Save Money on Wine at Fancy Restaurants

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.



Big Wine Drinkers

Who are the big wine drinkers?

The United States or France?

It is probably no surprise that France leads the pack as the country that produces that largest quantity of wine. (Italy and Spain are right behind them). But do they drink the most wine?

The answer is, yes. They do drink the most wine. But there are some interesting things to note about where the US stands in relation to them.

Last year (in 2013) the US actually purchased more wine than any other country. This was a first. It appears that the French are slowing down on their wine purchasing (while America speeds up).

So what is going on?

Is the US becoming a nation of alcoholics? Not necessarily. It really is just in the past several years that the US has not only had more access to better wine (no doubt from Europe), but has also acquired quite a taste for it. This could very well account for the increase in wine purchasing.

No need to worry about a nation of alcoholics just yet.