Wine Tips During Tough Economic Times

In news that surprised analysts, beer sales were down in many countries around the world in the fourth quater of 2008.  Dr.Vino weighed in on the wine side of the matter with a poll that showed most of his readers are buying less expensive wines at the same or higher volume.  Data on wine auctions has also been released that shows a sharp decline from the 2007 highs.  So what’s a wine lover to do?  Here are a few tips that I have already put into practice that will hopefully help you.

Tap Your Cellar

If you have been collecting wine, now is a great time to start enjoying all those bottles you’ve saved, especially since some of them will soon be going south.  Most wines made these days are made to be enjoyed within the first 5 – 10 years, so tap into your collection and enjoy.

Share Mailing List Shipments

Know someone who enjoys the same wines that you do?  Are you on mailing lists that you don’t want to lose?  Ask your friends if they would like to go in on the shipments.  Deferring the cost even a little might make that credit card statement easier to swallow.

Drop Mailing List Shipments

Are you caught in a spiral of buying wines that you don’t drink just because someone rated them high?  Are there other wines you enjoy at the same price point that you can buy on an as needed basis?  Now is a great time to trim the wine club fat and keep the subscriptions you truly love.

Explore Your Local Wine Retailer

You’ll be helping the little guy.  Exploring different regions, price points, varietals, and styles of wine will help you broaden your palate and is a great education.  Even if you do buy a couple of mediocre or bad wines, just remember, experience is what we get when we didn’t get what we wanted.

Avoid Ordering Alcohol Out

This is pretty much a no-brainer.  The markup on alcohol is huge.  It’s better to cut back on your overall bill than altogether not supporting your favorite restaurants.  Not drinking alcohol out will also keep you from possibly being a liability on the road.

Share The Cost With Friends

Many hands make the load light.  If you’re having a dinner party, ask your friends to chip in. They can bring a bottle to share, or help with the cost if you’re providing all the drinks.

Drink Less

Maybe not less times a week, but less on each occasion. If you enjoy a glass with your husband or wife with your meal, put the bottle back in the fridge and save the rest for tomorrow nights meal.  Since we really appreciate the first and last sips the most, you’re doubling your enjoyment of that wine!

Hopefully a couple of these tips will help you ride the economic storm. And since you might be consolidating your wine collection, I thought a giveaway would be in order!

THE CONTEST – ***CLOSED***

I’m giving away the Wine Tube wine rack. To enter the contest just leave the name of one of your favorite budget wines in the comments section below. Or, if you have a wine tip of your own, or just want to say hi, leave a comment below and you will be automatically entered.

THE RULES

One entry per person please. Open to U.S. residents only. No entries after Sunday at 8:00 PM PST will be accepted. The winner will be announced early Monday morning, a randomly chosen post from the comments section of this post!

I hope you win!

UPDATE

The winner is announced here.

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