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Bev Mo 5cent sale. Any recs?

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Those of us who live in their advertising area are aware of the BevMo Sale. I was wondering if any Chowhounds shopped here and had any favorites.

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  1. A few weeks ago they had the 2004 Arrowood Spcial Reserve at $49.95 + another one for 5 cents. Good wine but did not live up to the 95 points from RMP. They may still have some.

    1. didn't see one item that imho was any real bargain.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        rarely are, in my experience . . .

      2. Not part of the 5 cent sale but while searching for a bottle of wine that I enjoy drinking, I was directed to BevMo through wine-searcher. It's a pretty decent 2004 bordeaux at 20% below KL's price (which hasn't stocked this wine for 1-2 years now). Does anyone know how reliable BevMo bottles are? I remember walking into a BevMo in Mountain View where it must have been at least 80 degrees.

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        1. re: Porthos

          Hard to say. I have never gotten a bad bottle from BevMo, but the larger stores in the San Jose area can get warm.

          1. re: budnball

            BevMo is generally fine with things like CURRENT inventory -- i.e.: wines of the current vintage. I am wary of buying anything there that has any age to it.

            SOME of the old Liquor Barn stores *did* have some temperature-controlled storage, but most of the 104 stores did not. A handful of BevMo stores (BevMo is run by many of the same people who ran Liquor Barn) are in former Liquor Barns, but I don't recall which of those stores (if any) have temperature-controlled storage.

            1. re: zin1953

              I took the gamble and bought the remaining 5 bottles of 2004 Pichon Baron at $47.99. Either I got a great deal or I'll be making the best coq au vin and braised beef short ribs around.

              1. re: Porthos

                Received the 5 bottles today via UPS next day delivery. 2 of the bottles have obvious signs of seepage with streaks of wine staining the label. Will try to return the two damaged bottles to my nearest BevMo. However, does not bode well for the other 3.

        2. May be a sign that California wineries have their inventories under better control, but I see only some Schug and Eberle listed that would be of interest, beside the Arrowood 4wino mentioned. I've had good experiences with Schug and Eberle in the past, though I have no specifics on the ones listed. The values look good based on what little there was to compare on line.