Salumi Chicago on woot plus this week. Now that I’ve tried the stuff as it’s meant to be, wow it’s great! Fantastic owner, too, who immediately got back to me about my first order from woot that had a packaging problem that spoiled the meat. Quick and gracious replacement. Highly recommended, both from a deliciousness standpoint and because the owner is a great guy.
@klezman I’m sure it’s good (if you don’t get spoiled product like some 30% of the reviews on Amazon seem to), but I continue to prefer Molinari from San Francisco. Consistently high quality as long as I can remember back to the early 1950s and - per my father and grandfather - back to their beginnings in business in 1905. Pity that only the salumetti have natural casing anymore… there was a time in my memory that all decent salami had a natural casing.
@rpm Yeah, that’s what I had happen with my first order. I emailed them directly, described the issue, and the owner immediately wrote back saying they had packaging problems and were about to have it fixed for good. And sent me a very generous replacement of more salumi than had been spoiled.
When I finally tasted it, I thought it was very well put together and the flavours were very well balanced. Nowhere near as salty as some other brand, either.
I had Molinari a few times when I was living up in the Bay Area, but I don’t specifically recall how much I liked it.
@klezman I bought the Chicago salami sampler on your recommendation. I can attest that the olympia provisions summer sausage is one of the best I’ve tried in some time. Got it from Meh last spring. Very tasty with a little bit of a kick.
Reverse Wine Snob has the same Pedroncelli 6-bottle red mix that was offered here Nov 21, 2020, for the same 6-bottle price as was offered here ($74.99). Shipping is $5 per order (which makes the 6-pack $5 cheaper than it was here, if you have to pay for shipping here).
These include the Alto Vineyards Sangiovese, the Family Vineyards Petite Sirah, the Barrel Select Cabernet Franc, the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, the Three Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and the Mother Clone Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.
today’s deal gets you all 6 bottles for just $74.99 (only $12.50/bottle) plus $5 shipping
This 6-pack deal is available to ship to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and WY. (These states are dependent on the individual licenses of the offering winery. Future deals may have more or less states available.)
@bunnymasseuse@Mark_L That is in the sweet spot of some Pedroncelli faves. Must not, must hold on for Berserker Day, must not buy this…
Speaking of nice sales, Navarro was offering their annual Fuku bag of six mystery bottles for $85, but they sold out early. They’re still offering 1-cent ground shipping on a case through the original end date of that sale, Jan 20.
And some others…
YT50 $50 off $150 (only working)
BDAY $30 off $150
Birthday30 $30 off $150
PS20 $20 off $50
20HOLIDAY $20 off $50
HOLIDAY2020 $20 off $50
20Welcome $20 off $50
NCSJAN21 $20 off $50
I’d have gone for that one two, but I was off for yet another nose swab. One last Saturday, self swab three days (M, T, W) and yet one additional today at UCSD. What a deal, can’t say I’m much liking this new normal.
@chipgreen Ok, I bit. It’s been a long time…
3 bottles @ 23.33 each. Never heard of any of them.
Priced below as CT value / proportionate cost.
At least they were all in CT, only two Sapphire inventoried, both from UC.
And that mag will cost extra to ship.
And at a good price, I used to be able to walk into their shop and buy them direct over the counter but since they have been “discovered” now you buy at the local grocers. When I see them on W**t I will generally order as they are less $ than in the local shops.
Another black truffle deal. Sabatino has 35% off until Feb 10 at 2pm EST. Code is 35VDAY. One ounce is $85 before discount (which is going price, the $120 in the woot deal a little inflated) but you pay about $24 for overnight ship which isn’t bad at all.
For those in the market for a new Coravin: Bergdorf Goodman has the Model Three on sale for $105 + there is Rakuten cash back of 10%. Best price around by a wide margin. Which makes it kinda sorta affordable.
Thanks, I have scored some great bottles from UC over the years but I have also bought a shit-ton of wine from them. This ranks at #3 after a 2013 Screaming Eagle for $35 and a 2007 Shafer Hillside Select mag for $48. Just behind at #4 is another Dom Perignon mag - a 1999 for $79.
Not sure if this is what you’re asking but my average cost per bottle from UC is $30.37. I can see that and the total I have spent at UC (CT --> Reports --> Purchases --> Purchases by Store) but there does not appear to be any way to see the total value of those bottles.
CT has it’s limits.
I suppose you could download your cellar and include pricing then do spreadsheet filtering and such to ginny up a number.
Is it worth it?
Unlikely, unless you’re really bored.
$30 isn’t bad for the pricey bottles, but kinds sucks for the $10 ones.
I saw that there was only 0.33% of the base bottle in the offer and 0.17% of the top bottle of which there is only one, so that meant there were only two base bottles, thus a guaranteed “upgrade” of some sort. Was not expecting to hit that big but, yay!
@chipgreen@rc70@rjquillin RJ I generally agree with you, UC is probably a bad value play. I’ve been good at only using the bigger coupons to keep the average price per bottle down in the teens. But I don’t love a bit of what I get making it an even worse way to go.
The gambling aspect is fun and so is the how little can I actually pay for a full shipped case of wine game I play. But that’s about it. If I just put the money aside I was spending there I could buy better stuff with it and actually get what I want.
If you go for the less expensive offers, you are going to be more likely to get “meh” wines out of it. Since you use only the bigger coupons, why not splurge a little and buy into better offers?
Reminds me a little of my wife’s cousin who is all about $10 bottles of wine. She is forever buying cheap wine at the grocery store and gets so excited when she finds a good one but what about all the crappy ones she had to go through to find a few good ones? That’s also a bad value play, IMO.
@rjquillin I clicked on that email too, after the Red Car love here. I know we discredit most CT comments, so maybe I should take them all with a grain of salt. “Fairly nice” – talk about damning with faint praise!
I’m not sure which commenter to listen to – first it’s noticeably acidic, then someone’s entire comment is RS, then another person praises its balance. I guess those three can all be reconciled, but it’s kind of a puzzler. If only there were a site where I could see reviews from trusted palates…
@klezman@ScottW58 Well, I didn’t get anything from Sicily, but I’m happy with the '17 Corison ($56 after coupon and cash back) and K Vintners Charlotte I got. I have lots more selections on deck, but I’m out of working codes. Harrington Mourvedre, Stolpman Syrahs, SH 1869, Harvey & Harriet, and, for you obscure Italian lovers, Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi (don’t ask me how it tastes, I’ve never had it).
Well here are all of them pretty much, some already used some might be dead? With 20 % can’t go wrong, nice price on the Corison
PIN50 $50 off $150
P50AM $50 off $150
YT50 $50 off $150
CQS50 $50 off $150
CQ50 $50 off $150
BDAY $30 off $150
HOLIDAY2020 $20 off $50
Holiday202 $20 off $50
20Welcome $20 off $50
NCSJAN21 $20 off $50
Appwelcome $20 off $50
@rjquillin@ScottW58 It’s not working out that well. I found I quite like his Pinots and want some of the Platt. But I don’t want to pay for shipping, so I need help!
What this will mean is that I just can’t buy anything at the end of the year once we reach our bottle limit.
Haven’t received, yet, my bottles, so I can’t make any informed decision, but those prices look nice, and open to suggestions for any that may follow discussion threads elsewhere. We disagree on politics, but we appreciate good vino.
@rjquillin That’s not at K&L. I meant the mag of Joy! I also have a mag of (iirc) 2009 IH BdB for a celebration one of these days. @CorTot - if you guys drink Chardonnay, the Rued Clone for $25 is also a good deal.
@klezman@rjquillin I’m wondering if I just got a bad batch… I didn’t enjoy any of the 3 types received. Texture was really off and they were not as dry as I was expecting, had a strange chew. Flavors were mostly off-putting. I really should have tried for a refund, but didn’t seem like it was worth the effort.
@rjquillin@trifecta Yeah, that’s what I had wrong with mine. They had a packaging problem and sent me replacements. They are actually quite hard as you’d expect and with none of the off flavours that destroyed your palate. Our initial set tasted like extremely old stinky cheese.
