Have you ever bought any cleanskins from the net or a retailer and wondered why oh why you didn't just pay a few extra dollars for something you know is good? Or perhaps had one that left you raving about its virtues but frustrated that you weren't sure about where it came from and hence unable to buy it again. Share your thoughts!
Cleanskins and are a great way to start a wine collection (so that you leave the more expensive stuff alone) - especially if you know where the wine has come from. The guys at Vintage Cellars and The Wine Society are pretty good about naming their sources for their branded products. If you're buying retail, don't be afraid to ask someone in-store for more information. If you know who has made it and where it has come from you can take a reasonable guess at the style and value-for-money that you will be getting. I wouldn't buy a cleanskin or similar any other way.
I love getting my emails from Jake Lindesay from Langton's offering me some of the best deals on the wines i have let him know i love , but when times are tuff ... I have also discovered "good things DO come in small packages " ie: pure wine , an additive that eliminates the preservatives (which my wife is sensitive to) and saves the headaches ... i recently sacrificed myself as a guinea pig with a Pinot Noir cleanskin from NZ . First bottle , morning after I had the tweezer hold on the temples- but second bottle ... "Hello World , this is Mick Michaels !!! " Heeheehee sine then , it is a decision on when to add and when not to :)