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Winter is coming (and no, I’m not talking about "Game of Thrones"). This means you should buy wine in large amounts, not because you’ll be drinking more, but because going outside - especially if you live in the Northeast - just won’t be pleasant. Conveniently, most wine stores offer case discounts on wine; usually 10 percent. On a case of $12 bottles, that translates to a bottle free, and change.
To keep everyone from driving out into the sleet, snow and the dreaded “winter mix” - which sounds like a snack food but is really just wet, cold stuff blowing in your face - simply because they’re out of wine, here are four great less-than–$12 bottles to buy by the case, and one not-quite-that-cheap-but-still-a-steal Pinot.
2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley Dry ($9)
2011 Farnese Trebbiano d’Abruzzo ($9)
2011 Altos Las Hormigas Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda ($10)
2010 Toad Hollow Goldie’s Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($19)
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