Amex Offer: 10 Buy Recommendations

Sunday, March 7, 2021

This is a follow-up post to the one I wrote last week about a couple active Amex Offers:
  • $10 off $50
  • $30 off $100
I've got 10 specific recommendations for wines to buy in this post, but first I'd like to ballpark the discounts available to get a sense for the net price after stacking.

Estimating the Discounts

> 50% off. That's what I'm here for.

Obviously, it's important to find wines you actually want to drink at non-inflated prices. That's been challenging with inventory challenges, but that situation seems to be improving of late. At least in Massachusetts.

Here's how I look at it...

Say you buy $150 worth of wine.
You've got StewardShip.
And use a $50 off $150 promo code.
Then use the Amex Offer for 20% off (or 30% depending on what you're targeted for).
Then shop through a portal for 10%.

Your order comes to $100.
You paid for it with gift cards you bought for 80% of face. So that's $80 out of pocket.
Then you get 10% back back from a portal. But that's based on the $100 amount. So that's $10 back.

So you're at $70 for $150 worth of wine. More than half off.
That's pretty great.

When I see a $50 wine on I see it as a costing a little less than $25 after discounts.

What to Buy

I live in Massachusetts so this is where I'll shop today. The assortment isn't as broad here as other states (especially California) but hey - there's no sales tax charged on wine in Massachusetts which is nice.

It's important to land on square numbers to avoid overshoot, so I'll offer up some wines I think are:
  1. Good
  2. In the categories I'm interesting in enjoying
  3. Available at non-inflated prices
Let's get into it. Affiliate links below...

As much as I enjoyed the big reds in Spain the rosés impressed me as well. Specifically this Liquid Geography wine. So good.

I remember having a glass of this at Fleming's back in the day. It's not often I recommend a white wine (it's just not in my wheelhouse) but with warmer weather on the horizon I'd like to revisit this one.

3. Boen California Pinot Noir 2019 $19.99

This has been a reliable new friend at a great price before discounts.

See also: Like Meiomi? Five other Pinot Noirs to try...

We're not out of the woods on cold weather yet, and a nice taste of 10 year Tawny Port at the end of the evening hits the spot. This has been my favorite point to land at, narrowly besting Dow's similarly priced 10 year.

I usually see this for $49.99 at Total Wine. Here's it's less to begin with and that's before discounts. Tremendous QPR potential.

92+ from Wine Spectator for four vintages in a row is impressive, especially in a region with substantial vintage variation.

This is consistently one of my favorite California Pinot Noirs in the market. The price has crept up a bit over the years, but it's on par with the price at Total Wine in MA. There may be better pricing in other parts of the country but this delivers at this price point and more.

Same price as Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose. Similarly gorgeous. It's good to have options.

For some reason the 2018 ($85) is less than the 2017 (at $94.99). If we can stack to a 56% discount that makes this wine just over $39/btl. Any time I can get Cakebread for less than $50/btl I consider it.

There's a little overshoot on a $50 off $150 coupon, but I fondly recall "tasting" the 2010 Caymus Special Selection, repeatedly, at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour in Chicago. It would be nice to check in on this bottling.

Bottom Line

There's definitely nostalgia baked into these recommendations. Living in the time of Covid has made me wistful for past good experiences with wines. Especially travel and in-person events.

Here's hoping we can get back to that soon...


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