A friend of mine received a call unexpectedly the other day from a company from which he had previously purchased a very acceptable cabernet sauvignon. He was seduced by a sales patter for a sauvignon blanc which he was assured was a 'bargain' and 'remarkable for the price' | 'I don’t think it tastes like what I was told |' he says. He was right. He was sold a dud.
There are plenty of pitfalls when it comes to buying any wine you have not tasted whether that purchase be over the phone | through a wine club | or buying cleanskins at a local bottle shop. The blurb may well say 'RRP $40' or 'worth $50 a bottle' - but these wines are usually not sold in retail stores and are sold under labels you may never see again.