Few things are more satisfying that knowing you’ve gotten a great deal. And if you’re a wine lover, knowing how to get great deals on wine will not only ensure that you’ll have money leftover for Gouda, but also shopping for your favorite wine varieties will be more fun than ever before. Here are four ways you can get started:

  1. Buy wine by the case. Here’s a tip that every wine lover should know: Most wine shops will give you a discount if you purchase wine by the case. In some cases this can mean a savings of up to 20 percent per bottle. If you don’t want 12 bottles of the same wine, many shops will allow you to buy a “mixed case,” allowing you to mix and match varieties and still receive a discount. Whatever wine you choose to buy, make sure it’s one that will either age well or that you’ll be able to drink before its prime consumption time has expired.
  2. Learn about budget wines. While there are plenty of budget wines that aren’t very good, many of them are delicious and should be on the shopping list of every wine lover. Visit free tastings to try new budget wines. Read up on quality budget wines in magazines and ask the people at your local wine shop for recommendations. They’ve mostly likely tried many varieties and may come up with suggestions you’d never have thought of on your own.
  3. Join a wine club. If you live in a state where you can purchase wine via the Internet, there are several wine clubs that offer incredible savings when you purchase a membership. Membership in a wine club will also give you inside information on budget wines and discounts on wine accessories.
  4. Be on the lookout for deals. Most wine shops offer weekly or monthly specials on several wine varieties. Scan shop websites and circulars to find deals on wine, or do some reading to see what you buy now that will go up in value later. Visiting local wineries to purchase wines at their source is also a great way to save.