Food and Wine

Tips for buying wine online

June 17, 2015


Consuming wine is a favourite pastime for many a woman. If you add chocolate and girlfriends you have yourself a perfect evening.

Where do you buy your wine? You probably buy from a liquor store, boutique winery or even straight from the wine estate.

We’re here to introduce you today to the concept of buying wine online. That’s right; you can order your next shipment of wine without even getting out of pyjamas. Isn’t that the dream?

In South Africa we have been somewhat slow to get on the online shopping bandwagon. That’s why we thought it would be helpful to give you a few tips.

Choose a reliable merchant

This is probably the most important place to start. You don’t want to hand over money to any fly-by-night entity that just happens to call themselves an online wine merchant. There are various ways to make sure a merchant is legitimate, such as by checking their general online presence and whether they have a professional looking website. It’s also a very good sign if the merchant has an actual physical store as well and can provide an address.

Search and compare prices

Before you settle on any particular bottle of white or red wine online, do a quick Google search to make sure that you are in fact getting a good deal. Remember to localise your search by using “South Africa” in your search term. Don’t be too quickly taken in by promises of discounts and specials without first doing the leg work to make sure you really are getting a good deal.

Read reviews

When you are choosing between wines at a physical wine store, unless you are familiar with the wine in question you haven’t got much to go on besides the bottle. The great thing about shopping online is that you have at your fingertips access to many reviews and more detailed descriptions than are found on the bottle. It’s a simple matter of seeing a bottle of wine you might be interested in and just opening a new tab for a quick review to see what others have said.

Beware shipping

There is nothing worse than finding a great online deal, only to discover that the shipping costs nullify whatever you could have saved. Read the fine print before making any orders.

Always be safe

Finally, remember to always make safety a priority when doing any transaction online. Make sure you are savvy with online shopping security if you aren’t already, because whether buying wine, comic books or clothing online you always want to stay safe.

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