What percentage of wine do you buy direct from the winery?
Hello everyone. I am new to this board, but have already grown to enjoy it.
Over the last serveral years, I have finally been able to get on some mailing lists. Now, as I move off of waiting lists to mailing lists, I am a little sad that probably 40% of my wine budget goes directly to the wineries as opposed to browsing through the stores looking for good deals and hard to find wine (I kind of miss the thrill of the hunt). I am very happy with the lists I am on, so I am not really complaining, just curious to see about what percentage other folks spend buying wine directly from the wineries.
I’ve had the same experience. A blessing/curse of the slow economy, I believe. And I’m having the same angst you are. Probably buying more than before and getting 75% + of it winery direct. So I don’t really feel like I can go troll wine stores like I used to. And I’ve found that (at least for me in a wine shop) there is no such thing as “just browsing”.
When I first started cellaring wine I would say that about 75% was purchased direct from wineries.
Now, probably more like 20%, it’s just too easy to find the wine locally or online and not have to pay hefty shipping. But if I had a choice between direct from the winery and the same wine elsewhere, all things being equal (price, shipping, etc), I would go direct every time.