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Grocery Outlet 20% off Wine Starting Nov 9 - Opinions?

Hi all,

FIrst post. Wondering if people have had any great stuff lately, made better by the additional 20% that is biannual. Only good wines I've had recently were some of the Normal Vineyards reds - cab reserve and petite syrah. Marked at $3.99...

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  1. The great stuff disappears quickly as word gets around. Having a 20%-off sale seems like a promotional gimmick, I believe they regularly mark down wines that don't move.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Most GO's don't do that, and if they do, it takes a LONG time, like 12 months+. I've monitored a lot of GO stores since I moved to the Bay 3 years ago and price drops are pretty non-existent. However, each store seems to set their prices, though prices are largely equal between stores. I emailed corporate about price disparities that I noticed and (surprise!) never received a response.

      30% off at Safeway is a promotional gimmick. I didn't see anything that was priced lower than their better sale periods when they just don't market discounts via percentages. Retailers love screwing with pricing - look at department stores. Buy One, Get One Free one week, 50% off the next.

      1. re: runner0382

        GO's are independently owned and operated, so prices disparities is normal between one from the other.

    2. There are a lot of great wines there right now at San Pablo and Oakland.. Really. I will give up some. .. Like at San Pablo a gorgeous Bordeaux Blanc Pesac Legonan for 9.99 and only 8 buck with sale.,, more.. the Domaine Chandon Rose.. , the Duboeuf Morgon and some others..
      For Oakland, well they just got in a bunch of basic Bordeaux and I had a red that was 5.99 (now 20% less) and it was lightish but very very good and a nice food wine.. There are tons of different things there right now.. and I buy wine there all the time.. they do not mark down further..
      There are some other very nice wines at Oakland as well but I want to go back and buy a bunch, so you will have to guess which ones.

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      1. re: jason carey

        Oh BTW I just bought 22 bottles of wine and a bunch of food for 118 dollars.. so you can see that is a good deal including some really good stuff..like a half bottle of Renaissance 1992 Riesling and the afore mentioned wines..

        1. re: jason carey

          Keep your receipt. I returned my bottles of that Riesling and the Chandon Rose.

          The 20 % sale is a regular event that happens twice a year, in April & November.
          The best strategy is to go first thing on the first day and look for your local wine person.
          Berkeley's got a great guy who knows his stuff and Oakland's new guy is very nice.

          BTW, Oakland seems to have a special relationship with a German distributor and I find hidden treasures of that ilk there all the time.

          1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

            I like the Chandon Rose.. one has to know what they are getting into when they buy an older bottle of Rose.. even though it is much fresher under screwcap than it would have been.. but I have been buying it since they had a bunc in the spring and I love it for its slightly aged nuttiness.. I also like the Riesling.. hey its 19 years old in a half bottle..so what were you expecting?

      2. Berkeley's Robaire is quite high on the Medlock Ames 2005 Cab(15.99 before discount). Bought one for Thanksgiving. In keeping with my frugal(cheap) nature if Robaire is wrong I have a Charles Shaw Merlot(Tuesday).

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        1. re: wolfe

          Yes, he is. I have tasted it. Finished with too much smoke for me, but a well made wine and absolutely worth trying. I think the 05 Atlas Peak will be more up my alley.

          1. re: runner0382

            Thank you. I will serve the Medlock and consign the 2 Buck Chuck to the preparation of a Torta di Sant'Antonio à la Oulx

        2. 2005 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Spatlese (Mosel), $9 - spoiled labels, some signs of poor storage.
          2008 Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris Reserve, 375 ml $5
          2005 Chateau La Louviere Pessac-Leognan (Graves) Blanc, $9 - This one is a stunner. Screw cap. Bought it last week to try and went back to get more at sale discount. Will post tasting note when I land again.
          http://www.thewinedoctor.com/bordeaux...
          2008 Pierre Gaillaird "Les Gendrines" Cotes du Rhone blanc, $9 - didn't buy, kinda sorry now.
          http://www.oldbridgewine.co.uk/produc...

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Melanie- I agree with you on the Louviere Blanc. I bought it a few months ago at Redwood City, but didn't see any when I was there on Wednesday. Which GO did you find it at?

            1. re: maxmanx

              Not in the Bay Area, purchased at the two stores in Monterey County - Salinas and Marina.

            2. re: Melanie Wong

              I love the La Louviere.. Where did you get the Kesselstat?

              1. re: jason carey

                Kesselstatt was purchased in Marina, near Monterey.

                FYI, yesterday I saw two cases of La Louviere blanc at the Petaluma store. Not 20% off any longer, but still an incredible buy.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  There were 4 cases or so of the Louviere blanc at the Berkeley store on Friday, marked down to $9.99 from the previous 18.99 or so.

            3. Does anyone have an opinion on the $19.99 Grand Reserve Cuvee Chopin Brut Champagne?

              There's a lot of sparkling wine at San Pablo and Pinole. Of them Gato Negro was the best at $2.99. With the discount that would be about $2.40 give or take a cent or two.

              The Nov thread I hae the sparklers I've seen and whether I liked them. Some were ok, but the Gato Negro was the only one I'd buy again.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816024

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              1. re: rworange

                Just came back from Grocery Outlet Oakland, in search of good sparkling wine (champagne), and prompted by rworange (thanks Krys!), I got four 750 mL bottles of Gato Negro Brut (charmat method), product of Argentina. Haven't opened it yet, but looking forward to some affordable bubbly. The price was $3.99 (with tax it's $4.34 / bottle). The 20% off promotion is no more. Here's a link to more info, including a picture of the bottle:

                http://mendoza.uvinum.com/gato-negro-...

              2. Check your receipts before you leave. The checker in Berkeley yesterday didn't apply the discount to two of us in line, and we had to wait around to get the refund.

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                1. re: ernie in berkeley

                  Stopped at the RWC store and it was crowded with folks buying wines by the case. I ended up buying 2 cases of assorted wines. Many were the recommended "Sam's Picks."

                  1/3 of my wine consisted of this Zin for $3.99 (pre-20% discount) since this guy gave a good review and the wine was so inexpensive:

                  http://grossoutwine.wordpress.com/201...

                  I also bought:

                  05 Atlas Peak Cab $9.99
                  07 Lalande de Pomerol $9.99
                  08 Ritual Syrah (Solano County) $3.99
                  06 Crinella Sauv. Blanc RRV $2.99
                  09 Norman Pinot Grigio (Santa Barbara) $3.99
                  07 Grebernikoff Vineyards "Fire Engine Red" (Merlot) $2.99
                  NV Cosentino Ol' Red $3.99
                  07 Cameron Hughes "Evergreen Series" Chardonnay (Carneros) $3.99
                  09 Turrevieja Chardonnay (Argentina) $1.99
                  09 CA Rabbit "Hopping White" $1.99

                  1. re: baron45

                    My case purhases: Crinella Sauv Blanc ( also at Big Lots, same price before discount -91 pts WS editor's pick if you care) and 08 Kunde Viognier at $60 before discount. Stellar!!!

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                    3333 Mission St, San Francisco, CA