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Mar 5, 2012 08:34 AM

Grocery Outlet Wine Sale 3/7-3/11 - What are you buying?

So it is here again. One of my favorite times of year.

Things I know are outstanding values BEFORE discount:
2008 Fort Ross Pinot Noir 'Symposium' IF you can find it. This wine competes with any Pinot I've had in the $35-45 range at a small fraction of the cost. I just visited Iron Horse and Fort Ross' Pinot is just as good.
Any of the $10 Atlas Peak Cab. As above
$7.99 Cosentino 'Edie Brown' Meritage (recently on WineSpies for $18)

What are your choices? IMHO, the sale is best utilized for $10+ bottles that are heavily discounted rather than getting that $2.99 Sauvignon Blanc to $2.39.

I don't know much about a lot of the French Red I'm seeing right now. San Pablo and Oakland look to have very solid selections and will probably gear up for the sale.

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  1. I bought the 2008 Fort Ross Symposium at the GO in Rohnert Park a few months ago. I've seen it at the Petaluma store in the last month.

    The Symposium is quite forward and lusher (though not jammy) than what I'd come to expect from Fort Ross. It has a bit of Pinotage blended in which gives it an inkier depth and a touch of rusticity. Tasting it, we were searching for some smoke taint but whatever earthiness we found was probably due to the Pinotage. It is a nice wine, one for drinking in the near term and ready to go.

    Grocery Outlet
    6335 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA

    Grocery Outlet
    80 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA

    1. The Petaluma GO had Renwood 2008 Sierra Foothills Barbera for $3.99 a couple of weeks ago. It is a very good value at that price. I would buy more if it is still available.

      1. Any recommendations for white wines? The place is really hit or miss, and I'd prefer someone else make the mistakes before I do.

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        1. re: snort

          Robaire in Berkeley wished he could get more of the Deep Sea Chard, 2008, selling at $3.99 before discount. Bought some haven't tasted.

          1. re: wolfe

            We found the Renwood Barbara in good quantity and it is easy. A bargain as are the Bixler wines. They must have had 20 cases of Deep Sea Chard, but did not buy it. The Raymond NZ Sauv. Blanc is crisp and dry. Good with seafood.

        2. I'm looking for a good white wine to eat with Asian food, so I picked up a bottle of the 2007 Pacific Rim Dry Riesling last night (at a GO in Portland, OR). It was rated 90 points on one site where I read a review, and the winery generally gets good marks all around. I paid $3.20 after the discount, with internet prices around $11-12.

          I won't be buying a second bottle, and don't know if I'll even be able to choke this one down. The wine leaves a huge burst of unpleasant flavors in the back of my mouth, even after letting a glass of it sit out for a couple of hours.

          The 2009 Malbec by The Flying Winemaker is inoffensive with soft tannins, deep color, and has a good fruity aroma without being sweet. It was $4 after the discount. I'll be picking up more of this to use for cooking or to have on hand for guests who find most red wines unpalatable.

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          1. re: RelishPDX

            I was tempted to try the 2007 Pacific Rim Dry Riesling. However, when I tried it in previous vintages, it did not have the dark gold color like the ones I saw at GO which may indicate being too old (or cooked) for a wine of this genre, so I passed. Now I'm glad I did. Thanks for the review.

          2. Stopped at the Rohnert Park store last night. Didn't buy it, but the Tukes Holdsworth tawny port is a good buy.

            Picked up a bottle of 2007 Villa Poggio Salvi "Caspagnolo" Chianti dei Collii Senesi DOCG to try, reg. GO price is $6.99. A good vintage and the property is owned by Biondi Santi of Brunello fame. Modern, clean style, 90% Sangiovese/10% Merlot. Delicious, not overly wooded with bright acidity, 13% alcohol. It did start to fade after open more than 2 hours, but one of the better bottles I've had from GO.