Greg, the owner, responded personally and set it right.
Been hearing radio ads for them lately as well.
Wondering if that’s indicative of looming gloom and some attempt to salvage a crashing business.
May decide to get bottles shipped sooner than later and not crash out like what happened to Premier Cru more than a few years ago when they went tango-uniform.
I try to pick deals where I am happy with the QPR of the most likely bottles, then if I get an upgrade to something better I consider it a bonus. Coupons like the one above make it much more likely to fill that criteria.
FWIW, I went for 6 of the “Sparkling Wines For the Spring Table”. Just under $30/bottle with coupon code.
Got the following:
(1) CAST Sparkling Rose
(1) Sapphire Hill Glee Sparkling Rose
(1) 2016 Secret Indulgence Blanc de Blancs
(3) Buena Vista ‘La Victoire Sparkling Eagle’ Champagne
There really isn’t a bottle in the entire offer that I would hesitate taking a $30 flyer on, so I was going to be happy no matter what. Always looking to add more bubbles!
That works out to $254.46 average CT community value. The '15 Twenty Eight Eighty did not have an average value so that figure was taken from the '14. Even without the $50 coupon, you would have done alright. With it, you saved over $100 vs. the average amount others have paid for the same wines.
Full disclosure. Think I have mentioned this in the past but for anyone who doesn’t know, I have a small investment in Underground Cellar ($5k). I’m sure that does cause me to defend/promote them more than I would otherwise. I invested that money in 2014 through a group that included Barbara Corcoran and has control over the funds so I cannot sell unless they sell. I have serious doubts about whether I will ever be able to actually cash in on the investment but am not especially concerned about it. I was warned upfront not to invest more than I was willing to lose and that’s how I approached it.
That said, I would never lie or make false claims in order to promote them. They had a number of customer service, shipping and fulfillment issues in recent years which have been cleaned up significantly with their acquisition of a 31,000 sq.ft. storage facility in Napa to consolidate the 5 smaller facilities they had been using as they experienced some growing pains. They have ramped up personnel, including some key executive hires to lead them into the future. They now ship items very quickly and respond to customer inquiries within 24 hours.
Ultimately, for me, the bottom line is that I enjoy rolling the dice to see what I will get (although I wish they had an option to buy bottles outright at the retail price). I realize their business model is not for everyone but I was impressed enough to throw $5k at it as an investor and another $50k at it as a customer for the past 7 years.
@chipgreen@CorTot@deadlyapp@rjquillin A model that some people like and some don’t can be a great model. If 15% of wine buyers out there love it, and 85% don’t, then (as long as they’re the only ones doing it) it’s a great niche model.
@chipgreen@CorTot@PatrickKarcher@rjquillin I’m sure most serious wine drinkers were flabbergasted when the discount wine model like woot came out, so I definitely agree. Just have to find the people who like to do a little gambling!
@chipgreen I think UC is kind of a genius business model. Most people aren’t going into a wine shop, looking at rack upon rack of wine and picking specific labels based on anything more than gut feel anyway, so it’s nice to be able to sample a bunch of wines from an offer that someone else put together for me.
I’ve been buying from UC for awhile now and I have to say, I’ve done the math and saved quite a bit of money and had a lot of good wine. (I will say that I don’t think they hit their stride until you get up into the $30+ offers. Almost all of the disappointing bottles I’ve had came from offers on the cheaper side.) I also wish they’d offer more whites.
After the time it took me to accumulate 12 bottles in my cloud cellar and then finding out numerous bottles were “damaged or missing” when I asked that my case be shipped, I decided against playing that game again.
So that’s why I no longer (or rarely) post the coupon codes here anymore. Plus you’re mostly on top of it. Also, the codes don’t seem to be quite as good as they used to be.
@rjquillin Don’t see how you got that mixed up. I replied directly to the first post of this section and then WD replied to me saying “yeah, they suck, but at least we (i.e. WCC) found your long lost wine!”