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Snooth User: jamessulis

Wines not available locally

Posted by jamessulis, Sep 27, 2010.

Seeing some of the wines rated by Snooth certainly excites the palate but mostly to no avail because these wines are not available locally.  Washington State (where I live) will have a proposition on the upcoming ballots that will put beer, wine and hard stuff where it belongs, on the free retail market.  Currently we have government stores for hard liquor.  Beer and wine are at local food stores, supermarkets, chain food stores and some at Walgreens but it's still local wines from Washington, Oregon and California which is not bad but the state is really sectioned off as to what region of each state gets to sell the wine.  For Oregon, we get Willamette Valley, Hood River, for Washington we get Columbia Valley, Yakima and for California, we get Sonoma and Napa Valley. Now thats not bad but there are some other wines from around the country that I would love to purchase. One of my disappointments is no wine from Walla Walla, Wa where reds rule.

I'm hoping that when wine goes on the retail market it becomes more competitive and that the stores will widen their geographical boundaries. I'm sure the local ones will remain but possibly the others that are elsewhere will spend the money by shippng large lots of their wines to states that are now out of their range of profitability

The alternate is to purchase it on line which is a consideration I have but only on occasion due to the US Postage/shipping and handling being kind of spendy.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 27, 2010.

A potentially interesting topic. But not clear about how what regions of WA, etc. production are allocated to what regions for marketing. More detail would be good.

And Walla Walla does fall within the Columbia Valley, though there are subregions, or so I understand, anyway.

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Reply by gregt, Sep 27, 2010.

I think you can get wine from retailers shipped to WA, no?  At least several out here say they ship to WA.  And the shipping isn't that expensive because oddly enough, sometimes wine prices out here are cheaper than they are in CA, OR, or WA, for wines that come from those states.

At any rate, for a case, it's anywhere from $25 - $36.  So if you're buying a wine that's $25 or so, and you're not paying sales tax, the cost is roughly the same whether you ship or not.  So only make case purchases - you don't have to buy 12 of the same wine, and you're in good shape.  It's how I do most of my shopping if I'm buying retail for myself.

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Reply by jamessulis, Sep 28, 2010.

Although Walla Walla does fall within the Columbia Valley, they must ship elsewhere as they are lean on the Portland Or and Vancouver, Wa wine shelves.  Maybe the Walla Wallawers are drinking it all in Walla Walla?

Retailers do ship to Washington and that is one of my upcoming considerations.  However what prevents me from doing that is that I love to shop, pick up the bottle, read the label then go home with my hot purchase. It's the thrill of the hunt that makes it fun.

I understand some of the larger retailers can get a particular wine if you request it.  A friend of mine said they asked a retailer (Fred Meyer Groceries) for a particular wine that they didn't stock.  They ordered it for her, called her on the phone and she came and picked it up..............special? Dunno.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 29, 2010.

Lefty,

I have plenty of access to Walla Walla wines in Seattle at two different wine shops.  One is huge - Esquin.  One is a small neighborhood shop - Corky Cellars.  I have also seen Walla Walla wines at Costco.

Perhaps, the issue with Walla Walla wines is the price point is higher than grocery stores want to stock.  Or maybe it is distribution channels.  Many of the wineries are smaller operations so their wines may not be available through the big distributors that the Grocery stores use.

Good luck with your search.  The Walla Walla wines are definitely worth the effort to track down!

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Reply by napagirl68, Sep 29, 2010.

Ok Lefty and Vellovino,

I am INTERESTED in Walla walla but not tasted yet.  Give me some recommendations, Please?

And what about personal shipping from wineries... many will work with you, and you are not too far from CA .....

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Reply by napagirl68, Sep 29, 2010.

also.. forgot to mention.. try  KLwines.com

They have a great inventory, and even though they are only ~40min away, I still do mail order with them.

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 29, 2010.

NG, here's a short but useful Forum thread:

Walla Walla Wine Trip

Also try Avalon Wine and Oregon Pinot Noir Club. They're very good online merchants covering Oregon and Washington wines.

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Reply by jamessulis, Sep 29, 2010.

Great threads, super response ...............enriches my association with Snooth.!!

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 29, 2010.

NapaGirl,

Here are some Walla Walla wineries that I like:

 

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Reply by napagirl68, Sep 30, 2010.

Thank you Dmcker, vellovino, and Lefty!

I would love to take a trip up to Walla Walla someday, also for the food.. I am a big Farm to Table kinda gal.


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