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Wine Access 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
Wine Access

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Cost:

Starting from $15

Wine Access has been selling wine for around 18 years. They believe that small wineries, often owned by one family for multiple generations, offer outstanding wines for a great value.

Wine Access employ a judging panel to scour Europe and California in search of amazing wineries. Their judging panel consists of a master sommelier and master wine students. They taste over 20,000 wines every year, looking for wines that exceed expectations as defined by their price. Of the 20,000 they taste, only 3% of those wines make it to their website for sale. Wines range in price from $15-$300. The majority are in the $40-$50 range. We’d like to see the average a little lower - it seems pricey, especially for people just wanting to try great wines from small wineries.

The Wine Access website is easy to navigate. On their homepage you can search by todays finds, their store or you can shop by their experts. On todays finds they offer a limited run of wines that are revealed daily. These wines are only available for limited time which is displayed on the website. Wines are priced by bottle, the more you buy, the cheaper per bottle. If you select to search their store, you can shop by red, white, rose, sake and wine sets. However, quantity is lacking for products, since there are less than 60 products available.

Once you select a product the information about the wine and the winery itself is abundant. The pictures are beautiful, the tasting notes are informative, the flavor profile and wine facts should leave buyers feeling confident in their purchase. If you are familiar with a certain judge on the panel, you can select wines suggested by that judge. We do think it would be nice if they created a section for customer reviews. There is also a link to very informative blog that offers information about Wine Access news, wine lifestyle, travel and wine education. If you aren’t a wine expert, this is a great resource to educate yourself.

On the homepage of the website there is a small fork and knife picture off to the side. When you click on the picture it takes you to a new screen where you can select meal pairings. Every dish taste better when complemented with the right wine. They offer the best pairings for red meat, fish, cheese, shellfish, dessert, etc. We think this is a really nice feature but could be better advertised on their website.

Wine Access offers a monthly wine club of reds and whites that include 4 or 6 bottles for $130 or $190. Wines are selected monthly by their judging panel. As part of the wine club you also get 10% off all purchases from Wine Access.

Wine Access offers free shipping if you purchase 6 bottles or spend $150. Wines are shipped directly from the wineries to your front door in climate-controlled boxes. They also guarantee their products - if you aren’t satisfied, they will refund your money. Shipping laws very from state to state and they don’t ship internationally. An adult will have to sign for any wine delivery. Customer service is available via email, and a phone number is listed for calls Monday-Friday. They also have a nice social media presence with Facebook and Twitter.

Wine Access has received great reviews from customers. People like the information provided about each wine, the small winery unique selections, customer service representatives are very helpful and knowledgeable and wines are a good value. If you're familiar with the wine industry and understand the lingo, this could be a great place to discover delicious wines from small wineries around the globe!

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2.5 stars
House of Glunz

HOUSE OF GLUNZ Visit Site

Cost:

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 there’s additional information and notes about that specific wine – 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 don’t 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 – 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 didn’t 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 can’t 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 don’t 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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