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Where do you buy wine? (PHX)

azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 10:39 AM

Particularly, which are the best places to pick up case discounts for mix/match? I haven't been very dedicated this year at buying full cases to pick up a discount, and would like to know which stores are the best in that respect. I appreciate the suggestions.

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  1. themis RE: azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 10:44 AM

    BevMo. I had to buy cases for my wedding reception a couple of months ago, and I tried, I really tried, to source from a local wine shop. I went to six. Time after time they'd tell me I was getting a sizeable discount, and I'd check that case price on the web, and it turns out they were only knocking off a portion of their markup. BevMo's prices were in line and they had 3 of the 4 wines I had my heart set on.

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      azhotdish RE: themis Jul 11, 2007 10:49 AM

      Was that for full cases of one particular wine?

      I've been on a zinfandel journey this year, and am looking for places to pick up 12-24 bottles of various labels. Safeway, for example, does a 15% discount on 6 or more.

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        themis RE: azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 10:53 AM

        For four full cases and one mixed case of two. Sorry, I wasn't thinking of sixers, I wasn't considering that a case purchase.

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          azhotdish RE: themis Jul 11, 2007 10:57 AM

          Thanks, I was thinking full cases as well, just giving a "sixer" example. If they do mixed cases, I may have to check them out when I get down that way.

        2. re: azhotdish
          winedubar RE: azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 10:53 AM

          cost plus used to do a good mixed bottle discount, it used to be 6 bottles as well, but don't quote me ;)

          there's one on 20th st and camelback. i know, i know, booze at cost plus? but they've got the best price on piper heidsieck i've ever seen. i know its champagne but a good deal is a good deal ;)

          that and the vosges chocolate bars and its a done deal for me at least ;)

          1. re: winedubar
            azhotdish RE: winedubar Jul 11, 2007 10:58 AM

            That's actually where I was planning to run at lunch, so I'll report back if they still have that discount. No idea what their selection is like either since I haven't been there in a while.

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              winedubar RE: azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 11:02 AM

              great minds think alike!!

              looking forward to your report!

      2. Firenza00 RE: azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 11:25 AM

        AZ Wine Company had a pretty good selection. I don't drink, so I haven't bought a lot from them. They recently opened an Outlet on Hayden in Scottsdale between FLW and Raintree. It's on the east side.

        AZ Wine Outlet
        15001 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

        A Z Wine Co
        2515 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

        Az Wine
        100 Easy St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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          don giovanni RE: Firenza00 Jul 11, 2007 03:35 PM

          Yes, they have an excellent selection (including some things that are really hard to find), and their staff is fairly knowledgeable. I can't say anything about discounts for cases, though. Their regular prices are reasonable.

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            azhotdish RE: don giovanni Jul 11, 2007 03:40 PM

            The person at Cost Plus mentioned this place and pointed out that they do not do case discounts. I can't say for sure whether that's accurate or not, but I thought it was strange that they would point that out.

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            azjoe RE: Firenza00 Jul 11, 2007 09:17 PM

            AZ Wine has a special 10% case discount going until Saturday, mix and match. South store only, anything off the shelf.

          3. azhotdish RE: azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 12:23 PM

            Well Cost Plus was pretty much a bust. I did pick up seven bottles, but they don't give case discounts and didn't seem very with it. I mentioned that I saw a new monthly special on their website just before coming in so they checked - sure enough, they had the promo tags and started putting them up while I was browsing. Just seemed a little unprofessional to me.

            Stopped by Fry's at 20th/Highland before heading back to the office....their selection is much better now since they redesigned the store, and they give 10% discount on six or more bottles. So of course I had to pick up six...

            I will definitely be checking out BevMo soon.

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              winedubar RE: azhotdish Jul 11, 2007 12:34 PM

              thanks for the update!!! too bad about their lapse in professionalism!!!

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                ciaogal RE: winedubar Jul 11, 2007 04:24 PM

                Sprouts offers a 10% discount on wine when you buy six or more......some times you can find a gem or two in their selection...it's worth stocking up.

                FYI Bevmo has more locations on the books..so we should see them popping up around town in the near future....Scottsdale/Shea is one of the new locations.....whoopie!!!!

            2. minnesota foodie RE: azhotdish Jul 12, 2007 06:20 PM

              Try Albertson's - they have good sales, carry a decent selection & will give a discount with six?? bottles..

              1. Bill Hunt RE: azhotdish Jul 14, 2007 11:40 AM

                So far, no one has mentioned Phoenix Wine, just north of Shea and west of Scottsdale Rd., http://www.phoenixwine.com/about/. Seventy-first Place is like a little quadrant of a circle, just off of Scottsdale Rd, above Shea. His shop is on the west side of the street, just before it curves to meet N Scottsdale.

                Tom Hamilton has a very interesting selection of wines and knows his product. I do not know if he offers a per-case discount, but already has very good prices, along the lines of Costco to start. When I buy from him, I just start filling boxes, and he rings it all up. I do not know if there is a discount on there, or not. Most of what I purchase there is just not available in most places, other than ordering it. He has also gotten in many special wines, that are not normally in his portfolio.

                I would suggest that you tell him, that I said "Hi," but then he'd probably charge you list PLUS 20%!


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                  1wino RE: Bill Hunt Jul 14, 2007 03:01 PM

                  I thought most of the grocery stories and specialty wine stores give mix-and-match case discounts; I think I recently even saw a sign at Safeway. However, with supermarkets or the other big-box places like Cost Plus, I haven't had much luck finding things I like. My Wine Cellar on Warner Road in Ahwatukee is my favorite, esp. for zinfandels. The owner, Kathleen, carries an excellent selection and offers 10 percent off by the case, mix-and-match, all the time.

