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#1 Post by Michael Levin »

Hi, All. New to the site. Looks like fun. :)

Sorry if this is repetitive of an earlier thread (although I couldn't find it by name), but do you all have opinions about Benchmark for secondary market wines. I'm in the market for a few and they seem pretty reputable. Otherwise, what do you all recommend for secondary market wines?

Thanks.

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#2 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng »

benchmark is the best seller in the United States for secondary wines IMO.

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#3 Post by J. Rock »

The are probably my favorite retailer (especially for older bottles). Buy with confidence in both their product and customer service. I can't recommend them enough.
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Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 13th, 2021, 11:24 am benchmark is the best seller in the United States for secondary wines IMO.
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#6 Post by Andrew K. »

I sold some wine to them last year and they were pretty easy to deal with, although they were very picky on the label conditions, etc. Dinged me for some very minor scuffs. But they also discount those bottles heavily on their site, so those are some of the best deals you can find.
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Never had problems buying from them. Easy to deal with.
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I've bought from them far too many times.
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They have bankrupted me.
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#10 Post by alan weinberg »

ykwon wrote: January 13th, 2021, 12:09 pm Never had problems buying from them. Easy to deal with.
same problem I’ve had!

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#11 Post by Michael Levin »

Thanks, all. Guess I came to the right place (or wrong, depending on how you look at it). Thought they looked good, prices not unreasonable and have been in business for a while. Glad to hear your experience supports what they are claiming.

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#12 Post by Mike Stoneking »

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 13th, 2021, 11:24 am benchmark is the best seller in the United States for secondary wines IMO.
No doubt. 100% recommend them.
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#13 Post by jordan jacobs »

MikeL238 wrote: January 13th, 2021, 12:23 pm They have bankrupted me.
This. I probably make a purchase weekly and hold/consolidate until a case is reached then ship.

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#14 Post by jordan jacobs »

alan weinberg wrote: January 13th, 2021, 12:36 pm
ykwon wrote: January 13th, 2021, 12:09 pm Never had problems buying from them. Easy to deal with.
same problem I’ve had!
I see what you did there. Lol.

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jordan jacobs wrote: January 13th, 2021, 1:33 pm
MikeL238 wrote: January 13th, 2021, 12:23 pm They have bankrupted me.
This. I probably make a purchase weekly and hold/consolidate until a case is reached then ship.
Yup, exactly what I do-I mean the discounts that they have on imperfect bottles are hard to beat!
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#16 Post by Mike Van1 »

I use Benchmark all the time to buy older vintages of Sauternes and Vintage Port. They do have some great pricing most of the time. Working on building a case with them right now.
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#17 Post by Brent C l a y t o n »

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#18 Post by SeanHarding »

One of my only regrets about buying a house in Tennessee is that Benchmark won't ship to me here.

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#19 Post by Jon H »

SeanHarding wrote: January 13th, 2021, 3:25 pm One of my only regrets about buying a house in Tennessee is that Benchmark won't ship to me here.
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#20 Post by Mattstolz »

big fan of Benchmark. have bought and shipped throughout the last two years. I will add that one or two times I have consolidated shipping only to find out for some reason that something I had bought was not actually in stock at all when I went to ship it several months later. I think this has happened twice out of about 30 orders? not sure why.

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#21 Post by Anthony Sanford »

Love them as well...never had any issues.

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#22 Post by G. Curd »

Michael Levin wrote: January 13th, 2021, 11:15 am Hi, All. New to the site. Looks like fun. :)

Sorry if this is repetitive of an earlier thread (although I couldn't find it by name), but do you all have opinions about Benchmark for secondary market wines. I'm in the market for a few and they seem pretty reputable. Otherwise, what do you all recommend for secondary market wines?

Thanks.

Mike
Simply the best in my opinion. Every bottle I have purchased from them has been in great shape and they have great stuff and decent prices. Really great retailer.
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#23 Post by Mark Golodetz »

Good experience
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#24 Post by Jim Clary »

You can’t go wrong. Top notch group.
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#25 Post by A Rubin Stein »

Top shop. They are serious about provenance.
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#26 Post by DaveStandridge »

Glad to hear all these positive reviews, just placed my first order with them today.

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#27 Post by Fred C »

Matt A wrote: January 13th, 2021, 11:45 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 13th, 2021, 11:24 am benchmark is the best seller in the United States for secondary wines IMO.
+1
+2. Older wines can be hit or miss even from the best retailers. Benchmark seems to take an additional step to vet their sources. And their prices are usually WS low.
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#28 Post by Marshall Manning »

I've bought a lot more from Brentwood than Benchmark (same ownership) over the years, but have had great success with auction bottles.
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#29 Post by Michael Levin »

Thanks again all. Don't think I've seen such unanimous support for anything since motherhood, apple pie and sliced bread.

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#30 Post by Bill G »

Cant go wrong. I have purchased a good deal of wine from them. Not one bad bottle yet.
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#31 Post by R@f@el A. »

Agree with the consensus here. I have ordered several bottles from Benchmark, including some DRC and some older Napa wines, and they have all been in pristine condition, and the service can't be beat.

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#32 Post by Mark E. »

I agree with what everyone here has said, Benchmark is fantastic and their customer service is top-notch. After pouncing on a wine in an email offer that clearly was a price mistake, I followed up to see if there was some sort of provenance reason for the price, and they still honored the email price. I didn't expect them to and would not have been upset at all if they didn't honor the price because it was an obvious mistake. They didn't need to do so, but they did, and they locked in my loyalty with that.
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