Those who know me know that I enjoy a good wine. Red, white or bubbly.
As a light drinker it usually takes me several days to a week to empty a single bottle if I drink it on my own as I mostly only have a single glass at the end of the day.
In company I may drink a little more but it has been over 20 years since I put on the wobbly boots. Consequently I enjoy my wines even more and I also enjoy the next day more. Win Win I call it.
However, there is a downside to drinking for pleasure rather than to ingest as much alcohol as possible in the shortest possible time.
As your appreciation of wine quality goes up so does the cost of your pleasure.
Now a bottle or two a week is not a huge expense you really don't want to be buying from the local bottle shop at $40+ per bottle.
Why not I hear you asking yourself.
The reason is that the local bottlo doesn't store the wines properly to maintain their prime characteristics.
Let me tell you a story.
A number of years ago I was at the Jacobs Creek winery in the Barossa Valley with my lovely wife and decided to do a little wine tasting before lunch, as you do.
My wife declined to taste and requested a glass of bubbly instead.
The young lady behind the counter obliged and opened a fresh bottle of bubbles, tasted it and then promptly declared it crap and got another bottle from the refrigerator, opened and tasted that one, declared it fit to drink and served my wife a glass of bubbles.
She then asked what I wanted to taste.
Well, as a student of wines there was really no question.
I wanted to taste the rejected bubbly and the good one with an explanation of why the rejection.
It turned out the the rejected bubbly was no where near as good as the final choice but it would have been totally acceptable if you didn't know what it should taste like.
The reason? It had been exposed to light for too long and the quality had dropped off.
I can't really explain the difference between the two bottles except to say that the good one was full of life and tasted like there was sunshine in it.
So now I don't buy wine from the bottle shop because all of their wines are stored in the light and are only a shadow of what they should be.
I store all my wines under the house in the dark where the temperature is relatively stable and in their boxes.
When I get one out I put a bottle cooler around it to keep as much light from it as possible and to keep the temperature as stable as possible.
I usually buy wine by the carton from the winery either by phone order or visiting.
But that's not the cheapest way to buy quality wine.
This new source just might be the best way to buy quality wines at extraordinarily good prices.
I have taken a delivery of wines from Naked Wines, they have a unique perspective on winemakers and customers that I like.
This is the way my first order arrived. I didn't follow the instructions exactly as it was too cold to drink any of them naked but I have tried a couple of them out and they are good quality wines.
Your mix will be different but mine were these, reds first:-
- Westbound 2017 Cab Sav, Merlot, Petit Verdot & Cab Franc blend (WA).
- Rabbit & Spagetti 2017 Cab Sav, Shiraz & Merlot (Clare Valley SA).
- Cellar Works 2018 Blended Shiraz (Clare SA).
- Hearts & Bones 2018 Syrah (Margaret River WA).
- Jen Pfeiffer 2018 The Rebel Tempranillo (Vic).
- Jen Pfeiffer 2017 The Hero Shiraz (Vic).
Now the whites:-
- Wiley Rooster 2018 Chardonnay (NSW).
- Lay of the Land 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough NZ)
- Blindside 2018 Classic White Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc (Margaret River WA)
- Boy Meets Girl 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon (Vic)
- Boy Meets Girl 2018 Pino Grigio (Vic).
- R. Paulazzo 2018 Chardonnay (NSW)
So, as you can see, a really mixed up bunch of wines.
Now, I'm not sure what will happen for you when you click this link but I got a discounted offer for these wines and they only cost me $59 delivered. Regardless of what happens you will get good wine at a good price.
Check them out, the wines look good and they have an Angel program to make sure the wineries can concentrate on making good wine rather than having to chase the marketing and getting screwed on price by the big retailers.