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Best Buys by Merchant

The big guys

We used to list the weekly specials for Woolworths and Coles outlets, so subscribers could walk into their Dan Murphy’s or 1st Choice on the weekend and grab the Best Buys. Other subscribers then wrote in complaining that they couldn’t find the specials we published in their stores. That’s because the specials of the big guys vary from state to state and even from store to store. For example, Dan Murphy’s at Many Vale often has local specials to match Bayfields up the road in Dee Why. The same happens in Melbourne, Brisbane and elsewhere.

Dan Murphy’s runs regular online specials which we can assume are nationwide. The problem with those is that they only last for a few days, and that makes it impossible for us. The specials last a bit longer at 1st Choice and Vintage Cellars, but they’re rarely competitive these days.

The Independents

At BWU$20 we do our best to promote independent retailers who’ve found a way to compete with the big guys online, and still offer personal service and a more interesting range of wines. They also tend to hold their prices for weeks rather than days, so we’ve re-introduced Best Buys by merchant as of June 2015, starting with Kemenys and Bayfields. We will add others over the next few weeks

Kemenys produces a catalogue every two months, and the deals listed in it last for that period until stocks run out. The best deals here are found under the Hidden labels so we’ve focused on these for the moment.


Another Sydney-based independent, and another family business. They own a number of hotels and use their combined buying power to get super deals on commercial lines. Their online service is marred by vintages that almost always out of date – in other words, you don’t know what vintage a wine is unless you call them which is an option since they actually pick up the phone. They publish a catalog too, which can download HERE, and it tells you how long its valid for – June 23 2015 for the present one. Here are our picks:

  • Yealands Land Made Marlborough Sauv/Blanc $13.90
  • De Bortoli Deen Vat 7 Chardonnay – $8.90
  • Rockbare McLaren Vale Chardonnay – $16.90
  • Elefante Blanco – $8.80
  • Whither Hills Pinot Gris 2013 – $12
  • St Clair Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir $15
  • Teusner The Riebke Barossa Shiraz – $17.70
  • Seppelts Chalambar Shiraz – $16.90
  • Elderton High Altitude Cab/Sauv $16.90
  • Lindauer Special Reserve NV $13
  • Chandon NV – $20

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