Wine is almost synonymous with Italy. Italians are masters at pairing wine with each meal. So, having the ability to make quick and easy purchases of your favorite bottle, or even a unique or a small-batch wine your local store may not have access to, is a must. According to foodandwine.com, these are some of the best online sites to purchase the beloved drink.
Located in Napa Valley, the company boasts about their connections with wineries, brokers and distributors. Last Bottle offers just one wine each day, but that bottle comes with deep discounts (up to 75 percent). The “daily purveyor of wines” offers no-fuss ordering, free shipping and credits for referrals.
Founded by Mario Batali’s former head sommelier at Del Posto in NYC, SommPicks specializes in wine that sommeliers love. Often the wines come from private sellers. Founder Mick Zima aims to pioneer producers, benchmark styles and find hidden gems.
Founder Tom Geniesse has taken a different approach on selling bottles of wine. Tired of bottle after bottle lined on shelves with price tags, his goal is to make wine buying a better experience. On this site, buyers get answers to questions like, “What are you cooking for dinner tonight?” and “What goes with Thai Take-out?” The innovative browsing structure aids buyers in finding the perfect wine.
This site was started by a group of collectors in 1996. Technically an online auction house, visitors do have a “buy it now” option. Offering wines at all price levels, the site is known as one of the most easily navigable in the business.
This is the go-to site for wine geeks around the country. Especially loved for its large selection of esoteric organic and biodynamic wines (mostly from France) and its extensive collection of mature wines sourced from private cellars in Piedmont, Italy, the site offers the ability to mix cases giving buyers multiple flavors in one purchase.