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#1 Post by Mattstolz » April 11th, 2018, 12:21 pm

Starts tomorrow at noon EST. Anyone else find these marathons a little addicting? have always been able to grab a few good deals through it.

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#2 Post by Mark C » April 11th, 2018, 1:43 pm

Must. Stay. Away.
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#3 Post by Jorge Henriquez » April 11th, 2018, 1:48 pm

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#4 Post by Michael Martin » April 11th, 2018, 1:53 pm

I got a few really good wines during some of the early ones a few years ago. They used to sell wines from wineries that are no long in existence. I had some wonderful Oakville Cabs, Santa Barbara Syrahs and such. Lately these little gems are harder to find, if at all. The last few marathons have been mostly a time suck for me.

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#5 Post by Anton D » April 11th, 2018, 1:54 pm

Michael Martin wrote:I got a few really good wines during some of the early ones a few years ago. They used to sell wines from wineries that are no long in existence. I had some wonderful Oakville Cabs, Santa Barbara Syrahs and such. Lately these little gems are harder to find, if at all. The last few marathons have been mostly a time suck for me.
I admit to the same experience.

I find I impulse buy and then get wine that was not memorable enough to have sold at retail.
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#6 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 11th, 2018, 2:08 pm

I’m with Mark.
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#7 Post by T. Melloni » April 11th, 2018, 3:12 pm

I have had some luck with the marathons. I have a few Jemrose syrahs that are Last Bottle purchases. The "shipping included" for a single bottle helps open up the selection. The marathon is a good way to add to the collection of easy summer drinking wines.

I was also lucky to snag a couple of 2013 Di Costanzo cabernets for a good price. (Delicious and elegant wine for anybody who hasn't heard of the winery or winemaker. Think old world/old school Napa cabernet.)
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#8 Post by Mattstolz » April 11th, 2018, 6:32 pm

T. Melloni wrote:I have had some luck with the marathons. I have a few Jemrose syrahs that are Last Bottle purchases. The "shipping included" for a single bottle helps open up the selection. The marathon is a good way to add to the collection of easy summer drinking wines.
this is what I love. Im still in the exploring phase of wine collecting and drinking, and have limited wine funds, so springing for several bottles of the same thing is equivalent to missing out on something else i could be trying too. Eliminating the shipping makes it a lot easier to pull the trigger on single bottle purchases, whereas normally it only makes sense for me to order from LastBottle or similar if I can find friends to split up the number of free shipping bottles with.

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#9 Post by T Halverson » April 11th, 2018, 6:42 pm

I used to find it a good source for inexpensive quaffers/cellar defenders, and occasionally a source for wines that are hard to find locally.
They will graciously hold until appropriate shipping weather. The downside of that for me has been a fill rate that was about 2/3s of the wines ordered and paid for. The last time less than two weeks after a refund was issued for undelivered wine, the same wines showed up on the next Marathon. For me, the aggravation isn't worth it, and I'll stick to their regular offers.
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#10 Post by Mattstolz » April 11th, 2018, 6:55 pm

T Halverson wrote:I used to find it a good source for inexpensive quaffers/cellar defenders, and occasionally a source for wines that are hard to find locally.
They will graciously hold until appropriate shipping weather. The downside of that for me has been a fill rate that was about 2/3s of the wines ordered and paid for. The last time less than two weeks after a refund was issued for undelivered wine, the same wines showed up on the next Marathon. For me, the aggravation isn't worth it, and I'll stick to their regular offers.
interesting. i hadnt heard of that happening. with how fast they fly through them i guess it doesnt surprise me that they oversell some of them. least you get a refund pretty easy, and the quick draw style of the marathon means ya dont get to be too attached to the choices you make first! haha

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#11 Post by DavidFrankil » April 12th, 2018, 6:07 am

I've bought much more from them in the past - more recent marathons seem to be some gems mixed in with wines they have posted for sale over the previous quarter. Great for re-loading on something you like, grabbing something you missed, or snagging a gem if you're fast enough. But I don't think I've purchased more than a handful from the last few marathons, a combination of nothing too interesting to me and difficulty of monitoring the deal flow at work.
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#12 Post by Markus S » April 12th, 2018, 6:27 am

Meh
$ _ € ® e . k @

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#13 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 12th, 2018, 6:56 am

I already downloaded the Auto Refresh extension they recommended. Oh boy...
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#14 Post by Mark C » April 12th, 2018, 1:42 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:I already downloaded the Auto Refresh extension they recommended. Oh boy...
So, you’re not avoiding any more than I am. So much for fortitude!

I bit on some of the Keating Zinfandel Montecillo Vineyard.

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#15 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 12th, 2018, 3:43 pm

I haven’t bit yet. Is this 48 hours nonstop?
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#16 Post by Karl F » April 12th, 2018, 5:45 pm

I picked up 3 bottles of the .375L
A. Verdet Chambolle-Musigny Les Condemennes 2014

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Wine Searcher showed a $30 price for a half bottle.
$16 each.
Anyone ever try this one?
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#17 Post by Mark Chatwin » April 13th, 2018, 4:17 am

Yeh got that Verdet Condemennes as well. Availability seemed scarce. Besides Spectator not much out there on the wine except these notes from Vivino...

"Lovely and approachable. Cherry fruit bomb"

"Earth, red fruit, refreshing acidity. Delicate and generous, very long finish".

Also got the Delamotte Champagne and the Highlands Cabernet. It was tough trying to figure out what to buy with so much offered. Restraint was key I guess...

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#18 Post by Mark C » April 13th, 2018, 6:32 am

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:I haven’t bit yet. Is this 48 hours nonstop?
Seems to be. Got some Cypher the Peasant GSM as well to round out a case.
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#19 Post by J. Trombley » April 29th, 2018, 1:08 pm

Has anyone received notification of shipment for their marathon orders?
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#20 Post by Mark C » April 29th, 2018, 1:11 pm

NO!

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#21 Post by K Krahenbuhl » April 29th, 2018, 1:20 pm

Mine were delivered last week.
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#22 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 » April 29th, 2018, 1:33 pm

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#23 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 29th, 2018, 1:46 pm

Haven't gotten any notification.
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#24 Post by CJ Beazley » April 29th, 2018, 2:20 pm

K Krahenbuhl wrote:Mine were delivered last week.
Me too.
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#25 Post by Nate Simon » April 29th, 2018, 2:44 pm

My account lists it as “order completed,“ but no tracking number available yet.

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#26 Post by Markus S » April 29th, 2018, 4:48 pm

So nothing shipped yet?
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#27 Post by Mattstolz » April 29th, 2018, 4:52 pm

mine says theres a label created but awaiting pickup. the marathon orders always take forever to ship. its just starting to get a little warm here in SC...

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#28 Post by mattcitrang » April 29th, 2018, 6:34 pm

Nothing here yet.

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#29 Post by Nate Simon » April 30th, 2018, 2:24 pm

Don’t feel left out...I’m in Cali, and no news.

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#30 Post by Mattstolz » May 1st, 2018, 3:31 am

got tracking info yesterday. estimated delivery now a week later than originally stated via LastBottle's account page. now set to arrive right in the middle of a smattering of 86 degree days....

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#31 Post by mattcitrang » May 1st, 2018, 3:40 am

is that FEDEX or UPS?

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#32 Post by Mattstolz » May 1st, 2018, 3:48 am

mattcitrang wrote:is that FEDEX or UPS?
FedEx, thank goodness. i like their location hold system much better around here.

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#33 Post by Mark C » May 1st, 2018, 9:22 am

Almost always UPS here, which is not as good as I can’t redirect easily (or at all, really).

Aaaaaand, still no shipping info…
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#34 Post by mattcitrang » May 1st, 2018, 9:29 am

Gracie, from LBW told me Friday that they are shipping FEDEX but still no change of status. Hopefully they are waiting or might be shipping cold chain.

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#35 Post by Nate Simon » May 1st, 2018, 2:38 pm

Received mine today (NorCal).

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#36 Post by T. Williams » May 1st, 2018, 7:06 pm

My only purchase was a few of the 2015 Domaine Albin Jacumin Chateauneuf du Pape in 1.5L. As of today, they created a UPS shipping label. At least there is movement. Yesterday it just said that it was "marathon shipping"

Has anyone had the A Jacumin CdP?

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#37 Post by Mark C » May 2nd, 2018, 10:47 am

Yay, finally my orders are at “Pickup Scheduled”, with a tracking#.

Not so ‘yay’ it’s supposed to be in the 90’s here over the next few days. Looks like FedEx not UPS so I can re-direct…
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#38 Post by Michael Fess » May 2nd, 2018, 10:56 am

Mine still is idle and this would have been a great week to ship to Denver.

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#39 Post by B. Jenny » May 6th, 2018, 11:17 am

Did anyone in the East receive wine yet?
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#40 Post by Bud Carey » May 6th, 2018, 11:33 am

Not here...
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#41 Post by Michael Martin » May 6th, 2018, 11:44 am

Michael Fess wrote:Mine still is idle and this would have been a great week to ship to Denver.
+1

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#42 Post by Russ Williams » May 6th, 2018, 11:54 am

Glad I didn’t bite as shipping wine to VA this late in the shipping season is not cool...pun intended.
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#43 Post by mattcitrang » May 6th, 2018, 1:47 pm

no word Here either.

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#44 Post by DavidFrankil » May 6th, 2018, 3:36 pm

Nothing here either- NJ
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#45 Post by Mattstolz » May 6th, 2018, 4:07 pm

mines due tomorrow. right now its sitting at the FedEx warehouse about 10 miles away... probably cooking.

will probably open one of them tomorrow to see if it survived the trip, its been 85 here all weekend.

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#46 Post by B. Jenny » May 7th, 2018, 6:26 am

Will not buy on the Marathon again. Poor communication on this. Still have no idea on wine.
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#47 Post by Bud Carey » May 7th, 2018, 6:36 am

Amen to that!!!
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#48 Post by Mattstolz » May 7th, 2018, 12:07 pm

got mine today

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#49 Post by David Rudd » May 7th, 2018, 12:36 pm

I just checked my account and it says 'label created' and delivery by COB 5/11.

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#50 Post by DavidFrankil » May 7th, 2018, 2:40 pm

Just checked and same here - "Awaiting pickup” and a not-yet-active FedEx tracking#, with an expected due date of Monday, May 14. Temps are due to be in the upper 70s that day so probably OK - although weather.com shows Sunday at 89 degrees. So hoping they don't sit out on a truck the day before.
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