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Best Under $20 Sparkling Wine and Sauvignon Blanc For Oyster Picnic

Six of us going to Hog Island Monday for birthday oyster picnic & BBQ. We're bringing Diavola sausages & corn to grill, fresh tomatoes- bruschetta, a couple of cheeses ( suggestions?) maybe some garlic bread ( inspired the the awesome version from Anchor Oyster Bar in SF) PLUS a cake from Momofuko Milk Bar( yes, the cost to ship it IS more than the cake). My conundrum is that I want to bring 5-6 bottles of sparkling wine plusSauvignon Blanc without breaking the bank. Suggestions?

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  1. I just hosted a blind prosecco tasting last month. The winner was montechiara, at only $10 a bottle. http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku...

    1. Odd Lots in Albany has a couple of quite good Touraines, both for under $10. An excellent match for oysters.

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      1. re: michaelw

        This would be my first choice, too. He usually has a decent cremant in the $17 range, too.

      2. The $8 Sauvignon Republic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at Trader Joe's is delicious. I think you'd have to spend $12 or more to equal it.

        1. Jaume Serra Cristallino, a lovely brut cava - sold at Lucca deli and also BevMo. Apple-y, crisp and dry. I want to say it's under $10.00...

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          1. re: mariacarmen

            I've seen it at Safeway in about the $6-7 dollar range. Really like their brut rose'.

            1. re: c oliver

              +1 for the Jaume Serra Cristallino at Safeway. Great price for a very good sparkling wine.

              1. re: Tripeler

                What's REALLY good is when they have everything 30% off plus an additional 10% for a case. We loaded up :)

                1. re: c oliver

                  It's always 10% off for six or more bottles at Safeway, the 30% off tends to happen around the holidays.

                  If your local Safeway has a well stocked wine department, they are a pretty good place to get everyday wines at good prices.

                  1. re: pamf

                    Bob, my frugal Scotsman, will never buy two bottles and not round up to six :)

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Hmmm, a Scotsman who likes Cava -- is that unusual?

                      1. re: Tripeler

                        Well, if you consider that his favorite city in the world is Barcelona....

          2. IMPORTANT! I forgot to mention 2 people are James Beard nominated RESTAURANTEURS-- and one oft their restaurants is a WINE BAR.

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              1. re: DHHunter

                BevMo has Vanel Sauvignon Blanc on their ongoing 5-cent sale, so it's $5 a bottle if you buy two.

                1. re: DHHunter

                  I think industry people on a day off are happy with tasty and unpretentious, so I wouldn't worry about that too much.

                2. The Cheverny blanc from Domaine du Salvard (at Kermit Lynch in Berkeley) is great and reasonably priced. The Reuilly is also great but at a higher price point.

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                  1. I work in SF and live in Sonoma Co. I thinking I need to shop at BevMo

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                    1. re: DHHunter

                      Or try Bottle Barn or Olivers in Santa Rosa? More interesting selections.

                    2. Sometimes, if you are lucky, BevMo has Honig Sauvignon Blanc for sale in the 5 cent sale. wine tastes are so particular, that i am hesistant to recommend wines, but the Honig Sauvingon blanc is one of my faves and can mysteriously transform itself for any palalte. i have freinds that hate Sauvignon Blanc but think this is a great bottle of wine. i have friends that love Sauvignon Blanc, but can't figure out what this one is. It is somewhat buttery and has a definite mineral finish, but is not cloying at all like chardonnay's, and not overly citrusy as some sauvignon's tend to be. It is usually right around 15-20 bucks depending on where you buy it. it has a little bee on the label.
                      it goes great with oysters.
                      Your picnic sounds like fun and the weather should be fantastic! enjoy beautiful tomales bay and blow it a kiss for me.

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                      1. re: jupiter

                        Seriously... It always comes down to good friends sharing good times.

                      2. Really enjoyed the Rotari Rose Brut at K&L for $10, fine bubbles, long finish, not too dry for me. A perfect summer sparkler for a picnic.

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                        1. re: rubadubgdub

                          K&L is hard to beat for high quality at low price. The SF branch is on 4th between Brannan and Townsend (corner of Bluxome). Watch out for Giants home-game traffic.

                          "Not too dry" might not be the best match for raw oysters. Personally I'd lean more toward the other end of the scale.

                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                            To clarify: K&L says very dry finish but it didn't taste that way to me.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              The SF K&L also has the Reuilly that Kermit imports for a good price:


                              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                Oh geeze, didn't realize there was an SF branch! Yay!

                            2. Thank you for the grat suggestions! ( and confidence!)