It’s easy to walk into a store, buy the nearest Chardonnay and leave. But don’t just grab and go: There are some smart ways to save money and get a better wine at the same time.
1. Free Stuff
Before spending $5 on a gift bag or $25 on a fancy corkscrew to replace the one airport security took, know that many stores keep free plastic gift bags and inexpensive corkscrews behind the front counter.
2. Best Sellers
Shops often put best-selling wines—or wines they want to become best sellers—up front. This doesn’t mean the wines are bad, but there are probably more interesting selections deeper inside the store.