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Naked Wines vs House of Glunz

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Get Your Next Bottle of Wine at Wired For Wine Today! The popularity of wine seems to just continue to grow. Wine enthusiasts and occasional drinkers alike are often looking for new and delicious varieties of affordable wines to taste. However, spending hours at a local liquor store is generally not a great use of your time. That's why many people are now turning to online shopping for their wines because of the time savings, selection and price.

Online wine retailers provide the convenience of finding a new and exciting wine when it best meets your schedule. Many wine drinkers can find their favorite wines at a better price online than the local grocery or liquor store. Either way, shopping for wine online has many perks.

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4 stars
Naked Wines

NAKED WINES

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Starting from $40

Naked Wines is a wine club that offers discount wines to its members, whom they call "angels". This monthly fee for a discount is a common feature of many wine clubs we have reviewed, but Naked Wines brings a different angle to the wine membership idea by using the membership fees to directly fund independent wine makers, who then offer their product back to Naked Wines at a deep discount which club members are able to enjoy. The way the "angel" membership works is, members pay $40 a month that goes into the "Naked Piggybank". Naked Wines then uses this pool of money to invest directly in over 100 independent winemakers who supply their product back to the club where members enjoy an advertised 40%-60% off retail.

Naked Wines claims this direct investment approach allows them to offer lower prices than other wine clubs, since they directly fund the wine makers themselves, avoiding marketing, sales and other costs. This unique structure functions like a crowd-sourcing program with members funding the winemakers, so that the membership fee feels more like an investment in independent wine makers with a personal return of excellent wine. This is an attractive idea for both the winemakers and prospective members.

The Naked Wines website is attractive and easy to navigate. The home page is divided into three sections that highlight the main features of Naked Wines, which are getting access to world class wines, receiving a deep discount on wines made by independent wine makers, and supporting wine makers through the companyís group funding concept. Clicking on any of these sections brings to you pages describing the various features of the site, and if visiting the site for the first time a pop up window will appear offering a $50 voucher for use on any online order.

When we went to apply for an angel membership, however, the angel program was currently closed in order to "keep the number of angels manageable". (More than 100k members were registered at the time of this writing) We were offered an additional voucher for $60 if we joined the waiting list which they said was currently around 31 days. Along with the $50 first time voucher this could be used to get a total of $110 in free wine. There is a link to a page to cash in the vouchers using a code, and then the discount is applied against the order total at checkout. The vouchers can only be applied to orders of more than $160. Additionally, the vouchers are not available in all states dependent on state liquor laws. For example in Massachusetts Naked Wines offers a 20% discount instead.

Overall we really love Naked Wines for its wine community feel. Wine lovers can have a lot of fun here, access excellent wines for good discounts, and support local winemakers as well. However the voucher system seems a little spotty and we didnít love the idea of having to wait a month or more to get access to the discounts of being a member.

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House of Glunz

HOUSE OF GLUNZ

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Starting from $10

The House of Glunz has been in the business of selling wine for over 129 years. Needless to say, they know what they are doing when it comes to wine and spirits. Their business is located in Chicago and operates out of a store front in Old Town. Wine connoisseurs enjoy the selection, ambiance of the old building and the knowledgeable staff. In an effort to continue to provide fine wines to their customers, The House of Glunz started selling their wines online. Although, their main business really seems to be in person at their store front.

The House of Glunz website is pretty basic. On their homepage you can select from wine, spirits, custom gifts and wine and whiskey clubs. They also offer a small list of featured products to select from. When looking at wines, you can select from red, white, rose, sparkling, dessert, etc. There are hundreds of wines to choose from.

Once you select a wine thereís additional information and notes about that specific wine Ė like varietal, country, region, size and descriptive information about the taste and flavors. There is also an area where you can review their wines but we never found a bottle that had been reviewed. Leads us to believe that this website has not been around very long and/or they donít do a lot of business online. You can also narrow your search by selecting by country, variety and price. Prices on the website for wine vary from $10 a bottle to $550. Prices seem to fall in line with other online websites.

The House of Glunz also sells spirits on their website. Their selection is pretty extensive and prices vary from $7 to $7,500. $7 will get you some cherry bitters and $7,500 will get you Champagne Cognac from 1934. This bottle of champagne has been sitting in the cellar at The House of Glunz for 80+ years. The information for their spirits is very similar to the wine. You can select by several different categories Ė gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, brandy, vodka, etc. You can also narrow it down by country and price. Once you have selected a product you will see the additional information and notes about that item. Again, there is a section for reviews but we didnít see any reviews for the items we looked at.

The House of Glunz also offers custom gifts and wine and whiskey clubs. If you want to purchase a custom gift you have to either email or call the store. Wine and Whiskey clubs are offered through a sister site and canít be purchased on their main page. The House of Glunz website is really only selling wine and spirits.

The House of Glunz is not able to ship internationally and is restricted from shipping to certain states. All packages must be accepted and signed by someone over 21. Shipping fees will be determined by the availability of the product, shipping date, shipping method and weight. Sounds like it could get pricey! Returns are only excepted when an error has occurred by The House of Glunz. No other returns are accepted. With not much leeway here, could become frustrating if you are unhappy with a product.

The House of Glunz is a place that we would like to visit in Chicago on our next trip to the windy city. Their website is pretty basic and we think lacks personal reviews about the products. They seem to cater to people that enjoy high-end wine and spirits. Most products are expensive and will be costly to ship. Our guess is that most people visit their store, enjoy a bottle of wine and then head to their website to purchase another. We donít see ourselves purchasing anything from their site anytime soon.

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For online wine shoppers, it's good to know which wine companies provide the best shopping experience and affordable, high quality wines. When shopping online for wine, you should be sure to look for the following characteristics:

  • Selection. What types of wines are sold at this website. Is there a wide variety of wines to choose from?
  • Cost. What is the price range of the wines listed? How does that compare to the wines available at other companies?
  • Return policy. If there's a problem with your wine purchase, will the company work to replace the bottle of wine or refund your money?

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