I Dunno folks,,,
but untill i went to brittany to visit relations in holiday spot last month i really had nooo idea about just HOW MUCH we're being ripped off here for bog standard stuff,, I mean yeah I knewww we were being done ok, but by how much!?..was amazed,,,really,,, Iv'e been a keen wine drinker for a goood few years now, have read quite a bit on the whole subject, grapes, regions, fine wines, sweet wines, bla bla...and make a point of always checking wine shops out where ever i am.
in the large "Supermarche" supermarkets in brittany was amazed at how cheap so called "good value for money" wines here are over there - ok you know the decent cotes de rhone, or cremant d'alsace or sparklers from burgundy?, they were all from decent producers, and all for E5.00 or less!....went to a "Cave" wine outlet, and again a Magnum size Bordeux from a decent chateu over there with 20 years ageing potential was around E65 , i just knew that was gonna be around E120 over here.
Sooooo,,,to the OP...I reallly think your best bet is to get a transit go over and load up!!,,theres loads of excellent wines to be got in these places and i found i just didnt want to know about the usual chotes du rhone for E12.00 or whatever, and just wollowed in the quality and price of it all....deffo heading there in October and will fill the bandmates van with nice stuff,,,just think - E100 i can near get 20 bottles of decent sparkling wine from burgundy or Alsace now THATS what Im talking about!....
Oh and just for good measure....you know the good ol' Moet and Chandon Champers usually retails at E40.00 or there abouts?....seen Magnum sizes of it on display in the Supermarchet for E51 each!
next thing Ive to figure out, is just how do I get to Italy and do a raid there hahah