for more on Allegrini's full lineup.

2016 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet

Columbia Crest, at all price points in their lineup, has been an ever-reliable friend over the years. I think it was the first wine I ever bought based on ratings from Wine Spectator. It was something like a 90 point rated Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot (Grand Estates being one notch below H3 in cost) for something like $8. It was a great wine, and that quality to price ratio strength continues with Columbia Crest to this day.

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Ends Today: 10% Off + 10% Napa Fire Relief at Wine Access

Monday, October 5, 2020

Wine Access is offering 10% Off + 10% towards Napa Fire Relief through Monday October 5th, 2020.

Their "Limited Time Offer" wines are excluded, but there are some good wines to be had:

I'm noticing their inventory vary depending on whether I'm logged in to the site, meaning inventory varies by state. So poke around and see what else might be interesting to you?

I took a different approach than I usually do when ordering from them. I've been adequately pleased with their assortment in categories I'm more familiar with (like California Pinot Noir and Cabernet) so I took a flyer on a Volnay:


...then topped it off with some more affordable Beaujolais and Burgundy. We'll see how they go.

Free shipping on 6+ bottles, or $120+ (this is calculated before the 10% off, which is nice).

Get $50 off your first order of $150 with a referral link:

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Ritz Rosé Champagne: $39.95/btl w/Free Shipping on 6

Monday, September 21, 2020

Years ago, we stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix while visiting family for the holidays. Rates were surprisingly affordable, and thanks to the Chase Ritz-Carlton Visa, Club Lounge was included in our stay.

One of the lounge attendants tipped me off that, on request, they had a better Champagne available: A cuvee made just for Ritz hotels. I think they sold it for like $22/glass at the bar downstairs so I enjoyed it quite a bit. Especially for "free."

Fast forward to today when an offer came through for a Ritz Champagne, and a rosé no less.


I'm uncertain whether this is the same Champagne they serve at Ritz hotels worldwide. But I do see the Ritz Paris offering this in the gift shop for 62 euros a bottle.

That stay at the Ritz in Phoenix was a great memory. I think I'll tell myself that "due to Covid" (as they say), there is a glut of Ritz Champagne available at deep discount and now is the time to buy. Ha!

Get $10 off your first order with First Bottle with this referral link:

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$30 off $100 at Wine Access [Working for Existing Accounts]

Sunday, September 20, 2020


Unlike Wine.com, Wine Access doesn't "do" promo codes. Instead they rely on entry links to associate discounts with accounts.

A good one for $30 off $100 surfaced recently:

https://wineaccess.com/enjoy30

When I visit the site through this link it says "Enjoy $30 Off Your First Purchase of $100" which would seem to imply that it's intended for new users. Or, it could mean it's a "come back" offer to encourage existing users to place a $100+ order. It's working for existing accounts so let's assume it's the latter...

New Customers

If you're spinning up a new Wine Access account you'd be better off using a referral code [percentage wise] for $50 off your first $150 order. 

You could also shop through a portal as a new customer, the one and only time that portal payouts work with Wine Access (existing customers are excluded).

Here's my referral link if you're new to Wine Access:


Existing Customers

A nice thing about this "enjoy30" link is that it stacks with referral credits. If you don't have any referral credits, consider referring a spouse.

Another nice thing about this offer is how their standard offer of free shipping on $120+ applies to the pre-discounted total. So for example a $110 order after $30 discount will ship free:
What to Buy?

Everyone should consider this still-active Amex Offer.

This is well-timed for discounts on the wines I mentioned yesterday in this post.

I keep meaning to write about the $37/btl "Yesterday" Napa Cab they hyped as an "NDA"/mystery wine to compare with $500/btl wines. It really is an increidble wine. I really wish I'd bought more. I cracked a 2nd bottle of it last night and it reminded me of Phelps Insignia (though I think the indicators associate it more with Harlan lineage).

A couple still-available wines along these "mystery" lines:

HT: BrianM on Milenomics Slack and Dan Hammer on Wine Berserkers
Evidently this is being sent out as a postcard via USPS.

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