I bet these same tastings take place in your hometown all over the world. In my case, Berkshire County, Massachusetts is home to these, nearly outrageous wine tastings. What generally happens is you end up purchasing several of the wines that you sampled because you know what you are getting. Plus the wine is sold at a deep discount only at the tasting. Delivery of the wine often comes the same day or sometime later the following week or two.
The three retailers that stand out of the crowd are Nejaime’s, located in both Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Dalton’s, Kelly’s Package Store and Spirited at the Lenox/Pittsfield border.
The wine business in Berkshire County relies on second home owners. The county's population is under 100,000 year round residents Due to their existence, the wine scene in Berkshire County is hopping. Add the wine driven locals to the scenario and the scene is popping.
The coalition of the second home owners and locals equates to better wines available for all consumers. The coalitions influence helps make retailers bring their best wines under $400 a bottle to tastings.
We are the ones that benefit.
One of the main benefits the consumer gets at tastings are ‘Sale Prices’ that are good for the duration of the tasting. Tastings generally run form 12-4pm on Saturdays. To learn more, first-hand, about wine tastings, sign-up online with your favorite wine merchant to receive their weekly wine newsletter, which features weekly sales, tastings, news and wine dinners.
(Note: regular price is in parenthesis) Sale price is applicable only on date of the tasting.
Chateau ducasse Bordeaux Blanc 2013 $13.99 ($17)
Chateaux Clos Floridene Graves Blanc 2010 $24.99 ($40)
Chateau Croix du Trale Hunt-Medoc 2010 $14.99 ($18)
Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Blanc 2013 $14.99 ($20)
Chateau Du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur Caduce 2010 $13.99 ($20)
Chateau Beausejour Pentimento St. Emilion 2010 $23.99 ($30)
Chateau Messile Aubert M-St. Emilion 2009 $29.99 ($40)
Chateau Villars Fronsac 2009 $23.99 ($30)
Chateau Les Grand Chenes Medoc 2005 $34.99 ($50)
Chateau Siran Margaux 2009 $45 ($60)
Chateau Leoville Las Cases St. Julien 2004 $149 ($200)
Chateau Cos D’Estournel St. Estephe 2005 $249 ($400)
Chateau Chartreuse du Couplet Sauternes 2011 (375ml) $19.99 ($25)
Chateau Suduirant Sauternes 2009 (375ml) $49.99 ($70)
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2005 $59.99 ($80)
As you can see, this free sampling would be a highlight to any palate, sommeliers included. Plus, you have the opportunity to purchase highly rated wines at a true discount.
Philip S. Kampe