Grocery Outlet May 2010
Both Oakland and Berkeley have Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (24 oz) for $1.49. Very tasty, a hearty brew at 6.8% but not overloaded with malt or hops, nicely balanced.
President Camembert also $1.49 (8 oz) is very good, as is the Alouette Brie ($2.99 for 13.2 oz).
Oakland had 1 gal of Naked OJ for $5.
Berkeley: big stack of 2005 Renwood zinfandel (Sierra foothills), standard bottling at $2.98 and "old vines" at $3.98. The standard bottling has 13.5% ABV, with the old vines coming in at 15%. I popped a standard last night and it's good enough that I went back for a case today--bright fruit without the jamminess you sometimes get. There was also a Cotes de Brouilly at a good price, but I forgot to get some.
re: ernie in berkeley
Glad to hear the Renwood is good, I haven't opened my bottle yet (Old Vine). I picked up the $4.99 Cote de Brouilly La Montagne Bleue 2003 (Mommessin), and I was excited to try it, but the cork practically turned to sawdust and I couldn't open the bottle! I'm on my way to get a refund/exchange in a few minutes, actually.-- not sure if I should risk getting another unopenable bottle....
Last week I bought the Vega Montán Mencía Roble, 2005 Bodegas Adrià at Redwood City for about $6. I opened it for some friends and can recommend it.
Gerry Dawes review, "Vega Montán Mencía Roble, 2005 Bodegas Adrià (14%) - $16: Spicy, sweet fruit, slate-like minerals and new oak in the nose. Nice entry with sweet ripe fruit and haunting soil flavors. Well balanced, so it tastes lighter than its 14%, but it is a bit over-oaked. Air, food and decanting improve the mix considerably. Good value. (Importer: Marble Hill Cellars) Score: 88"
I have been buying the Cryo-Freeze Tuna Steaks , 2 /pkg for $2.99 and they are excellent. Nothing new or exciting in Pleasant Hill.
At a store outside the Bay Area, I bought
Sunmaid raisin English muffins, 99¢
Wolfgang Puck thin crust uncured pepperoni frozen pizza, $2.99
Organic blue agave syrup, $2.49
Oscar Meyer center cut thick bacon, 12 oz, $2.49
I noticed that the Hormel natural deli meats -- ham and turkey -- without nitrate/nitrites are back.
Sorry, tried to upload some promising wine candidate shots, but they're not rendering and the software ate my text.