My wine buying habits have changed since the web
I used to buy “bottles” (usually 1, possibly up to 3) by going into a shop when I know I needed wine for an occasion.
There are physical sellers who used to only sell by the case who changed my habits on occasion because I was forced to … so I bought wine to keep for a future drinking occasion. I still needed to go there to “browse” and fill the case based on chats, labels, and offers.
Then the internet came along and I started to realise that it was good to have a variety of wine to drink at home so it was better to buy “in advance” so I started looking out for recommendations.
The biggest problem was that I might come across a wine that sounded great, but was available in only a few places. As I did not wish to pay a fortune on a per-bottle basis I would have had to buy in bulk, but that didn’t fit my budget. I don’t want to buy lots of bottles I’ve not tried before, and anyway I drink different wines, not lots of the same.
I therefore was really only interested in the best suggestions that were available from the kind of places where I could buy more than one wine at a time to fill the case to make the purchase worthwhile.
So the web is my tool for gathering suggestions, coordinating multiple purchases into one, and saving on delivery.
Now that I have the community as well as the website, I have multiplied the benefits of “suggestion gathering” to add to the “saving on delivery” and “coordinating delivery from one supplier” available from TWS.
Not sure if this helps, but … that’s me