Not sold on this online shopping thing? Think the whole internet thing is just a passing fad? That’s fine, but there are plenty of reasons you should consider buying wine online. Here are just a few:
Even if you have a great, local wine store, they just can’t (and probably shouldn’t) carry EVERY wine. Shop online to expand your options and try something new.
No Knowledge Needed
If you’re just getting into wine, going to a wine store and talking about wine can feel daunting. You may not feel like you know the language. You might not feel like you can articulate what you want to buy or what you enjoy. Chances are, a good wine store will steer you in the right direction, but if you want to avoid all that at first, shop online. Buying wine online allows you to figure out what you like, what flavors you prefer, and how to talk about the wine you want to buy. It allows you to build this knowledge risk-free.
No Snooty Staff
Honestly, not all wine shops are great. Yes, we do (and you should) support your good local wine shops, but what if you don’t have one? What if your local wine shop is staffed by pretentious jerks?
It’s Good For The Winery
When you buy wine online and directly from a winery, the winery makes a lot more money per sale. Their margins are better than when going through a distributor through a store. Middle-men take their cut. Buying directly from a winery bypasses this and puts more money in the pockets of the people who make the wines you love.
It’s Great For Gifts
Want to send somebody a present? A bottle of wine is always a great gift and buying online allows you to easily pick out something the recipient would enjoy, and have it shipped directly to them, along with a card or note. Just remember: shipping is complicated so you may want to ask in advance if the recipient would prefer to have the wine shipped to their workplace instead of their home.
Ready to take the plunge? Here are some tips on how to do it!