Got Wine? WTSO!

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Are you an oenophile? Do you enjoy a glass of wine? Like giving the gift of wine? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you need WTSO!

WTSO what? WTSO is short for WinesTilSoldOut, an online fine wine retailer. But WTSO is so much more than “just” an online wine retailer. Their motto says it all: “Fine Wines. Great Prices. One Deal at a Time. Wines EVERYDAY at 30% – 70% off.” Sounds like an oenophile’s dream, huh!


First, membership is free and you know how we love our free stuff.

Second, the deals, of course! Why pay retail when you can get it for less?

Third, buying wine is easy at WTSO. WTSO sells ONLY wine, and you guessed it, only ONE vintage at a time. Just one bottle to decide if it’s the one for you.

How do you get the deals at WTSO? Start with signing up for a WTSO membership. It doesn’t cost you anything and in return you will receive an e-mail notification when a new deal is posted on the WTSO website. It’s just that simple to begin saving more on your wine purchases.

Here are a few of the finer details when considering a WTSO wine deal:

  • Only one wine deal at a time. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Time to move on to the next deal.
  • If you like the offer, grab it. Again, once it’s gone, it’s gone.
  • Wine offers begin at midnight, eastern standard time, seven days a week, and are available until sold out. But don’t worry: a new wine deal will replace the sold out deal.
  • At 11:59pm, that day’s deal is over! Not all bad: Goodbye old wine deal, hello new wine deal! The clock restarts at 12:00 midnight.
  • There is a maximum of three cases (36 bottles) per order. WTSO likes to let everybody in on a deal!
  • You don’t need to be on the e-mailer to take part in any WTSO deal; it just helps you know when the deal is on, so you don’t miss it.
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Shipping: Shipping fees can increase the per/bottle price, right? Then don’t pay shipping by purchasing the minimum “free-ship” quantity. Each wine deal has a minimum bottle order of typically between three and six bottles to receive free shipping. A few other tidbits on shipping:

  • WTSO currently ships to 39 states. If your state isn’t on the list, check back later as WTSO continues to receive licenses for other states.
  • WTSO shipments include insurance so you are protected from loss or breakage in transit.
  • Wines usually ship in 2-5 days from purchase.
  • Don’t forget: due to state and federal regulations, someone at least 21 years of age must be available to sign for any wine delivery. It’s the law.
  • Concerned about shipping because it’s too cold/hot? Again, no worries! Add “Hold until I release” in the Comments section at check out and WTSO  will store your wine in their temperature controlled warehouse until you are ready for shipment.

Need a Last Minute Gift? So you waited until the last minute to pick up a gift for your best friend’s party. Don’t whine now! A WTSO Gift Certificate can wrap up your gift in just a few clicks of the keyboard. No membership required to use a gift certificate, but once your friend sees these prices, she’s going to thank you!

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It’s a Marathon! A what? That’s right, a marathon of wine deals. WTSO randomly offers a marathon of bargain basement priced wines, their version of house-cleaning. One week prior to a marathon, an e-mail notification will be sent to WTSO members. A second e-mail will be sent at the start of the marathon. Then it’s off to the races! It might be a sprint to score some of these deals!

So when is the next marathon? You are in luck, my oenophile friend! The next one is about to start:


Mark your calendars now! WTSO’s marathon event, Cheapskate Wednesday Sale, is almost here and you don’t want to miss this sale! Starting at 6:00am est, a new “best price” wine deal will be posted every 15 minutes. You gotta love that!

Need a reminder? Follow me on Twitter, @lgdealstoday, where I will tweet reminders of Cheapskate Wednesday.

How will you know if you are getting the best deal at WTSO? Know what you are buying and the fair market price for it. Not the best versed in choosing wine? Then use Google or a wine-search website to help you make an informed purchase. These three favorite sites provide wine price lists, places sold, and wine-specific details to help refine your decision:

  • Wine-Searcher’s database is quite extensive, with over 32,000 wine stores and more than 5 million wines.
  • WineZap focuses on U.S. wine retailers. Their easy search options help you find the right wine for the right price at the right location.
  • Vinopedia searches wines all over the world. Like to search wine details online? Then check out vinopedia’s browser plug-in.

Want access to “Wine Deals on the Go?” Never want to miss that great wine deal again? Then download the convenient WTSO for iPhone app or the WTSO Android app and keep on top of the latest wine deals.

Customer Service: If there is a chink in WTSO’s armor, it would be with Customer Service. They run a low-overhead operation in order to provide you with these deeply discounted wine deals. They do not routinely answer phones for either customer orders or issues. All orders are placed via their website, and if you have an issue, WTSO strongly suggests you contact them by e-mail. Fortunately, they seem to run a pretty smooth operation!

Are you or someone you know an oenophile? Are you looking for a great wine deal? Have you used WTSO before? Let us know your thoughts on WTSO in the Comments Section below.


5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Have someone special you want to surprise this Valentine’s Day? Don’t want to give the “standard” gift of flowers and chocolate? Here’s 5 gift ideas for all budgets to add pizzazz and sparks to your gift giving plans!

