Wine Talk

Snooth User: jamessulis

Shopping for wine in a supermarket

Posted by jamessulis, Jul 18, 2011.

Some supermarkets here in the Pacific Northwest are the best places to look for and purchase wines. When I go to the store I spend time in the wine area looking, reading and using Snooth as a cell phone app to decide what to purchase. Sometimes there are few descriptors on the winemakers bottles leaving me in a quandry. I call up Snooth on my Android and do my reviewing there so I can assure myself that my palate and Snooth's descriptions from other loyal Snooth members coincides with my tastes. By using this technique I am able to purchase more of what I like and what tastes I'm into. It also assures me that my purchase dollars are not wasted on something that is out of my taste bud likability range.

Thank you Android, Thank you Snooth and Snooth Members for all of your contributions making my wine shopping a great rewarding experience.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest


Reply by JonDerry, Jul 18, 2011.

It's definitely nice to be able to pull out your phone to check if that impulse buy is a good gamble, or not. 

I'm pretty much done with buying bottles I have absolutely no info on, but will take a chance without consulting my phone if I know the regions or prodcers well enough. Also, depending on what kind of reception I get in the wine shop...

Reply by Huaino, Jul 20, 2011.

Good topic.There are great deals to be found at Piggly Wiggly for the weekday pour, no doubt.

I prefer the wider selection at small biz wine shops w/ competitive pricing that offer a more knowledgeable perspective on a vino than a "Clean up, broken bottle, aisle 6" environment. Dtown SD. CA. has its share of these sharp storefronts. 

In contrast and across the border, in TJ, Mex., I'm able to find at large supemarkets, an excellent choice of very reasonably priced ($6-15 USD) regionals from Northern Baja CA., Chileans, Argentinians and even tasty Tannat from Uruguay,  the up n coming one from So. America, I trust. 

I rarely buy wine online. 


Reply by jamessulis, Jul 20, 2011.

Huaino,  We learn something new every day and thank you for introducing me to tannat. I was not aware that this grape existed and will look for it in my Pacific Northwest area. My favorite part of the cabs, syrah's, merlots, malbecs are the tannins that some of them boast. Heavy tannins, oak, vanilla and smoke are the nice flavors my palate desires. I will further study tannat and eventually purchase if they are available. Thank you very much.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by spikedc, Jul 21, 2011.

I have bought at supermarkets but like jamessulis only armed with an extensive list of recommendations from fellow Snoothers, my preference though are the smaller shops/merchants.

The local wine merchants offer me a better buying experience with more knowledgeable staff and more often than not they have a selection of wines to taste. They will also email me with information on stock and specials. Most of them will also price match.

Although, at one particular supermarket at the moment they are offering a  25% discount for 6 or more bottles plus i also get an addiontional 15% off the price again due to a family member discount. Now that's a serious discount !.


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