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May 2, 2010 05:16 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: ernie in berkeley

      Yeah, they had those before and I got some of each, both great bargains, the Old Vine is definitely bigger and I think better - certainly worth an extra $1!

      1. re: Luber

        Thanks for the tip. I told my parents who tried a bottle and also went back for a case.

      2. 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....

        1. re: dinthebay

          I would shy away from 2003 wines from Most of France. some wines are good but most are aging terribly.

        2. re: ernie in berkeley

          Anyone know if the Renwood Zins are still available in Berkeley?

          1. re: baron45

            I saw a stack of them on Friday (5/28).

            1. re: ernie in berkeley

              Thanks. I was trying to get the Old Vine bottling, but they didn't have any. So I ended up buying a case of the Sierra Foothills Zin for $2.99 each. There is still a couple of cases left.

        3. 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"

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. Today Oakland had Swift vacu-pack pork shoulder for $2/lb - minus $2 on a fast sale. Got a couple of 2lbers. Will be good for camping, i.e., carnitas, pulled pork or chili.

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                1. re: ML8000

                  Today Oakland also those fancy Sahale nut snacks -- $1.99 for the 4-5 ounce pouches. At least four different flavors.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Oakland has 3lb Gallo dry salami logs for $8.

                    They seem fresh and are very tasty.

                    The only problem is that they are huge.

                    I'm doing a experiment and freezing half of it?

                    Supposedly you can freeze salami?