                  1. re: 1wino
                    Bill Hunt RE: 1wino Jul 14, 2007 07:40 PM

                    Because of the distance from me, I have not been down there, but have heard nothing but good - sounds like a great shop.

                    If you like Zins, you might want to stop in and see Tom at Phx. Wines (see above). He knows that varietal well - used to own Zinfandel Bistro on 16th St., above Bethany Home.



                    1. re: Bill Hunt
                      azhotdish RE: Bill Hunt Jul 14, 2007 09:50 PM

                      I will definitely check it out, thanks. I'll try to avoid name-dropping, for fear of paying premiums. If he knows half as much as some of the posts I've seen you and others post on CH, I know I'm in good hands. Cheers.

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                        ciaogal RE: azhotdish Jul 15, 2007 06:54 AM

                        Pheonix wine

                        Phoenix Wine
                        10820 N 71st Pl, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

                      2. re: Bill Hunt
                        ciaogal RE: Bill Hunt Jul 15, 2007 06:53 AM

                        I second that of Phoenix Wine.....
                        My SO used to office his business in the same building as TOM and we used to have our computers serviced in the same space as Tom...we never left w/ out a great bottle of wine....
                        Tom is indeed very knowledgeable...and helpful for customers like myself who are still learning....


                  2. starlightjulian RE: azhotdish Jul 15, 2007 12:24 PM

                    I've bought good wines at Kokopelli Winery in downtown Chandler. I really like their dessert wines: Muscat Canelli, Gewurtztraminer, and Sweet Lucy. They also have a delicious Margarita wine that you must try!

                    I've tried their dinners... nothing special, and the consistently slow service has kept me from attending any more. If you do go, look for their Kobe burger entree. My aunt loves their 40 garlic chicken.

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                      don giovanni RE: starlightjulian Jul 15, 2007 03:35 PM

                      I agree the muscat is pretty good. They have a port, also, that's not bad. Haven't tried the gewurtztraminer and Sweet Lucy, so I can't comment.
                      I found their non-dessert wines pretty disappointing, with the exception of the reserve chardonnay.
                      And I must respectfully disagree about the "white wine margarita." ;)

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                        starlightjulian RE: don giovanni Jul 15, 2007 05:53 PM

                        I did not have the white wine margarita... it's greenish in color! I'd recommend the muscat and gewurtztraminer always before the green margarita wine!

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                          ggdinero RE: starlightjulian Jul 15, 2007 09:16 PM

                          The green margarita wine is the Winerita (sp)! I admit that i thought it sounded somewhat odd, but I did love it as I prefer sweet wines. And I love the Sweet Lucy. Definitely looking forward to trying the Muscat as I've heard that its highly recommended.

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                            starlightjulian RE: ggdinero Jul 16, 2007 12:50 AM

                            hi gg! seems like we share mutual tastes! you def. will want to try the muscat and the gewurtztraminer, if you haven't already. i may have to visit downtown chandler soon... perhaps give 98 south another try- i had the cheese plate for lunch, and while so rich, was delicious! i really enjoyed the drunken goat and the st. andre cheeses the best! the marketplace nearby is a fave of mine to just walk around in and have a look... closest thing downtown has to an AJ's...

                            how is 98 south's atmosphere at night compared to 56th east? while i've enjoyed the food at 56th east, i found the jazz music featured there just alright... not special enough for me to make the trek.

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                              ggdinero RE: starlightjulian Jul 16, 2007 02:41 PM

                              Just a tip, too...Sweet Lucy and the Winerita are a few dollars cheaper at Sprouts!!

                              Haven't been to either 98 South or 56 East yet! I know it has mixed reviews here on the board, but I'm always willing to give a place a chance. Drunken goat cheese? YUM!

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                                starlightjulian RE: ggdinero Jul 16, 2007 09:43 PM

                                Masarap talaga! If you like goat cheese AND ice cream/gelato, do yourself a favor and look for Laloo goatmilk ice cream. My fave flavors are Black Mission Fig, Chocolate Hazelnut, and Chocolate Cabernet... Goat's milk also has less saturated fat than cow's milk, and its proteins are easier to digest than cow's milk, so lactose-intolerant people may enjoy frozen desserts!

                                BTW, certain selections of Kokopelli Winery wines can be found at World Market, but with a little mark-up (a dollar or two). If you do decide to check out the winery itself (downtown Chandler, on Boston Ave), you will have the added benefit of partaking some food and jazz music (check online for events... usually Thu thru the weekend), but pay attention when at the registers... Dennis, co-owner, always seemed to charge extra, but he's always so nice, that I never called him on the transgressions.

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                      hollyeve RE: azhotdish Jul 15, 2007 05:58 PM

                      My favorite wine shop is Enotria at scottsdale and the 101. They have a somewhat small but well chosen selection, and they offer a 10% discount on a case.

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                        ciaogal RE: hollyeve Jul 18, 2007 06:05 AM

                        Epicurean Wine @ Scottsale Rd and T-bird is offering 'Buy 6, Save 6%, Buy 12, Save 12%, Mix and Match.....

                        Epicurean Wine
                        7101 E Thunderbird Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

                        1. re: ciaogal
                          Bill Hunt RE: ciaogal Jul 18, 2007 08:18 PM

                          Thanks for the notation. They recently underwent management change, and I have not stopped by since. I always liked that shop, and used it as my #4 "go-to" for esoteric bottles. Need to get by again.


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