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Snooth User: swordman

Wine as gift favor???

Posted by swordman, Nov 20, 2009.

I'm getting married next April in NYC. I was thinking of giving a bottle of Red and White as gift favors for all. I know everyone dose not share our indulgence, but I think its better then some Bell with our names and the date. Is this a good idea?

Can anyone recommend a good "cheap" 3-6 dollars a btl? I would buy by the case.

I don't think I would make custom labels to but on them, but my girl may have other plans for that .

Any thoughts or recommendations?



Reply by rar8888, Nov 20, 2009.

What varietals do you like? $3-$6 doesn't leave a lot of options but if you talk with your local wine store management you may be able to get a decent volume discount.

Reply by dmcker, Nov 20, 2009.

You can find a number of custom bottling options in the $10-30 (or more) range, but at 1/10 that your options will definitely be limited. Just Google 'custom wine bottlings', or the like, and you'll see several winery and packager offerings. At your price point your fiancee might be interested in this:
Looks like a bit of hands-on work, but it is a cheaper solution.

How many bottles will you be needing? Obviously the more you want to purchase, the greater your leverage in negotiating with your retail outlet, and the more selection options you'll have...

Reply by swordman, Nov 20, 2009.

Thanks Rar, I'm thinking in the area of 25 Cases so I can’t afford to go much higher in price.
I know there are a few vineyards on the north fork of Long Island NY, maybe that’s an option?

Any Local NY area advice for purchasing volume ???

Reply by zufrieden, Nov 22, 2009.

Relocate to Italy. Rome in particular. There you can purchase very pleasant red and white country wines (sans sulphites) in bulk for about 2 euros ($3.00 US). These are for immediate consumption of course.

But seriously, in the United States and Canada, obtaining $5 wines with even basic appeal is a near scientific impossibility. Pony up another $4 or so and search through the offerings of Argentine wine. There are decent wines made from Torrontes (white) and Malbec (red) which can have reasonable flair and appeal for a mass giving campaign.

Reply by deconut, Nov 22, 2009.

2 buck chuck from Trader Joes was just a favor at a wedding we attended. They even made labels with their pics on it - pretty cool and a cheap/good favor.

Reply by Drunk as a Skunk, Nov 22, 2009.

Maybe you should try a bottle of Columbia Crest. I have never done so, but ppl in this forum seem to like it. Seen it today it sells for about $6.50 at Walmart.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Nov 22, 2009.

Make sure you check with the establishment to make sure you can bring your own wine in, even if it's a favor. Lots of places have zero tolerance for outside alcohol.


Reply by Charles Emilio, Nov 22, 2009.

I would obtain a list of importers in your area.

See if they have anything at the lower end that they are struggling to move on.
You should find something quite palatable from Australia, Chile, Argentina & South Africa for around $5 per bottle

Only problem would be your labels.....

Reply by kylewolf, Nov 23, 2009.

At Aldi, there is Winking Owl, which from that last bottle I had, was surprisingly palatable. it is approx. 3 a bottle.

Reply by deconut, Nov 23, 2009.

FYI - I just read some interesting reviews about Barefoot Cellars - never tried any myself but most people raved about it. Looks like prices range from 4-6 - the reviews were on the Total wine website

Reply by lebistrot, Nov 23, 2009.

for 25 cases you will find a restaurant price, ie wholesale, but i am wondering what the limit is on a private person buying and transporting wines. i would go to a resto owner that you know and ask for help. maybe they can profit by adding on some cases for themselves.
also, any huge chain with tons of wine, etc should be able to give you a decent price.
nice favor!

Reply by qipengart, Nov 24, 2009.

Hmm... Penfolds Rawson's Retreat is awesome for weddings!

Reply by zufrieden, Nov 26, 2009.

For bottom feeding, you can always ferment your own grapes. Although risky, I actually have tasted some which do not necessarily end up in the nearest plant pot.

Reply by WineForNewbies2, Nov 27, 2009.

You might also consider getting half-bottles. We have friends who got married a few years ago. He makes wine and they did half bottles of their stuff as favors. It was well received.

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