Not everyone is lucky enough to live near a decent liquor store with a large variety of wines. Most of us our stuck with little neighborhood stores that carry a limited selection of the big commercial wine brands. Or worse, intimidated by snooty and pricey wine shops in our areas.
One way around this is to shop online for wine, especially for those rarer varieties you may read about in wine or food magazines. If you live near Yaphank, New York, one online wine shop you should visit is Sokolin.com.
Sokolin’s customer service
Sokolin has been around since 1934. Their mission is to bring you the world’s most sought-after wines from impossible-to-find back vintage treasures to exciting new releases at the lowest prices on the market.
Sokolin is also a big believer in customer service. They have wine concierge services through every phase of wine collecting or can simply help you find the right bottle for a special occasion, including over the phone or online chat consultations with a wine specialist. For wine collectors, they offer storage services or help you sell your wine collection. They also sell Bordeaux futures if you are interested in investing in wine.
You can order all your wine online and then pick it up at the Sokolin Yaphank facility or have your order shipped to their liquid asset storage facility in Bridgehampton, New York.
Not in New York? Their website also features educational information like Staff Tasting Notes where you can read the latest from Sokolin’s wine experts as they swirl, sniff and sip at industry events, private tastings and dining with family and friends.
Choosing your wine
If you’re a person who loves bargains, look in the On Sale section and then sort results from low to high. If you love a particular country’s or region’s wines, sort by that and then put in other criteria like wine ratings and price. You have the option of buying by the bottle or by the case.
You can also do a search to fine wines. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any listing for organic wines or vintages from Colorado, where I live. But Sokolin does carry wines from all over the world as well as California, New York, Long Island (really!), Oregon and Washington.
Pricewise, Sokolin has a large range. The cheapest wines were $4.95 and the most expensive was a 1961 Latour A Pomerol that sells for $19,995. At the time I checked, they carried 229 wines under $25 and 360 wines in the $25 to $50 range.
Sokolin also sells books on wine, and wine accessories like decanters and glasses. They also offer the guaranteed lowest price on their accessories and free ground shipping.
Go to www.sokolin.com for more information about Sokolin’s wine offerings and services.
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