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ns1 Dec 27, 2013 10:12 AM

Well with NYE coming up, where can I get VC for cheap? Is $240/6 ($40/ea) from local supermarkets as good as it gets?

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    TombstoneShadow Dec 27, 2013 10:15 AM

    Check wine searcher...
    http://www.wine-searcher.com

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      flowergirl Dec 27, 2013 10:20 AM

      Costco usually has great pricing on Veuve

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        Servorg Dec 27, 2013 10:34 AM

        That's an excellent suggestion. I saw individual bottles priced at at few cents less than $41 dollars a bottle at Total Wine in Northridge (they also have a South Bay store too depending on where the OP lives).

      2. J.L. Dec 27, 2013 10:33 AM

        If you have a Ralphs Rewards card, you can buy 6 bottles at Ralphs and get 30% off the booze. Gotta buy 6, though.

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          westsidegal Dec 27, 2013 11:02 AM

          to take advantage of the Ralph's deal, it should be noted that you don't need to buy six of the same item.
          you can get the 30% off if you buy an assortment of six of most any of their 750ml bottles.
          with very few exceptions, they will apply the discount even if some of the bottles are for spirits and others are for very cheap wines.
          can't remember the exact number, but a couple of weeks ago i was able to get a terrific deal from them on johnny walker black using this approach. they had a "sale" price on the JWB to start with and then taking 30% off of the sale price brought my total price down to the lowest in town.
          it pays to watch for their "sales" because the sale price is only the first discount.

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            TonyC Dec 27, 2013 11:52 AM

            that's brilliant. never thought of that. now to find something to drink from Ralphs...

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              Thor123 Dec 27, 2013 06:05 PM

              Actually, a good friend of mine who owns a rum and tequila production company, told me that Ralph's was by far the best buy on booze and that they stock some high end spirits behind locked s careens.

              1. re: TonyC
                westsidegal Dec 28, 2013 11:06 AM

                keep in mind, all the ralph's don't carry the same selection.
                in my neighborhood, the ralphs on lincoln near maxella has a much larger selection than the little ralph's near my home.

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            TailbackU Dec 27, 2013 11:37 AM

            Yes that's the best you're going to get. Even Costco sells them for more.

            for others mentioning the 30% off if you buy 6 price, the $240/6 price includes the 30% discount.

            1. Porthos Dec 27, 2013 01:01 PM

              That's a good price for Veuve. Toss in a couple of Piper Heidsieck ($29.99 at Bevmo) or Bilecart Salmon if you can find it. I prefer them both to Veuve yellow label (paying more for the name than quality). Champagne tasting!

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                foodiemahoodie Dec 28, 2013 12:26 AM

                Piper Heidsieck Brut at LA Wine Co is $25.95.

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                  VenusCafe Dec 28, 2013 04:39 AM

                  I agree regarding the entry level quality of Veuve Clicquot.

                  Another GREAT choice is Toque de Clochers, Cremant Limoux. Rated 91.

                  Now, with the 5 cent sale at BevMo, two go for
                  a mere $19.95. This is an excellent champs; very close in
                  quality to the better Veuve.

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                    foodiemahoodie Dec 29, 2013 11:15 PM

                    Rated by 91 Wilfred Wong? Really? He's a BevMo "hired tongue".

                    I assume you've tried and recommend it? (I don't trust WW).

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                      VenusCafe Jan 3, 2014 05:26 AM

                      Yes, I've mave made Toque et Clochers my go to champs for the last 3 years. Clean, tasty and with a wide window.

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                    jdwdeville Dec 28, 2013 10:05 AM

                    Porthos- I totally agree with you on the Billecart. Their Brut Reserve blows Veuve away for a similar price. Both Wally's and Wine House carry it...

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                      Porthos Dec 28, 2013 12:30 PM

                      I'd add Bollinger ($50-55) but it is bit more than Billecart Salmon and Veuve. Not by much but may be enough to influence buying.

