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Hello Snooth! Where do you shop?

Posted by Joey Hendrickson, Mar 17, 2013.

Have recently pursued wine for the resveratrol and other nutritional benefits.  I currently peruse the red wines in Giant Eagle... but have been to Vino 100 and coffee shops that do wine tastings.  Where do you buy your wine?  Any ideas for the best deals/place to shop in Columbus, Ohio?


Reply by EMark, Mar 18, 2013.

Joey, I do not live in Ohio.  So, the places you mention do not mean anything to me.  If you are looking for "deals" I would generally recommend the larger national chains--e.g., BevMo, Costco, Total Wines.  (This comment, of course, will cause some of my Snooth colleagues to sigh, "Oh cow.  I can't believe he told Joey to go there.")  I looked at your profile and it seems like you are in early development of your wine appreciation.  And you are a student.  So, I think you need to try different types of wines and you do not need to spend a lot of money doing it.  The places I mention do not necessarily have the most trendy wines, but they do have a good selection of of well-priced examples from around the world.

Once you get a good idea of your preferences, I would suggest that you seek smaller more specialized establishments and develop a relationship with them to bring additional focus to your education and experience.

I hope that somebody in your geography can make a good contribution to your quest.

Please keep us advised of your findings.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Mar 18, 2013.

No harm in going to BevMo (although I think they are only in CA, AZ, NV right now), TotalWines and CostCo, especially as one starts out.  My only worry is that a lot of affordable wine in big retailers is not very exciting, which doesn't need to be the case.  Good wines can be had at $10-15 (and sometimes less) by trying wines that aren't the blockbuster brands and grapes.  Lots of good barbera, dolcetto, younger Riojas, Cotes du Rhones, Garnachas from Navarro, and the like, but big retailers don't stock a lot of those.  There are a lot of representative Cabs from California, and chardonnays, at those places, and it's fine to start out by drinking those and figuring out if they are for you, but they often come with a price. 

Resveratrol is a good reason (good as any) to start, but it will soon be the least of your reasons for hanging out here, and in wine stores, and at other wine sites.

I'd also look for stores that do tastings.  One thing I do know about Ohio is that the market is controlled by the state liquor board, which sets prices and controls what is available, so that limits the market a lot.  But they now allow shipments direct from wineries, so read on here and you can try to take a flyer now and then.  (Although I am a native of Ohio, anything I know about wine laws in Ohio comes from sitting next to a former wine buyer for Kroger stores at a winery dinner last summer, plus a little research.)

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 18, 2013.

Welcome to Snooth Joey,

Sorry I can't really be of much help when it comes to shopping in Ohio. Hopeful you'll get some good guidance on what time buy, if not where to buy it.

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