Rakuten 10x Back at Wine.com: Wines I'm Consistently Buying

Monday, August 24, 2020

Shopping portal Rakuten is offering 10x back at Wine.com today. You can see this is a good rate that heightens every month or two through Cashback Monitor's handy tracking feature.

Some other portals to consider for Wine.com (that aren't tracked by CashbackMonitor) are RetailMeNot and FreeShipping.com/ShopSmarter. RetailMeNot doesn't consistently offer cashback for Wine.com however. And FreeShipping.com/ShopSmarter require a subscription of around $10/month in order to get 10% cashback at all the retailers they work with.

I like Rakuten because you can elect to have earnings converted into Amex Membership Rewards which can be worth more than 1 cent per point towards travel.

If you don't have a Rakuten account yet, here is a referral link. $25 for me, $10 for you after spending $25+:

Promo Codes

Here's a list of promo codes for August 2020 with up to 40% off.

Keep in mind that Wine.com promo codes are single-use (per Wine.com account) so the optimal play is subscribing for StewardShip then breaking up your orders into smaller chunks to maximize the promo codes with the deepest discounts first.

What I've Been Buying

These are Wine.com affiliate links

One of the most common recommendations people are looking for is a good $10 Cab. This sells for $12.99 in MA at the moment so towards that goal I can't think of a better play.

Total Wine has it for $12.97 in MA and Wine.com is at $15.99. With discounts Wine.com is cheaper, though I usually prefer finding wines that Wine.com sells for closer to the best available price. Still, this Prosecco is great in an Aperol Spritz and we tend to go through a bunch of it and it's nice to have it delivered to the house without additional cost.

This has been an amazingly reliably outstanding California Pinot Noir. Just so vibrant, pure, and powerful while still showing elegant restraint. At $34.99 from Wine.com it's a fair price and not widely traded at local retailers. After discounts this is a great value.

For some reason, I find myself cracking a Honig Cab regularly for Friday night pizza night. It delivers on what I'm looking for in a Napa Cab every. Single. Time. I don't see other retailers undercutting the $43.99 price this goes for in MA so it's well suited to purchase from Wine.com.

They used to sell this for like $33 at Total Wine. But recently they've increased the price there to over $50. Wine.com has it for $49.99 so after discounts the pricing is very attractive. It's been spectacular every time I've tried it, often veering into "Classic" territory (95+ points) for me. More here in this post.


[Targeted] $50 off $200 at Wine Access

Thursday, August 13, 2020

I got a postcard in the mail today from Wine Access offering $50 off $200 on existing accounts, to celebrate the redesign of their website.

They actually did revamp their site. They're finding their way between being a flash deal site, a generalist online retailer, and a purveyor of allocated wines and as they do so they're going through some transitions.

Along the way, search and naviagation has indeed improved.
When I enter their site through the /newsite link I see a banner for $50 off $200. And when I proceed to place an order of $200+ I see $50 off:
But when I compare notes with a non-targeted account, I do not see $50 off $200. So it feels to me like this is a targeted offer.

How to Play It

The utility I see in this is where you have an existing account with referral credits and you want to reduce the price of the wines you're buying.

If you're not an existing customer you'd be better off shopping through a portal, going through a referral link (for $50 off $150), and stacking it with an Amex Offer.

Bottom Line

I consider Wine Access the second best ongoing online wine deal right now, narrowly behind wine.com with all their promo codes and angles.

But don't forget to consider great winery-deals like this one. And this one.


OFFER: Vaughn Duffy Pinot Noir Reload

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

If you went in on this Vaughn Duffy 6-Pack offer back in April you know how good these wines are. And you might also be ready for a reload. I know I am, so I reached out to Matt Duffy to see if he could run the offer again. Thankfully he obliged.

If you didn't go in on the offer last time around, here's another chance. Same amazing wines. Same great pricing.

$199 Vaughn Duffy Pinot Noir 6-Pack
  • 2015 Stori Vineyard
  • 2016 Suacci Vineyard
  • 2017 Suacci Vineyard
  • 2017 Russian River Valley
  • 2018 Russian River Valley
  • 2017 Fay’s Reserve
It's a pretty great deal because their appellation Pinots go for $40/btl and their single vineyard Pinots go for $55-$58/btl. So it's $300+ worth of wine for $199.

$25 for Ground shipping, $15 to West Coast.

They can hold the wines until cooler weather in the fall. Or you can elect to ship now and take on the summer heat risk, they'll ship in foam shippers with ice packs. They ship on Mondays with UPS Ground.
To Order

To order email Matt  directly with shipping address and he will follow up: matt@vaughnduffywines.com

Learn more about their wines on their website. And check out my visit and tasting report from 2012.


Wine Access Improves Industry-Best Referral Program

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Wine Access already had the best refer-a-friend program in online wine, but they've lowered the purchase requirement for the friend being referred from $150 to $100.

Through August 31, 2020 the friend being referred gets $30 off $100. The person doing the referring gets a $50 credit.

Previously, the deal was $50 off $150 for the friend being referred. While $30 off $100 is a lower percentage discount this does lower the bar for a qualifying referral.

Wine Access is a bit unique in their participation in shopping portals (in a bad way) in that only new customers qualify for portal cashback. It can be a bit tricky to stack a referral with shopping through a portal, though it may be possible. Check best rates here:

That said, the real juice comes when stacking this with Amex Offers that are good through 9/30/2020 for one of:
  • $100 off $250
  • $50 off $150
  • $50 off $250

Along with this, they've revamped their website for easier navigation. I tend to find the most compelling deals in their Limited Time Offers, but there are good deals to be had elsewhere on their site. Here are a few deals to consdier:
To sum it up:
  • Use a referral for $30 of $100
  • Try shopping through a portal
  • Stack it with an Amex Offer
  • Do some referrals of your own
If you're looking to spin up a new Wine Access account, thanks in advance for using my referral:


August 2020 Wine.com Promo Codes (and they now have a referral program)

Sunday, August 2, 2020

40% Off:
$20 off $50 with 20JB (source)
$20 off $50 with 07NCS20 (source)

33% Off:
$50 off $150 with P50CIQ (saw it on an AdSense ad)
$50 off $150 with YT50 (source)

30% Off:
$30 off $100 with ZU30 (source)

25% Off:
$25 off $100 with NBCSPORTS (source)

$50 off $200 with HELLOAGAIN50 (source)
$50 off $200 with GET50  (source)

20% Off:
$20 off $100 with FORYOU20 (HT @Garth on Milenomics Slack)
$30 off $150 with BDAY (source)

$30 off $200 with GET30 (source)

And, it looks like Wine.com started (or restarted?) a referral program. It's not nearly as lucrative as WineAccess (which is a $50 credit for each referral) but it's essentially $30 off $100 for both the person being referred as well as the person doing the referring.
It's not the greatest deal in the world since they often have promo codes that are greater than 30% (as seen above). I could see it as a way of defraying some of the cost of StewardShip on a new account you might spin up, in case you're interested in using coupon codes multiple times and/or have a lot of Amex Offers to use.

See: Is Wine.com StewardShip Worth It?

I found the link for referring down towards the bottom of the page if you'd like to do your own referring. Thanks in advance if you use mine:




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