On Saturday night I’m having my first formal dinner party in my newly renovated New York apartment. I’ve lived in this city for 3 months and I’m a long way from home. I’m an Aussie so I want to make something that reminds me of home. A meal that my new friends and colleagues can remember as distinctly Australian. I don’t know that many people here yet and I’m a bit anxious because I’ve invited my Boss and his wife Sandra as well as a few new friends from the gym. I’m an Engineer by trade but I also love to cook, so I’m going to do my best to impress.

In New York there isn’t much Aussie wine to choose from so I’ve been looking on the net, I see there is Taylors estate shiraz online which in my opinion is a rather nice Aussie Shiraz and the price is fairly decent so I think that’s a good wine tasting machine to go with the steak. I’m not sure how I’m going to pull off a barbecue in New York City but I feel keen. I’m one of the few residents in this building with a balcony and I saw rather affordable bbq Webbers the other day in Queen Street so I’ve decided to buy one this afternoon after work and give it a go. It’s Wednesday, I have three days to prepare.

A bbq in New York in my very own apartment which now looks rather funky even if I do say so myself, well it should, I spent nearly a million on buying it and a hundred grand on renovations on top and now it feels like the bank owns my soul but what is a life worth if you can’t live it the way you want before you die? As I said I want it to have that authentic Australian feel but you can’t start a gathering with red wine first or it will get too deep and too sombre to fast. Red wine does that, it makes people dig deep inside and confess all their sins, it has a tendency to be wintery and broody. Perfect! It is just below freezing outside so this is going to be something to remember. See this post if you are looking for wine by the glass.

French champagne for the ladies and a nice Australian Chardonnay to begin, just to get everyone relaxed and in the mood and then the Pepperjack cabernet sauvignon which I saw yesterday in the bottle shop across the road for a rather reasonable price, although about 10 dollars a bottle dearer than home, but.. life is for living and tomorrow I could die so I rather life one second a time and wine is good, we all know it true, it’s good for the soul and thinning the blood too – how amazing is that? I’ve worked so hard for this, to make my dreams come true, wish me luck for that is my greatest wish for you.

1. Compare Prices for the Best Deals

As with any other purchasing decision you make, you need to do a sufficient search of spirits importers to select the ones that offer the most competitive prices. Some dealer may even offer discounts on bulk purchases, as well as seasonal offers such as buy on get one free or a free bottle when a purchase is made exceeding a certain amount. So, it will not hurt to be on the lookout for such offers, as well as for reduced prices of wines and spirits for stock clearance purposes. You will be able to achieve this easily from your own home by simply searching online. Some of these distributors freight the products to all parts of the country at a reasonable rate and within a few business days depending on where you would like them delivered. These distributors may also take responsibility for any damages sustained during the transportation of goods and provide replacements as well. 

2. The Best Brands for Unmatched Taste

Whether you want French brandy, Russian vodka, Scotch whisky, Caribbean rum or American bourbon, it will help to know the best brands out there before you buy the beverages of your choice by the bottle. You may have tasted a few of these drinks before and be looking for the same or a similar tasting spirit. It helps to remember the brand and type of a good drink that you enjoyed if you want to save a bottle of it by buying one for yourself. American whiskey brands such as Jim Beam black cherry, Knob Creek bourbon, Westland pleated whiskey or Catoctin Creek rye whiskey are among the most prevalent in the world market if you want to taste a strong spirit from the US.

If you are looking for sloe gin, then Gordons, Plymouth, Monkey 47, Sipsmith, Haymans, McHenry Old English and Williams Chase are some of the brands you should consider.

3. A Reputed Dealer for Original Quality

In the quest to find the most affordable goods, you have to be cautious of not losing sight of what is more important; buying the real deal. There may be a few duplicate products available out there, and they will be offered at more attractive prices than the original spirits because of their inferior quality. So you need to do your research of the importers out there to find the trustworthy ones to buy your merchandise from. Several of these importers and distributors have very informative websites if your search online. The right kind of seller will provide detailed descriptions of the wines and spirits available and will also be transparent about the pricing and any ongoing offers or discounts.