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Wine Access vs Wine Insiders

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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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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. 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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3.5 stars
Wine Insiders

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Cost:

Starting from $9.99

Wine Insiders is a nice little business started by wine purveyor John Davis as an alternative to expensive, large store wine offerings. Wine Insiders is a new business, but has been running since 1983 under the name "A Taste of California". Wine Insiders has a panel of 5 wine experts who sample over 2000 bottles a year with the goal of being very selective and only providing the best tasting wines to their customers.

The Wine Insiders website is easy enough to navigate, if a little unremarkable. The main page features some special offers such as 1 cent delivery on a purchase of 12 bottles, or other savings that can be gained from joining a wine club through Wine Insiders. There is a link to a contact page that provides a 24 hour toll free customer service number, as well as an address and e-mail for the business. There is an "Insiders Info" section that contains a nice selection of resources such as a frequently asked questions section, recipes, wine trivia, and even how to plan your own wine tasting. Itís a nice little touch to provide some of these extras, in addition to just selecting and selling the wine.

Down the left side of the main page you can select wines by type or price. Due to Wine Insiders beginnings as A Taste of California, the selection is 100% California wines. The problem is, however, the selection is very small. We counted only 36 total bottles available on the website. This selection is far smaller than most of the other online wine retailers we have reviewed. The stated goal of Wine Insiders is to be selective and only offer superior wines, but we would hope they would expand their selection somewhat as they grow their business. The prices range from $9.99-$24.99 so Wine Insiders offers only reasonably affordable selections.

After selecting the wine you are interested in you get a page with the profile for that wine describing in detail the history and characteristics of the wine. The descriptions of the wines are quite detailed, and in some cases there are reviews from consumers to help customers make decisions on which wine may be right for them. Also on this page is the price per bottle, or case, and an option to add the wine to the online shopping cart. Itís a simple process to add the wines to the shopping cart, go to check out, and process the order.

Like most wine retailers, Wine Insiders offers a wine club. When you join the club you get 15 bottles for $89.99, a savings over $140 over retail. This is a good value, competitive with other wine clubs, but with only 18 reds and 18 whites to choose from, if you stay in the club for any length of time you'll likely be receiving the same wines over and over.

Shipping is not too bad at $9.95 for 11 bottles or fewer, and there is an offer for 1 cent shipping if you purchase 12 bottles or more. That is a very good deal and compares favorably to some of the wine websites that offer free shipping when buying in volume.

Wine Insiders is a decent option for anyone looking for a nice, well-reviewed California wine, selected by knowledgeable wine experts. However we could only give it a middle of the road rating due to the very limited selection of wines.

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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?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Wine Stores available today. We hope these reviews help you find your next bottle of wine right away!

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