Grocery Outlet - Orange Cadbury eggs & 50 cent wine & beer sale
If you are a fan of Cadbury eggs, these are the basic creme egg with orange flavoring ... good with chocolate. It is a size between the mini-egg and the regular creme egg. Like the regular size egg, it has the center dyed yellow like a yolk. Thumbs up in terms of Cadbury eggs - 3 for $1.
Half-bottles (375 ml) of Braidenwood chardonay and white zin are available for 50 cents.
Baltika Russian Beer is also 50 cents for 16.9 fl oz. Available types: unfiltered wheat beer, unfiltered wheat ale, dark lager and classic lager. (5-6% alcohol) Bottled in St. Petersburg, Russia
In the upscale wine ... Capay Valley 2000 Syrah is on sale for $3.99. The sign said the usual retail price is $15
In the down and dirty cheap booze category 16 oz cans of 3 Sum flavored Malt Liquor (tropical, apple & watermelon) are available fo 25 cents. Usually sell for $1.99. Playboy wasn't thrilled with it saying "We think the flavors are too one-dimensional, the colors horrifying and the concept a bit ridiculous." It is sort of a Red Bull drink with booze ... health booze, so to speak with caffeine, ginseng and taurine.
It seems to be 2 for $1 week at Grocery Outlet. Lots of stuff in that price range ... fresh tomatoes (50 lb), Pilot crackers (regular box for 50 cents), and well, lots of stuff this week. Canned veggies are running 2 for 88 cents.
The Braidnwood wine isn't bad for the lower price level of wines. Much ... much ... much better than 2 buck Chuck and less expensive. Better than Franzia, Almaden, etc.
They are inoffensive. The zin is a pretty pink, on the sweet side and does have a touch of strawberry to it. The chardonnay is ok, just starting to get some butterscotch notes which I understand means starting to go over the hill.
But they are both pleasant and don't have the offensive tastes that most bottom of the barrel, so to speak, wines have. There is NO grassy flavor to the chardonnay which makes most cheap whites undrinkable to me.
You know, you're paying 50 cents. Drinkable and good for cooking, IMO. I guess this is a wine that was house wine made for Food Lion.
Actually this review of the cab applies to the white zin and chard
" ... shallow but certainly drinkable ,.. and frankly you can do a lot worse"
I'm a HUGE fan of the Capay Valley Syrah. It just needs a day (yes, a whole DAY) to breathe. Here's my post from a few months ago:
As for the Baltika....best 2/$1 deal ever!! When I noticed this deal a few weeks ago, it actually warranted an in-store emergency cell phone call to the SO. Don't worry about the "best before" date. It's Russian beer, for god's sake. Hello, bomb shelter.
maybe they drove it here:
>The rest of the gang made off in a grey Subaru Impreza.
>One of the suspects is described as white, aged between
>25 and 30, about 5ft 10in tall and with short hair.
i thought i saw a white dood matching that description
at lanesplitter pizza near berkeley grocery outlet yesterday.
Maybe 'straw' would be a better word. To me that cheap white wine taste is like someone filled a glass with hay and poured the wine in it to steep. It is not a note, but a strong flavor. Anyway these 50 cent bottles do NOT have that flavor which is a good thing to me.
I tried the Baltika dark lager (No 4) today. This review is pretty dead on and I would guess the evaluation of the other bottles would be the same ...
"dense, dark amber brew sporting a weak head. The flavor balance is toward the sweet side, with a big malty character matched to a big body and culminating in a clean, dry finish."
Very molasses-sweet/malty to me. And no kidding about dense and dark. The exact color of a brown beer bottle, but not as see-through. The head is gone instantly with only a whisper of foam here and there.
This link as a brief description of all the beers by number, but I disagree with the evaluation of the no 4, so who knows how reliable the rest are.
Anyway there are a bunch of reviews out there. Kind of amuses that the GO price of 50 cents is the exact same price as in Russia ... 13 rubles.
Ooops ... just noticed the bottles are freshness-dated ... my bottle says 'best before 12-10-05" Even worse, the other bottle says 15-10-05, so I'm guessing October 15, 2005. Oh well.
Blush ... so I bought a can of 3 sum. Sort of like all those Arbor Mist type of drinks, only fizzy. The tropical is the same bright blue as the color on the can ... think smurfs. It has a strong passionfruit taste. Not bad for this category of booze. Not much of an apparant buzz, but 6 % alcohol. Probably wouldn't buy it again, but I'm not into buying Arbor Mist ... anymore. I have no shame.
I was at the Broadway (Oakland) location today and was tempted to try that Russian beer until I saw "best before 15-10-05" so I passed. They also had some beer from Maryland that was 3 for $1.00.
Instead, I bought a 2003 Starvedog Lane (Australian) Shiraz for $2.99. Didn't see any of the Capay Valley Syrahs for $3.99 in stock.