A glass of rare Bordeaux wine cost an Atlanta wine collector nearly £10,000 (US $17,000) a glass way back in 2006, clearly demonstrating some can’t resist good wine and are willing to pay any amount to get their hands on a bottle or two. Affording good quality wine is not always a deterrent for those looking for bargain offers.
With the London Wine Fair slated to open in June 2014, you’re likely to find a host of connoisseurs wanting to learn about the latest wine releases. Popular brands take a backseat, as people look for bargains that fit their lifestyles and pacify their need to taste good wine without feeling the pinch. Winfieldwines.co.uk tasting in London is a complete experience for most people looking to become a connoisseur. They come across new wines all the time at wine-tasting events. Innovative brewers offer vouchers to taste the entire myriad of wines ensuring people find the perfect wine they can call their very own.
It’s easy to understand why supermarkets held the key to wine bargains thus far. People relish buying a reasonably good wine at 60% of original price, which does not necessarily mean a wine is genuine. It could be at best a bottle in attractive packaging covering up the actual cost. A bottle of good quality wine selling daily at nearly 30% of the retail price doesn’t seem right. If you happen to be among regulars looking for bargains, you’ll probably spot spurious wine from a distance.
Genuine bargains do find popular markets even at 10 to 20% discount, but they thrive on volume sales in festivals held at different times of the year. If you’re not too particular about trying out new wines, the likelihood of coming across a genuinely good wine is quite high. They do come without a popular brand label forcing retailers to sell it at discounted prices.
Bargain hunters genuinely hit the sweet spot by targeting wines priced around £9 (US $15) and are willing to try new brands hitting the market at a £15 (US $25) upper price limit. Interestingly, brewers understand the bargain market very well, and build strong reputations by offering prices dictated by the bargain market. They are looking for connoisseurs trying out new brands to build up a loyal clientele. If you consider 60% tax paid on every bottle, a glass of wine costing less than a pound is likely to find several people willing to take the bargain route.
You’ll find your own sweet spot at a wine festival. Try out new brands from reliable brewers as a starting point. With so many new bargain wines hitting the market, you’re bound to come across new varieties of berry-scented red wines or dessert wine offered by one of the biggest wine producers based in South America. It pays to keep your options open.
Consistently look for breakaways with some big brands specializing in fewer brands and opening spots for older varieties to be sold under new labels. Be ready for massive discounts at wine-tasting events, especially when a wine is repackaged for release.
Read through an ingredient list on the label to spot a premium wine you’ve tasted earlier but is now available at a bargain price that excites you. Develop a taste for a specific brand. Your quest to find bargain offers matching your lifestyle brand is complete by looking for them in markets that look for wine lovers. People take years to find their favourite blend, but at the right price, it’s worth the time and effort.
Gilbert Winfield is a wine tasting connoisseur from London and the owner of Winfield Wine Tastings. He has appeared on many TV shows including Eggheads and James Mays Man Lab delivering in his expert wine tasting knowledge to people.