Being a Buckscooper to me is all about getting a good bargain. This also applies when looking to buy multiple award winning reds and whites at a fraction of the market price. Although most people still end up purchasing their wine at the nearest bottle-o, online wine sales are definitely on an upward trend.
Buying online does not have to be about getting the cheapest bottle you can find. Whether you're an expert with something particular in mind or on a budget with an expensive taste, here are some tips based on my personal experience on where to start looking for a bargain on quality wine.
If you've read any of my previous deal posts on Buckscoop, you've most likely noticed that I regularly tend to make a use of available vouchers. Unlike fashion retailers, online liquor stores don't issue them very often. So my first tip is: if there's an active one, use it. Keep an eye open for codes from retailers such as WineMarket, Dan Murphy's, and Crackawines. You can do that by checking Buckscoop's Voucher's page or by signing up to their newsletters. This way you would also get notified about free shipping and other special promotions, which is an advantage. Stacking codes with special offers at any of the previously mentioned merchants will typically result in competitive prices. Alternatively if you do not have time or just can't be bothered to piece the puzzle together yourself, have a look at what wine deals are listed here at Buckscoop.
Wine which is considered to be good quality by the connoisseurs are generally priced around $20 a bottle. So what you're aiming for is to get these down to about $10. If you manage to get a 90+ Halliday rated wine at half price, you're allowed to tap yourself on the back. WineMarket is one of the online retailers you should regularly check. Based in the Barossa Valley, they can get their hands on cases directly from the winemakers, including cancelled exports at very low prices. I recently posted a deal on the 2012 vintage Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz at $8.83 a bottle, using WineMarket's $50 off voucher. This was in addition to a previous promo on the case providing a significant discount as well as free shipping. A very good example of stacking offers with vouchers, which I have pointed out in the previous paragraph.
But that's not all. Most likely you'll come across promotions on a wide range of reds and whites, or even mixed cases. If you're not familiar with the wine on offer, read the customer reviews and listen to the experts' (a.k.a. Mr. Halliday & co.) opinions. Interesting fact: only 40% of the wine produced in Australia is consumed domestically, of which the per capita consumption adds up to 30 litres annually. Shiraz is without a doubt the most popular grape variety (planted and drunk) on the Australian market, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, while Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc take the podium in the race of whites. These are produced by a number of wineries like Penfolds, Rosemount Estate, Wynns, Taylors, Lindeman's and Peter Lehmann from all regions including Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra, and Margaret River.
One thing is for sure, there is no lack of selection. And hopefully you've gathered sufficient advice now on how to find award winning wines at a bargain price. Ones you would be sipping with a smile on your face, not only because they're that good, but because you've only paid half of what it would likely cost off the shelf at your local store.