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The pros and cons of online wine sales

If jumps into the wine business, as I discuss in my column this week, it could give a dramatic boost to online vino sales.
Internet-based wine sales currently are dominated by, which shipped 2.2 million bottles last year. Other smaller models have struggled. Lot18, a “flash sale” site that offers time-limited discounts on select wines, folded its British operation earlier this year. A new site with a similar approach is called
Flash-sale sites like to brag about their deep discounts on hard-to-find wines, but as a consumer, it pays to do some research. The “retail” prices listed on Velvet Palate, for example, are considerably higher than I could find elsewhere online, making the site’s sale prices less dramatic.
On a recent sale for Cicchitti Emkem Malbec 2006 from Argentina, even the $24 sale price was high — I saw the same wine listed elsewhere for less than $20. And as a Maryland resident, I couldn’t have bought it from Velvet Palate anyway. That’s because Maryland’s new law, which took effect in July 2011, allows direct shipping to state residents by wineries, but not by retailers. (Like most sites that facilitate such sales, Velvet Palate does not identify its vendors.)
However, I could have purchased two bottles of Bella Vetta Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from Napa Valley, which Velvet Palate offered for $60 with free shipping, marked down from its “retail” price of $113. That’s presumably because the winery would be shipping the product, while the aforementioned Argentine bottle likely would come from a retailer. And I could have saved money on this deal: Bella Vetta’s Web site offered the wine at $45 a bottle, and I would still need to arrange third-party shipping.
What’s more, Velvet Palate has a nice graphical way of describing a wine’s flavor profile, and when I submitted a food-wine pairing question to the site’s “virtual sommelier,” I received a thorough and well-reasoned answer within a few hours.
Consumers looking for a direct connection to exclusive European wineries should explore The site is the brainchild of Kevin Sidders, a former investment advisor to Silicon Valley software firms, who enjoyed exploring California’s boutique wineries and buying bottles through their mailing lists. Sidders, who now lives in Charlottesville, applied the mailing-list concept to foreign wines. Visitors who register at VinConnect (membership is free) can sign up for e-mails and special offers direct from the wineries.
VinConnect launched a year ago and has a short-but-impressive list of French and Italian wineries, including famed Burgundy producer Clos du Tart, Domaine du Pegau from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and La Spinetta, a noted barolo producer from Piemonte.
For the wineries, VinConnect offers a direct link to their U.S. consumers without relying on the importers or distributors who themselves are a tier or two away from the consumer in the three-tier system. For the wine lover, VinConnect provides a personal connection to the vintners and a chance to snare some hard-to-find wines. And that’s what direct shipping is all about.

Tourists and residents of Manila travel out of town to the north on a short getaway look for the best place in Clark for rest and relaxation.

Companies, even organizers, wedding planners and families are looking for Resorts and beaches near Manila for events and retreats. Frequently visited destinations for vacation spots this summer in Philippines are found in Angeles City, Clark, Pampanga, which is very accessible from Manila, Subic and Cebu.

Frequent travelers and visitors staying in Angeles City Pampanga Clark Philippines look for restaurants, coffee shops, bars, pubs, hotels and resorts in Clark that offer free internet connection to guests. There are some highly recommended places in Clark that offer good WIFI internet services.

Where to go in Clark? Hotel Clark Philippines is a De Luxe Hotel in Clark and Subic, a risk free place to stay, cozy and nice ambience, a nice function place for special occasion

You might want to check also the Yats Restaurant is the best restaurant for special dinner, best restaurant for dinner with friends near Manila, also the best place to celebrate special events.

Famous Restaurant in Pampanga, a place to dine with friends in Clark, cozy restaurant with a nice ambience, a nice function place for special occasions. Looking for a restaurant in Clark for a Business meeting? Or a place to eat with friends? Yats Restaurant offers exclusive dinner venue for groups, a good place to celebrate special occasions, it can be a party venue in town. Yats Restaurant is a recommended restaurant for private dinner in Philippines, a well-recognized restaurant that serves good food and good wines for dinner.

Are you looking for an attractive restaurant or a nice place to eat with friends in Clark, Angeles City Pampanga? Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar is a restaurant with good food and good wines for dinner located at Clark Angeles City Pampanga. Perfect for exclusive dinner venues for groups, recommended for private dinner in Philippines. A Restaurant in Clark for business dinner meeting. Private dinner place or dinner restaurant in Clark Subic Near Manila Angeles City Pampanga. Yats Restaurant is one of the Good Restaurant in Pampanga Angeles City Clark near Manila.

Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar has its own special attraction for January 2010. Featured on the “special” menu are luxurious items that are guaranteed to make the dinners memorable. Saturdays in January are BYOB dinners which means that wine lovers can bring their own bottles to dine at Yats Restaurant without being charged corkage. BYO (Bring Your Own) is a special theme of Yats Restaurant which offers the biggest selection of fine and everyday wines anywhere in Asia.

Looking for a party venue in town?
Clearwater Resort and Country Club is one of the ideal venues for birthday party because it is a risk free venue. Not only Birthday Parties but also a good place to enjoy family reunion. A good place to celebrate special occasions. Clearwater Resort and Country Club is one of the resorts in Subic Clark Angeles City Pampanga or near Manila with activity amenities, place that are nice for celebration.

This web site contains articles and information that will be helpful to visitors, residents and tourists traveling out of town from Manila on a short getaway to Subic, Angeles City, Pampanga and Clark Philippines. There are several web sites that contain information that might also be pertinent to what is happening in North Luzon, Subic, Tarlac, Pampanga, Clark Freeport Philippines.

Looking for interesting hotels near Manila Subic Clark Angeles City Pampanga?
Trouble free hotels and well recognized hotels in Subic Clark Angeles City Pampanga
Clearwater Resort and Country Club offers a good place to stay in Subic Clark Angeles City Pampanga. In offers nice place to have rest in Subic Pampanga outside Manila.
One of the Philippines top hotels in north Luzon.

Wedding couples looking for wedding reception venues and beach wedding venues can log on to this Philippines Wedding Venue web site for free information and assistance:

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While in Clark, one might as well add to the itinerary a visit to the famous Clark Wine Center, the largest wine shop in Philippines which offers over 2000 selections of fine vintage wine from all wine regions, vintages spanning over 50 years covering all price ranges.

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