Question of the Week – Where Can I Find This Wine?

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From time to time we get asked this question, “I’m having trouble finding this particular wine. Any ideas of where I can find it?”

Whether the problem is a hard to find wine, a past vintage on a wine, or a wine that is sold out at your favorite store, there is one place that might be able to help – Wine-Searcher.com

WineSearcher is an online search feature that collects prices on wines being offered all over the internet into one simple location. It is THE tool that we in the wine retail industry utilize to see what wines are selling for across the country at other online retailers and how much they are.

WineSearcher comes in a free version and a paid, “professional” version. If you’re not in the wine industry the professional version may not make a whole lot of sense as you can pretty much get every functionality that you need in the free version. Both have a powerful search function that allow you to search by wine maker and wine, by vintage, and even by format. These kinds of searchers are especially good for those hard to find wines, like wines in alternative formats and past vintages of wines. Searches also allow you to link directly to the particular online retailer, and some even take you directly to the web page for the particular wine.

A few words of caution. Not all online retailers have the stock that they claim they have online, so it might be a good idea to check with the retailer to see if they truly have the inventory. Also, be aware that some retailers listed are actually auction houses who are auctioning bottles of wine using WineSearcher. For the most part these auction bottles are marked as such, but sometimes not. Remember that the prices you see are almost always without the cost of shipping, so be sure to factor in that wines purchased will need to travel from where they are to where you are – and that has a cost attached. The farther a bottle needs to travel, the more expensive it will be. And, finally, as always, if a deal looks too good to be true, it very well might be.

One final thought. While Wine Searcher is a powerful tool, nothing beats building a relationship with a retailer. There are often deals that go unseen on WineSearcher and are special offers. If you’ve developed a relationship with a retailer, often you are the very first to find these extraordinary deals.

That’s all for now. If you have any questions regarding particular wines, wineries, or the wine industry, feel free to email me any time and we’ll respond here.

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