Here are some tips for finding wine values:
This is the top rule: Make it a point to head immediately to the wine section of any store you enter that sells wine. Quickly peruse the shelves for possible sightings of wine bargains.
Download some free wine apps to keep an inventory, track prices and ratings. Here are a few I use: Vivino, Snooth, and Delectable. I also use the free App Evernote for keeping track of the wines I purchase and for recording tasting notes. It is good practice.
If you don’t want to use Apps, then snap a quick photo with your phone or tablet; that’s easier than writing the information down. Check prices later when you get home on the Wine-Searcher or similar Websites. No smart phone? Then do it with a note pad.
Make friends with the owner of a small wine shop. They have bargains you might not find anywhere else. A good wine shop proprietor will sample many wines daily and will certainly have a few “finds” in the wine value category.
Sign up for “alerts” if they have them at your wine shop. KL Wines has a huge list of email alerts, even down to a varietal. Even if you do not shop at KL Wines, you can learn wine prices from their inventory by searching their online wine store.
Read our blog and read other blogs that focus on wines under $20. Do a Google search for them. There are plenty out there, but of course we hope you’ll remain a loyal reader of this blog.
If you have a group of wine tasting friends, exchange bargain alerts when one of you finds a bargain.
Look for wine values from outside the U.S. Kevin Zraly, the famous wine instructor of “Windows on the World,” has this to say. Listen to this very short video.
I don’t usually shop the flash wine Websites, but several of my wine tasting friends love them. WTSO, Last Call Wines, and Lot 18. Has anyone tried Naked Wines?
I thought it would be interesting to do a poll of our readers to find out where you think the best wine bargains are located. If you are one of our subscribers and receive this article in an email, you probably will not be able to see this poll. Click on the link to take you to the GoodCheapVino website and the article with the poll. It will take you less than a minute and it will be fun to find out where our readers shop for wine values.