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inexpensive wine near Somerville, Massachusetts (or Cambridge)? [moved from Wine]

I've been given a list of wines to purchase for an event. They're mid-level -- Woodbridge, Yellowtail, etc. Where's the cheapest store in the 'hood? Everyone I know goes to Kappy's in Wellington Circle, but I have no idea whether its reputation as cheap is justified. I've driven past another large liquor store on Mystic Valley Parkway. How is that? And then a friend buys his wines at the liquor store next to Whole Foods by the Fresh Pond Rotary, which just occurred to me. Maybe that's where I should go. Thanks for your input.

CHOW moderators: As I wrote this, it occurred to me that it should probably be on the greater Boston list, but I don't know how to move it. Sorry, and thanks.

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  1. If you need to buy in bulk, I would suggest taking a trip to one of the NH stores (I think you can check prices online)

    I like the Trader Joe's on Memorial for well-priced wine but they may not carry exactly what you are looking for.

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    Trader Joe's
    1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

    1. I like shopping at Kappy's, and Sav Mor, but the best prices I've found are at Fresh Pond liquors, in the rotary.

      Trader Joe's is another good rec, but if you have specific wines to get, you might not be able to find them there.

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      Trader Joe's
      1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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      1. re: yumyum

        Not "in the rotary", as there are two places there: Sav-Mor on the old Kappy's side, near Trader Joe's, and Fresh Pond next to Whole Foods. You're recommending the one next to Whole Foods.

        It is indeed a great store.

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        Trader Joe's
        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

        1. re: Fly

          Right right -- I mean the one next to the Whole Foods mother ship. Thanks for the clarification.

          1. re: yumyum

            "Mall Discount Liquors" - also has a nice upscale beer selection and reasonable prices on hard liquor.

            Actually, just saw the post below... I guess they changed their name when they expanded.

            1. re: yumyum

              That's the place. BIg selection, lots of stuff on special, helpful staff.

        2. Spot next to Whole Foods Fresh Pond is Cambridge Wine and Spirits. Great prices and very helpful staff. PS...Yellowtail is not mid-level and you can find it anywhere and it will always be about the same price.

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          1. re: westside1izzy

            I'm sure you're right about the mid-level-ness. Just goes to show what plonk I usually drink!

          2. Atlas Liquors in Medford (and 2 other locations) has excellent prices across the board. Better than Kappy's and the rest (although you will find exceptions here and there), although you'll find more obscure stuff in the better stores.

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            1. re: yarm

              Second Atlas Liquors. They're helpful too.

            2. I find that Kappy's Wellington Circle is generally cheaper than most other places. It's definitely cheaper than the store next to Whole Foods at Fresh Pond (although they do have pretty good sale prices.) You are probably not going to find a place where every single brand you buy is going to be cheapest, but I think at Kappy's you will generally come out at the low end.