                      Taittinger Brut "La Francaise" is $39.99 at K&L and I also like that better than Veuve yellow label.

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                        jdwdeville Dec 28, 2013 01:09 PM

                        At that $50 price point I'm partial to Pierre Peters Blanc de Blanc…
                        Also a damn fine deal may be had with the Rosé from J. Lassale.

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                          Servorg Dec 28, 2013 01:16 PM

                          I only buy Prosecco these days. The prices are great and I like the taste better than almost any champagne I've had, from the relatively inexpensive right on up.

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                            mc michael Dec 28, 2013 03:46 PM

                            Costco and Cost Plus usually have low prices on LaMarca. It's good.

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                              Servorg Dec 28, 2013 03:59 PM

                              Thanks for the pointer, Mick - I'll look for it my next Costco excursion.

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                                mc michael Dec 29, 2013 02:10 PM

                                Cheers!

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                            Porthos Dec 28, 2013 01:36 PM

                            You're spot on. Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs would also be my top choice in the $45-$50 range. A little harder to find. I was coming up with ones that ns1 could find at Ralph's to take advantage of the discount. Excellent excellent champagne and hard to beat at that price point. I try to always have a couple on hand. Available at Wine Club in LA for $45.99.

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                      latindancer Dec 27, 2013 04:39 PM

                      I've been purchasing it for $41/bottle at Pavilions for the last few weeks…
                      I don't find Costco to be at all competitive in pricing when it comes to liquor.

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                        ns1 Dec 27, 2013 04:42 PM

                        No cheaper place for 1.75L bottles (ie grey goose, cazadores). Very good prices on some wine.

                        Decent pricing on beer (you can find cheaper elsewhere if on sale but still fairly competitive, esp for 24/30 pack cans)

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                          carter Dec 28, 2013 11:08 AM

                          In fact, I just returned from Costco to purchase a 1.75L bottle of Ciroc, Peach flavor, for $38.95.
                          And in fact, the Kirkland brand of vodka is actually made by Grey Goose, and its 1.75L price is less than $30 if I recall.
                          I don't find the Costco selection of wine very good, nor the prices. Ralphs is no better, and WFM is a joke.
                          Topline is still my go-to wine shop for everything from high to low end. Vodka prices not quite as competitive, due to nearby proximity of Mission Wine & Spirits, which is also a very good place to shop, especially for vodka, champagne & cognac, due in part to heavy patronage from the Armenian community.

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                            ns1 Dec 28, 2013 11:45 AM

                            We are obviously looking for different things. No lower price for Beringer white Zinfandel (as low as $15/6) or chateau ste Michelle (<$5 ea). A while back they had mondavi private reserve for $20 less than street. Champagne pricing always reasonable, beating most but not all.

                            I'm not a wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination so my selection criteria may differ. YMMY and not all costcos are created equal.

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                              foodiemahoodie Dec 28, 2013 11:57 AM

                              I always shy away from street-sourced Mondavi Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - that shit is usually cut with cherry-flavored cough syrup.

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                                carter Dec 28, 2013 04:06 PM

                                Beringer White Zinfandel?
                                oy & vey!
                                Didn't know anyone still made that stuff.

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                                  ns1 Dec 28, 2013 04:19 PM

                                  Pairs great with McD Dollar Menu

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                                    Kalivs Jan 2, 2014 01:23 PM

                                    Funny

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                                      ns1 Jan 2, 2014 01:25 PM

                                      Can't drink Dom while eating caviar every day!

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                                Jack Flash Dec 29, 2013 10:01 AM

                                Just an FYI, not all Costcos are stocked the same in terms of wine. As a general rule, the Burbank store has double the selection of other venues. The Kirkland bubbly is a good value at $20, too (especially the Rose).

                                Mission & Top Line are pretty flip a coin in my experience: great deals at both places.

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                                  carter Dec 29, 2013 11:13 AM

                                  Short of the 3 alcoholic varieties I mentioned, TopLine does a better job on pricing of wines, assuming the same wine.
                                  But variety is an issue and they do not carry the exact same products. Definitely check both.

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                                    john gonzales Dec 29, 2013 08:34 PM

                                    I go mostly to the Marina/C.C. and Manhattan Beach Costcos. The wine selection is quite good. There definitely aren' as many selections as Topline, but there's enough for most people to find something along the lines of what they're looking for. It isn't aged and it's relatively mainstream.

                                    My wife is in the distribution business and I'm a pretty serious collector. The prices at costco are excellent. You will find things on super sale somewhere else for a little less at times, but not much less. If Costco carries it, it will be in the low end of the pricing available anywhere, and many times it will be cheaper. The other day they had the 04 Dom for $118 and the Louis Roederer NV for $31. Both are as cheap as they can be found nationally. They've been running really good deals on Beringer PR Cab. Etc Etc.
                                    Ralph's has been running good special recently so the buy six deal makes them very well-priced.

                                    K&L has a nice selection of bubblies, though they couldn't get any of th NoCal stock here if it isn't stocked in Hollywood. They carry Billiot, Delamotte, Billecart and Henriot all of which I'd snag at just a hair more than the Veuve. Though I will say that the Veuve has improved over the past couple of years from what it was previously. I don't think K&L has the Charles Heidsieck, but I think L.A. wine does.

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                                      linus Dec 30, 2013 07:43 AM

                                      when i requested a bottle from k and l they didn't have in hollywood, but had up north, they gladly had the bottle shipped down here.
                                      this was not wine, but spirits.

                                      at my price points, i have better luck finding things i like with topline than the burbank costco.

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                                        john gonzales Dec 30, 2013 08:58 AM

                                        Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant that they couldn't have something shipped down IN TIME FOR NYE. Yes, they are indeed good about having something available in the Bay Area sent, though it usually takes 2-4 days.

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                                          JudiAU Dec 31, 2013 01:19 PM

                                          K&L has a good selection of smaller champagne houses and the best prices on what they carry.

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                              Thor123 Dec 28, 2013 01:31 PM

                              Just paid $42 at CostCo.

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                                ns1 Dec 28, 2013 02:29 PM

                                For? VQ?

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                              mc michael Dec 27, 2013 05:48 PM

                              You might check WineExpo for their prices on good non-advertised sparklers.
                              http://wineexpo.com/2013/05/friends-d...

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                                foodiemahoodie Dec 28, 2013 12:19 AM

                                I've always found them a bit pricey.

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                                foodiemahoodie Dec 28, 2013 12:23 AM

                                $40's a good price.

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                                  mc michael Dec 31, 2013 07:49 AM

                                  FLASH! Just got an email from Cost Plus. They have Veuve today only for $38.39. Also you can get Piper Heidsieck Brut for $24.39 if you buy three.

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                                    ns1 Jan 2, 2014 11:23 AM

                                    Thanks all for the replies. As it turns out, ended up w/ Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut. Pretty damn tasty and a couple bucks less than VQ. I'll keep my eyes out on the bevmo bubbles next time I'm @ bevmo; I love me some bubbles.

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                                      linus Jan 2, 2014 01:20 PM

                                      if you're so inclined, i'd totally recommend finding an employee at topline or k and l and describing what you like in a bubbly.
                                      i've found they can get you something probably surpassing vq or moet at a cheaper price.

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                                      brewkowski Jan 2, 2014 08:58 PM

                                      Total Wine (Brea) has it for just under $41. Costco (YL) for just under $44. Wine Exchange (Orange) also just under $44.

                                      By the way, Wine Exchange has an excellent wine selection with very good prices. Check them out yourself at winex.com. They also sell my favorite fresh roasted coffee beans - LAMILL Black Velvet Coffee.

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