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bitterbad

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Give me your used bottles! I live in the fremont area. Any sizes will do, any shape, any color, but if you have those short 375ml ones I'd especially love those. I don't have a car but I can come and pick up what I can and haul it back on the bus. Don't worry about cleaning them. I'll even pay for them if you want, a dollar per bottle.
 

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you can always ask your freinds to save or visit local recycling center if you have one in addition to local wineries
 

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My first big haul of used wine bottles was from a white-linen restaurant on one of their wine dinner nights. Must've gone home with 5 or 6 cases of bottles (750ml Bordeaux style). Other suggestions: Check craigslist and FB marketplace. I scored about 19 cases from a guy who was getting out of wine making and was giving them away. New bottles cost between $12 and $20 a case. Not the best. But then again, you don't have to scrub labels and deal with the moldy remnants of what used to be in an old bottle.
 

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I go to a local winery at the end of a weekend day, and leave with a minimum of 2 cases of bottles. I wash with blue Dawn and a bottle brush, then soak in OxyClean in hot water to cleanse and help remove labels. Rinse thoroughly, quick blast with StarSan and let them dry. I store upside down with a paper towel rubberbanded over the top of the bottle. I've saved a fortune - almost feel guilty for getting them for free, but enjoy keeping them out of a landfill.
 

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Asked a winery, a recycling center, a few restaurants, two breweries, none had any, and eventually the meadery I asked had some for me. Phew.
 

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I go to a local winery at the end of a weekend day, and leave with a minimum of 2 cases of bottles. I wash with blue Dawn and a bottle brush, then soak in OxyClean in hot water to cleanse and help remove labels. Rinse thoroughly, quick blast with StarSan and let them dry. I store upside down with a paper towel rubberbanded over the top of the bottle. I've saved a fortune - almost feel guilty for getting them for free, but enjoy keeping them out of a landfill.
When I lived in a city there were fine restaurants on every corner. I would go out on a recycling night and pick up dozens of bottles with every trip. It got to the point where I would only take only the style bottle that I preferred.
 

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Asked a winery, a recycling center, a few restaurants, two breweries, none had any, and eventually the meadery I asked had some for me. Phew.
Asking once is an introduction, not a friendship. Go back and ask again.

Helps to take a bottle or two of your wine. Make a deal with the chef. They're easy to talk to and usually the person most likely to understand your wine.
 

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