I buy almost all of my wine from my favorite local wine shop. Getting to know the clerks at a good local store is one of the most important steps for people looking to learn more about wine.
That said, there can be advantages to buying wine online, chiefly greater selection and competitive pricing.
Here what I view as three of the best online wineshops
- Winelibrary.com– Great selection of popular and hard-to-find wines. Frequent free shipping offers and helpful customer service.
- Lastbottlewines.com– Maybe the best of the “flash” sites, with a heavy emphasis on California. Free shipping with a minimum number of bottles. Get $5 in free lastbottle credits.
- Winebid.com– The easiest and most casual of the auction sites. Plenty of bottles starting at $10. Easy to navigate.
That’s obviously only scratching the surface of a booming sector, but these three have all sent me a lot of good wine with zero hassle.