This is your atypical Wine Blogging Wednesday post, as I’m not rating a wine as much as I’m talking about a place from which I purchase wine regularly.
It’s an interesting challenge that Dr. Vino has put forth, and one in which I was a bit hestitant to participate.
Here’s the problem: I don’t have a favorite place to buy wine. In the course of research, I often find myself looking for wines from specific regions of a country. Oftentimes these regions don’t have a massive wine exporting industry, and thus it becomes near impossible to find the wines I’m looking for in an area of the world that has a fairly decent wine industry of their own. Head to the vinyards of California and ask for a bottle of wine from Liguria, and you’ll understand the difficulty I face.
Then a regular reader of this site turned me to wine-searcher.com. Wine Searcher allows me to search for very specific bottles of wine, and see who in the world carries the wine I am looking for. I then click on the discovered links where I can place an order to be sent to my mailing address.
For example, if I was looking for a wine from the Pfalz area of Germany, Wine searcher would come up with these options. Instead of having to search through the various wine vendors in Seattle who may or may not be able to find what I am looking for, I can typically order a wine I want in less than 10 minutes and have it at my home within a week.
That Ligurian Wine I was mentioning earlier? I had stopped at seven different wine stores here in Seattle to see if anyone could special order a bottle. None of them had access to distributors that covered that area of the world. Wine Searcher had no such problem. Today, I am drinking a bottle of 2003 Bisson Marea Cinque Terre.
Have I mentioned how much I love the internet?