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Wine Access vs Naked Wines

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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

WINE ACCESS

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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. Weíd 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 arenít 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 arenít satisfied, they will refund your money. Shipping laws very from state to state and they donít 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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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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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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