Grocery Outlet 20% off Wine Starting Nov 9 - Opinions?
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...
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:
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
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.
1650 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94559
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:
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.
2008 Pierre Gaillaird "Les Gendrines" Cotes du Rhone blanc, $9 - didn't buy, kinda sorry now.
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.
re: jason carey
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.
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?
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.