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Sep 4, 2013 07:56 PM

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.

    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.