When you start to look at buying wine online, you may find the huge array of choice available rather daunting. Especially if you are a first time buyer. Over the last few years, the online wine market has pretty much exploded. New retailers and wine experiences have popped up all over the internet. But while you may feel a little overwhelmed by the choice, buying your wine online offers a huge array of options. And at the same time, saving you quite a bit of money too.
Improved online service and fast delivery
Drinks companies now view the online market as a huge part of their sales. And this has seen online wine retailers offer buyers a much-improved service. From secure payments, a wide range of products, to fast delivery. You can order wine online from pretty much anywhere, on any device, saving you time and money. Furthermore, you may even find some fantastic bargains and new discoveries that will never find their way into the shops. But like with buying anything online, you need to take caution. Always ensure you use a reputable website and read the terms and conditions before you part with any money.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your buying wine online.
Sign-up to the newsletter
While you may generally avoid signing up to newsletters to avoid your email inbox from filling up with subscriptions and spam, it’s well worth it in this case. In fact, while you are looking at online wine websites, you should sign up for every newsletter you come across. While they tend to provide all sorts of interesting wine-related information, they can also offer great deals and discounts on your wine purchases.
Check the size and vintage before you buy
Be sure to check that you order the right sized bottles that you want. It’s not always easy to tell on some websites. You don’t want to think you are ordering magnums or half-bottles only to find you get something completely different. At the same time, check vintages carefully too. Today you’ll find that most wines should be consumed while young. Therefore, you should make sure that you get the newest vintage available. If the website provides a facility for you to leave a comment with your order, then tell them that you don’t want vintage substitutions if this is important to you.
And on the subject of substitutions, be sure to read the fine print. Some sites say they may substitute with a wine of the same price. It’s best to check on the website and if you don’t want substitutions, then make sure you say so.
Find out what the minimum purchase is to qualify for delivery, before you start filling up your online basket. You don’t want to get to the checkout and find that you don’t have enough in it for delivery. Although it does offer the perfect excuse to order more.
Delivery and returns policy (if there’s one)
Most online wine retailers offer customers speedy delivery. After all, warm or even cold weather can be detrimental for wine. Make sure you understand before you part with any payment, as to when you can expect your wine to arrive. It’s also worth checking the policy on any breakages during delivery. And does the company have a return policy? What if you don’t like the wine or you open it only to discover it’s spoiled? It’s worth checking on the website before you place your order.
A world of wine at the touch of a button
Don’t be nervous about buying wine online. Most wine websites carry a huge amount of information about their wines and even tips and advice on things like food and wine pairings. The websites are generally run by wine experts who know everything there is to know about wine, so you will be in good hands.