We are having a problem locating wines that you feature in F&W. Any suggestions?
—Trayce Rayski, Dallas
Finding a specific wine is a perennial problem. American wineries alone produce more than 10,000 new wines each year—so many that nearly a third of the entire shelf space in the average supermarket would be needed to stock them all. What this means is that the odds of any individual store having a specific wine in stock are necessarily small. (Of course those odds increase if the wine in question is, say, Yellow Tail Shiraz—several million cases of which are imported from Australia to the U.S. each year.) Yet even a very large store may have only a partial selection of the most well-known brands. This being the case, here are a number of worthwhile strategies that can help you find a specific wine: