The secret app I use to get wine delivered to my door

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Being a food and drink writer for as long as I have, it’s often me who is educating my family about trending booze, the latest craft breweries, and wines worth drinking. However, there have been a few times I’ve been on the reciprocal end.

About a year or two before every.single.bar started serving Fireball whiskey, my uncle gifted me and my sister each a bottle for Christmas and said, “this is what all the kids are drinking in Ocean City, Maryland.” I shared my bottle with friends, and it was gone before the new year. You know how that trend went.

A few years ago, my sister was looking for wine delivery — having just had a baby and moving to an apartment building, ease and delivery were key. She told me about WTSOWines ‘Til Sold Out – from which she was fulfilling all her rosé needs, direct to door.

For the past three years, I’ve been doing most of my wine buying via app, and it’s even easier during this busy season of buying and visiting.


How it Works

I’ll admit that when I first downloaded the app, I was tentative to purchase — how do you know if wine is good without trying it? Do I want 4 bottles of something I’ve never had? However, a fellow fine wine lover who also uses the app told me she “never had a bad experience,” and I’m here to confirm this for you.

OK, let’s back up.

You can download the free WTSO app to your mobile device. Create an account and allow for notifications, and you’ll get a ping everytime a new wine deal is live. They update several times a day, depending on supply and demand.

Most wines are discounted fairly and a shipping discount (free) applies with multiple bottle orders.

Orders ship quickly via UPS. Adult signature required, obviously, the only “ugh” in the process (but an understandable one). In the summer, you even can have your delivery delayed to eliminate the chance of your bottles cooking in the heat. Updates are provided along the way.

Futhermore, wines are well packed in boxes with bottle-specific shipping material — recycled clamshell pulp cartons. No clunky bubble wrap duct-taped within an inch of its life (breweries, I’m looking at you), no explosions of packing peanuts.

I’ve ordered from WTSO nearly 20 times (would be more if I wasn’t pregnant most of 2017). I think there was like one wine I got that I didn’t prefer — drank it anyway and by the fourth bottle it actually had grown on me. I buy a lot of rosé and Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, because that’s what I’m into. I went through a Spanish red phase in 2016.

Prices are fair, and while I first feared they were all vintages I would never get again (like PLCB’s Chairman Selections), most you CAN reorder or may reappear as new deals of the day.

You CAN, it turns out, visit their website and just buy wine straight-out. Checking their holiday section would be ideal, and I have a few recommendations below.

More often, I look for a notification from their app about the latest deal, do a quick once-over and buy quickly. The deals last only — til the wine sells out.


Give the gift of wine this holiday season.

When in doubt — wine will always make an excellent gift for the holidays. Whether you’re handpicking Napa Valley Cabs for your favorite wino or looking to fill stockings with a bottle of bubbly, it’s a lovely and shareable sentiment. It’s also worth stashing aside a few bottles to grab for a host or any last-minute gift needs.


Sara’s Wine Recommendations

The perfect host/hostess gift

Abremundos Octava Bassa Malbec 2013 – $29.99

This reasonably priced, 97-point Malbec features dark berries with a lovely, lasting finish. Buy two — one for your favorite hostess, and one for you. It’s perfect for diving into some cookies and a Hallmark flick on a Sunday night a.k.a. ignoring the Sunday Scaries — or whatever you have going on.

For your friend who just got their first apartment

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Grand Napa Master Napa Valley Red Blend 2016 – $19.99

I really like blends because it eliminates the pressure to identify with a specific grape. Like your favorite pair of denim, this red blend goes with basically everything. This bottle says, “hey friend, I celebrate you” without being too over the top that you need to save it. Drink it together. Have some tacos. Grill some veggies. This will work. Also, this isn’t so out-of-price range — even for wino on a budget — that they couldn’t order a few more bottles for themselves if they like it as much as I suspect.

For your friend who always cooks Italian for their dates

Bellini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2013 (sold with Provinco Borelli 2015 for $69.99)

We’re big fans of pasta and red meats in this family (my god you should see our freezers), so I’m always looking for reds to stand up red sauces, venison roasts, beef short ribs, that kind of thing. This does just that. Notes say to decant for a few hours, but maybe you have one of those fancy, 2-minute, turn it upside down jobbies like I do. Swirl.

92 points. Someone with more expertise says, “Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Very fine.”

For your friend who thinks she only likes Pinot Grigio

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André Robineau Cave du Fort Sancerre 2017 – $17.99

OK, this isn’t the same Sancerre as the one I tried, but as I mentioned above, I’ve never been disappointed by WTSO’s lots. This is described as your guidebook to Old World Sauvignon Blanc, and it’s time your friend branches out beyond Pinot. This lovely dry wine will pair perfectly with cheese and fruits served atop your home bar, best accompanied by good ol’ fashioned gossip and good cheer. This also was badass with Bon Appetit’s ridiculously named Broccoli Bolognese.

To Ring in the New Year

Champagne Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut 2008 – A splurge-y $119.99

Let’s say you had a pretty big year — maybe a new job, new baby, whatever makes you sparkle and shiny. This is what we’re pouring this New Year’s Eve, thank you, WTSO!

A less spendy champers option is Philippe Fourrier 2010 Cuvée Millesime Champagne or Champagne Philippe Prié Brut Tradition, both just $30. You always can swap for this Cava — and its reasonable $14.99 price point. Finally, if you want to blow out 2018 in all its millennial pink glory, consider this Brut Sparkling Rosé — just $13.99, stock up!


You can order any of these wines for the holidays here, but WTSO is serving up deals all year-long. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and IG for more!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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