Case or Bottle: A Guide to Buying Wine
Updated: Feb 23
Chasing that perfect bottle of wine is a fruitful endeavor. When you see a wine that is being constantly recommended, or perfect for your next occasion, don’t let the opportunity slip away. Try to get your hands on it. But do you just buy a single bottle or invest in a case? For a lot of people, buying a larger amount of bottles makes more sense.
We’re going to cover the ins and outs of finding your next wine. From knowing your palate to finding that perfect case, here are our guidelines for buying that next bottle (or twelve!).
First off, stop thinking that buying a case of wine is too much. I mean, you are reading a guide on buying wine. Let’s say you drink on average 1-2 glasses of wine a night with your meal. That means you’re opening two bottles per week for yourself. Estimate how many bottles you purchase a year?
Buying wine is a decision that takes a lot of time to perfect. Before you can make that decision, you should know what your motivation is for buying a wine. Are you looking for the experience? Are you buying for the brand name or region? Are you a collector? What’s your price point? Do you have the proper storage?
Whatever it is, you’ll need to know what notes and flavors work for your unique palate.
Know Your Palate
Buying wine is a decision that takes a lot of time to perfect. Before you can make that decision, you should know what your motivation is for buying a wine. Are you looking for the experience? Are you buying for the brand name or region? Are you a collector? What’s your price point? Do you have the proper storage? Whatever it is, you’ll need to know what notes and flavors work for your unique palate.
For many wine connoisseurs, they’ve developed a sophisticated palate from years of tastings. But even experienced wine enthusiasts might not have their palate nailed down yet. They might not be completely aware about why they like or dislike a particular wine variety.
Lucky for you, Yahyn has your back. We have a couple of options that can help you distinguish between what bottle of wine would be the best for you. Chat with one of our on-demand sommelier service and tell them about the previous wines you have enjoyed and they will help you find similar wines you’re likely to enjoy.
If you are completely new or curious, join the Yahyn community and take our Palate Analysis Test to discover new wines. It’s like our version of Ancestry.com. We use sensory science and artificial intelligence to accurately determine your “Wine DNA.” Once we know that, we’re able to match you with wine varieties based on your Y-score.
Bottle or Case
It doesn’t get more convenient than walking down to your local liquor store and picking up a bottle of wine. But a close second is having your wine packaged and delivered to you from the vineyard. There’s nothing like a hand-written note from the owners. With most vineyards doing online sales, ordering from vineyards across the country is at your disposal. So take advantage of it!
In considering a case of wine, it always comes down to convenience and versatility. Only buying one or two bottles at a time limits food pairing options when you're having a glass with dinner. You also won’t be surprised by any pop-up events that you need to go to. You’ll be ready with a bottle of wine to bring as a gift.
Yahyn Sommelier Tip: It’s a good idea to have a case shipped every 4-6 weeks just in case you have an upcoming event and can’t get out to the store.
It is a given that buying a single bottle of wine is going to be the cheaper option over a case. Although all of us have been guilty of splurging from time to time. If you’re unfamiliar with a particular wine—or are just looking to sample from a new vineyard—by all means, purchase a single bottle. But there are plenty of reasons to order more.
Ideally, if you buy high-end wine, you might want to consider buying a full case. Yes, it is more expensive, but you will benefit in many ways; you can drink one bottle in the early release, gift another one, drink one close to its maturity peak, or hold onto a few to see if the price increases. You might even want to sell one.
Usually, there's also a discount in buying more. Like at Yahyn, you can buy a case for the same shipping fee as a single bottle. I always buy between a 1/2 case to a case when I’m ordering wine online. It’s cheaper for shipping fees, better for the environment, and it allows me to explore new wines for the next couple of weeks.
Building a Case Like the Pros
Whatever you decide to purchase, make sure it’s an educated decision. Research the variety, vineyard, and vintage. Does it match your palate and personality? And, as always, if you have any questions, we’re here to help! Yahyn will guide you through so you make the best decision every time you buy wine.
As a bonus, we reached out to a few of our professional Yahyn sommeliers to see what their preference is when buying a case of wine. Below are a few of their responses for the practical, budget conscious, or experimental wine drinkers out there. Enjoy!
Niccolo, Yahyn Sommelier
A solid entry-level Pinot and Prosecco are always a great solution because not all of your friends will have the appreciation that you do for wine.
Alexander, Yahyn Sommelier
I look to package an experience by putting together a case that is representative of an idea (Showcase of France, Germany Rieslings, etc). This also serves to create a connection of knowledge where a customer can embrace a connection to specific aspects of wine.
Melanie, Yahyn Sommelier
I like to order a 12-pack variety for all occasions. Cava, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese.