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The Best Reasons to Buy Wine by the Case

The standard case of wine contains 12 bottles and is how wines are typically sold in the United States.

The best part about buying wine by the case is what we call the “Costco Factor.” By buying in bulk, a discount often applies. Special bottle sizes are often sold in different case sizes (E.g., magnums, splits, etc.).

High-end wines are typically offered in cases of six. Many retailers throw in a 10 to 20 percent discount when you opt for a full case of wine.

Online shops may also offer free shipping for case orders as well!

What is the Costco Factor?

The term “Costco Factor” is often used when referring to the discount that applies when buying wine by the case.

Many retailers offer anywhere from a ten to twenty percent discount when purchasing wine in bulk. This factor can be especially beneficial if you’re looking for high-end wines that are typically sold in cases of six bottles.

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How Many Bottles Are in a Case of Wine?

A standard case in the US contains 12 bottles (750 ml each) of wine; a total of nine liters.

Wine is typically sold by a full or half-case, though some retailers offer certain bottle sizes only as a single purchase.

Special Bottle Sizes Are Often Sold In Different Case Sizes:

High-end wines are often offered in cases of six bottles instead of twelve for most other wines on retail shelves that come from lesser regions and vineyards around the world.

Many stores throw in a discount when you opt for buying wine by the case, including online shops with free shipping if you’re spending over $50 dollars per order. Yay!

How Many Bottles Are in a Case of Champagne?

Similar to wine bottle cases, a case of Champagne also contains 12 bottles (750 ml each) of champagne; a total of nine liters. However, some stores may sell a magnum or split instead of a full case.

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Making a Stellar Mixed Wine Case

When selecting wines for a mix-case, try aiming for variety instead of sticking within one type or flavor profile. Not only is this more fun, but you’ll also have something to drink no matter what mood you’re in.

Opt for several varieties of red wine, white wine, and Rosé. It’s best to have at least one wine from each major grape variety represented.

For example, you might want a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, or Riesling among your whites; Merlot, Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon in the reds; and Cinsault/Grenache/Sangiovese among your Rosés.

The cost of this case is usually cheaper than buying three bottles individually because it saves on packaging costs as well as shipping fees (and time).

The savings can be significant; how much depends on wine bottle size and how many wines are included in the mix-case as well as which stores you use. Always check with retailers before buying to see if they have any discounts on mix-cases.

When it comes time for a dinner party or get-together, you’ll be the life of the event with this diverse wine selection in hand.

Not sure how to pair them? No problem! We’ve got that covered too. Check out our blog post “The Best Wine with Pasta” or “Perfectly Paired: Wine with Ham” for pairing ideas that will have your guests raving.

The next time you’re looking to buy wine in large format bottles, consider picking up a case (or two) instead of just one or two bottles. You’ll save money and have some amazing wines to enjoy no matter what the occasion.

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