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1. Cozy Wine and Dine: Who doesn’t love a fabulous home cooked meal with their loved ones? Channel your “inner-gourmet” with a glam new recipe and a bottle of wine to go with it. Where to find that recipe and wine? Try these sites:

  • Gilt Taste: Find tasty recipes ready to cook as well as tips on preparation and food items to purchase at Gilt Taste. Be sure to check out the gourmet food deals to compliment your menu. A boon for the foodie in you. A mouthful of happiness for your someone special!
  • Gilt Wine: Find a wine that best compliments your gourmet meal with Gilt Taste’s weekly wine deals. Make your oenophile’s taste buds happy.
  • WinesTilSoldOut: Follow your home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine. And why not get that wine at a steal! If you don’t have a discount wine store nearby, there’s plenty of tasty wine deals here.

Gilt Taste

2. A Night on The Town: Don’t want to channel your inner chef? Why not try out a fab new restaurant without breaking the bank? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights for restaurants, so if you are planning an evening on the town, make sure you plan ahead with reservations. However, if crowds aren’t your pleasure, why not celebrate another night? Consider an early Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday. Or perhaps a nightclub the following Saturday. These websites offer daily delectable deals perfect for your night out. Sign up and have the latest offers delivered straight to your e-mail:

  • Groupon Deals: Find yourself eating up a great deal at a Zagat rated gastronomically delightful restaurant special discovered at Groupon.
  • Gilt City: Dance the night away with specials of all kinds and make it a night on the town to remember thanks to a Gilt City special.

Gilt City

3. Baubles and Trinkets: Looking for a “gift from the heart” for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart? Perhaps a hand-crafted necklace is the answer for a special woman in your life. And for that special man, here’s a few ideas too!

  • Gilt Gifts for Women: Finding the right necklace can be a bit overwhelming. Why not let Gilt guide you to the perfect piece, and save enough to also get those matching earrings!
  • Gilt Gifts for Men: Find a sweet Valentine’s gift for that sweet man with Gilt Men’s gift guide.
  • Etsy: Want a gift as unique as your someone special? Etsy might just have it! Let Etsy’s artists and crafters’s Valentine’s Day Gift guide find you the perfect “something special.”
  • RetailMeNot Idea List: Stumped for ideas? Then why not let RetailMeNot be your guide. RetailMeNot has compiled an extensive list of shopping ideas in a variety of categories, all at bargain prices! You gotta love that deal!
  • Gifting Grace: Still not sure what to get? Perhaps Gifting Grace’s Valentine’s Day gift guide will have the answer. Be sure to check for coupons with RetailMeNot! Right now, use GG25D to can get 25% off a $100 purchase.

Gifting Grace

4. Framed Memories: A gift that keeps on showing the love! Favorite photos can become great budget conscious gifts. Create a custom 2012 calendar, photo album or coffee mug that shows your love for months and years to come. Simply upload your photos to one of the several online digital photoshops and let them help you create a truly custom gift. Sites such as Shutterfly make it easy.

  • Shutterfly: Act fast to take advantage of Shutterfly’s current sale on “all gifts photo” and to ensure an on time delivery. Don’t forget coupon code SHIP30 for free shipping and Mr. Rebates for an additional 5% cash back rebate!
  • Target Photo: Need a last minute photo gift? Upload your photo to Shutterfly, and then with the “Print Local” feature, have your photos printed at Target that same day. Then drive on over, pick up your photo, and head over to Target’s Home Goods section for the perfect picture frame. Shazaam! A great last minute gift. Don’t forget to print your applicable Target Photo Coupon for additional savings.

5. Weekend Getaway: How about a romantic escape to reconnect with your special someone? Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday, not a weekend this year, but that’s ok! Gift a weekend getaway in a Valentine’s Day card, and escape the following weekend. Several sites offer great deals to satisfy most tastes and budgets from romantic to adventurous, fireside charm to waterside wonders:

  • Groupon Getaways: From coast to coast, and overseas too, find vacation bargains for as much as 50% off at Groupon GetAways. Escape with a $129 special for a $258 Bed & Breakfast in the Colorado San Juan Mountains, or a fab $129 price for a $218 beachfront hotel in Fort Myers FLA.
  • A great source for hotels near and far! Follow the Deal-of-the-Day and you might just score as much as 50% off a chic downtown escape. Use coupon code REBATES12 for additional savings of between $20 – $100 on any booking right now.
  • Jetsetter: Looking for just a little bit “more” in your weekend getaway? Jetsetter has quite a selection of sweet escape deals to choose from!
  • Budget Travel: Just not sure what to do? Budget Travel has lots of great ideas that are the “Real Deals” at at these prices.

Groupon Getaway

Just remember: if you are ordering items online, don’t wait until the last minute. They might not arrive in time for your special day! Also don’t forget to check RetailMeNot for new coupon codes and Mr. Rebates for additional rebates before you complete any online purchase.

Want to learn more about Gilt, RetailMeNot, Groupon or Mr.Rebates? Check out these prior blog posts for full details:

Do you plan to do anything special for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift idea? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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