Leaves aren’t the only things that fall in autumn. As retailers clean out old inventory and make room for the upcoming holiday season and new year, there are plenty of bargains to be found.
Shop for the right items, and you’ll see prices drop just as fast as — if not quicker than — the foliage outside. Here’s our guide to what’s best to buy in September, October and November.
When to Buy: September
Why: “Fall is always when the new bottles from last year’s harvest show up on shelves,” says Natalie MacLean, editor of Nat Decants, a wine education site. The crush of vineyards clamoring for your attention keeps prices low.
The exception: high-demand, low-supply “cult wines” like Burgundies and California Cabernets. You won’t find low prices on these, says MacLean — but September is your best shot to snag these hard-to-find bottles.