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Guide to the January Sales 2014

by Tom Cannavan

sales poster Each January sees a crop of wine sales and as always there will be a mixture of genuine bargains and less tempting propositions, but there's no doubt that with a bit of judicious research and planning, there are some very good buys around. Every wine retailer and his dog has some sort of sale on in January and I can't possible feature them all, so this mini-guide concentrates on those merchants that are also sponsors of wine-pages. As always, the best bargains will go quickly, and I never receive commission on sales from any company featured.

If more sales are announced by my sponsoring companies I will add them here.

the sales

Berry Bros & Rudd

With up to 30% off there's lots to like in the Berry Bros & Rudd sale. An intriguing case of twelve bottles - the 'White Burgundy Collection' - costs 200 (a saving of 99.70) and includes some very nicely chosen wines, mostly from the outstanding 2010 white Burgundy vintage. I'm also intrigued by a Portuguese white, the 2012 Dom Rafael Branco, from one of the best estates in the Alentejo called Mouchão. The price has been slashed from 11.45 per bottle to just 7.95. Another outstanding buy appears to be the 2010 Domaine de l'Hortus Rouge, star of the Pic Saint Loup region with a cult following, and down from 22.95 to just 16 in the sale. Most wines are sold only by the case of 6 or 12 and the minimum order is 100. UK delivery is free from bbr.com.

Waitrose Wine Direct

The January clearance at waitrosedirect.com, like all sales, is "whilst stocks last," but wines catching my eye include the 2009 Vosne Romanée from Domaine Gros which looks like a bargain at 31.99 down from 39.99 and the Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2009, down to 49.99 from 60. Note also that Waitrose.com will offer a free bottle of Champagne with every grocery order of 50 or more during January. Delivery is free.

Bordeaux Wine Investments (BWI)

In the January Stock Clearance at BWI there are top-end wines available with discounts of between 5% and 25% and you can download the list from the web site. Amongst those with 20% or more off are wines like the 2005 Mouton-Rothschild and 2009 Château Lafite. At a more modest level, the 2007 Crianza from Bodegas Viña Magana in Navarra picked up 94 points from the Wine Advocate, and 12 bottles costs just 84, a saving of 21.

Wine Owners

Wine Owners is a sophisticated platform for trading in fine wines. Whilst they do not have a January Sale as such, they currently have a good stock of 'duty-paid' wines, where the duty and VAT is already included in the price. These wines can represent very good value. Just click the "Duty Paid" option from the "All Status Type" filter on the list of wines currently offered for sale at wineowners.com.

Great Western Wine

Bath and Internet based Great Western Wine has over 80 lines reduced. These include favourites of mine like the 'Inés' Vinho Verde from Adega de Monção down from 8.95 to 6.30, or for something different, Ixsir of Lebanon's excellent Grande Reserve White is down from 20 to 16. Sticking with less familiar white wines, the Dry Furmint 2011 from Patricius in Tokaji is also on offer, down from 11.75 to 8.80. Free delivery on 12 bottles or more.

Not January sales, but...

The following wine-pages sponsors do not have specific January Sales, but many do have special offers including the latest Burgundy 2012 vintage 'en primeur':

Fine+Rare Wines - Established name trading in the finest wines

Bancroft Wines - Leading UK supplier to trade and private clients

Richard Dawes Fine Wine - specialising in the world's most desirable red wines

Around Wine - one stop shop for wine accessories and storage solutions

Piemonte Wines - hand picked wines from boutique growers in Piedmont

FromVineyardsDirect - a hand-picked selection of wines direct from growers

Bid For Wine - buy and sell rare and vintage fine wines via real-time auctions

Ten Acre Wines - honest and fair pricing; quality and service come first

More January sale offers will be added as they are announced