Have you ever heard of a bin end list? Many nicer restaurants and wine shops have them. They are a way to get a potentially nice bottle of wine at a nice discount.
If you are at a nicer restaurant (probably a restaurant who has a sommelier) you might want to ask if they have a bin end list. You can save some cash on wine. If you are at a store and know you are shopping for a wine to drink soon, then you might want to ask if they have a bin end list.
Some people have the wrong idea about bin end lists. They think they are the bottom of the barrel or old and expired wine. This is not the case.
Generally speaking, the wines that are on a bin end list are wines that the wine carrier or restaurant want to sell out of. It is usually because they are expecting a new vintage to come in and when that happens, the old vintage will just sit and eventually go bad which is of course a shame.
They could also be a wine that just didn’t sell well. This does not however mean that the wine is not good. It could just mean that for whatever reason that wine varietal did not sell well at a particular store or restaurant location.
A restaurant or wine shop is not going to sell you bad wine (knowingly). They risk losing your business and the potential of you telling other people that they have bad wine.
The point is that you shouldn’t think that asking for a bin end list is low class or cheap. Yes it is a way to save some money, but it is also a way to have some wine that you are probably not going to be able to get again.