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Snooth User: Brad Borneaux

How to find a specific wine in the USA?

Posted by Brad Borneaux, Apr 11, 2010.

I would like to know how I am able (online) to search for wine retailers that carry a specific wine.

In Canada, the liquor control boards tend to have a website where we are able to search by the name of the wine &/or winery to find out which merchants carry the wine in our province (every province is different).  Here is the search for the province of Alberta for example:

I would like to find such a search for Minnesota (Minneapolis specifically) to locate retailers that carry a specific wine.  Thanks!


Reply by Peppino, Apr 11, 2010.

I use this website:

Reply by dmcker, Apr 11, 2010.

You can also do it through Snooth, but currently the Cellar Tracker offshoot, Wine Searcher, gets better results.

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 11, 2010.

Hmm... is Wine Searcher comprehensive?  I used it before posting this, cause it seems like most of the retailers that come up are only major retailers w/ online fronts as well?

Reply by StevenBabb, Apr 12, 2010.

another one to throw out there is not ALWAYS usefull, but it can be at times... it's kind of like an ebay for wine, but also has some good info on finding different wine....

Reply by MarkAse, Apr 12, 2010.

B- Wine Searcher is open to any size business.  We're a complete and total start up and have our inventory listed there.  It isn't the easiest format that they need, but it's pretty easy to simply send them an excel file with your inventory each and every month.

You can also try the wineries website itself to see who their distributor is.  After that a short email to the distributor should give you a list of all their customers in the area.

Let me know if you need more help!

Reply by ChipDWood, Apr 12, 2010.

Keep in mind that with; the catch is that unless you are a paid subscriber, you only get the results from the retailers that PAY to use the Wine-Searcher service.  If a retailer does not pay for the service, and YOU as a consumer do not have a membership- those non-paying retailers will remain a mystery, and are not listed.

Something to think about.  I use Snooth first, then if I can't find something (or say, something of a particular vintage) I will use - an off-shoot of Vinfolio (and VERY handy at finding older vintages, as well as their relative value on the market.

I mean, here's a good example of how expansive their data is, and how helpful it can be :)...

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 12, 2010.

Hmmm... quite the process to locate a bottle.  Our local liquor control boards have all the merchant data indexed.  I want a bottle of Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon, I simply type it in... all relevant merchant data comes up who carry the imported wine.

Quebec has a nice iPhone app for locating wine in the province.  In french, but follow along after pressing play and you can see how easy it is:

I was looking for simple text-box search, which will include all retailers (not just ones who willingly must participate)... I'm surprised it doesn't exist.


Reply by dmcker, Apr 12, 2010.

Socialist regulated vs. capitalist free marketplaces? ;-)

Reply by Brad Borneaux, Apr 12, 2010.

Hah, fair enough!  With bad comes the good, or with good comes the bad? ;)

I was looking to get one of my co-workers flying in from MN to boot a couple bottles up to Canadistan here for me which I otherwise cannot buy here.  I'll go the route of contacting the winery for MN distributors, and ask the distributors for merchants instead.

Reply by StevenBabb, Apr 12, 2010.

the best solution.... DUEL CITIZENSHIP.... live here in california so you can enjoy wine from around the world (i even came across a cab from china yesterday) then when you have to see a dr. just head back up north.... just a thought...

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