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Best local price for Veuve Clicquot?

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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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    1. Costco usually has great pricing on Veuve

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      1. re: flowergirl

        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).

        1. re: flowergirl

          I second the costco. Its always my go to for VC.

        2. 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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          1. re: J.L.

            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.

            1. re: westsidegal

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

              1. re: TonyC

                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

                  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.

            2. 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. 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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                1. re: Porthos

                  Piper Heidsieck Brut at LA Wine Co is $25.95.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    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.

                    1. re: VenusCafe

                      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).

                      1. re: foodiemahoodie

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

                    2. re: Porthos

                      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...

                      1. re: jdwdeville

                        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.

                        1. re: Porthos

                          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.

                          1. re: jdwdeville

                            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.

                            1. re: Servorg

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

                              1. re: mc michael

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

                            2. re: jdwdeville

                              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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: latindancer

                          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)

                          1. re: ns1

                            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.

                            1. re: carter

                              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.

                              1. re: ns1

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

                                1. re: ns1

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

                                  1. re: carter

                                    Pairs great with McD Dollar Menu

                                      1. re: Kalivs

                                        Can't drink Dom while eating caviar every day!

                                2. re: carter

                                  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.

                                  1. re: Jack Flash

                                    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.

                                    1. re: carter

                                      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.

                                      1. re: john gonzales

                                        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.

                                        1. re: linus

                                          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.

                                          1. re: john gonzales

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

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

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                                    1. 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.

                                      1. 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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                                        1. re: ns1

                                          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.

                                          1. re: ns1

                                            BevMo makes sense when you have one of their coupons, e.g., spend
                                            $50, get $10 back; spend $100, get $15 back.

                                            1. re: mc michael

                                              Don't know why any oenophile would even walk into Bevmo.
                                              Mission Liquor & Wine or Topline in the LA area, or Wine Club or Exchange in the OC both run them out of the room, even with that coupon you refer to.
                                              Now I realize comparing the same product then becomes based strictly on price.
                                              But when alternatives exist, meaning those that might be better, and definitely better priced, then you need to know where to go.
                                              I really like the California Roederer Rose which retails for around $23 at TopLine. The guys there know their bubbles very well - other wines as well.

                                              1. re: carter

                                                Having been to Topline, Mission and BevMo, I generally agree. And add Costco to that. However, IF you do the math you can clearly beat Mission et al on select purchases with a BevMo coupon. It's not about loyalty, convenience or quality. It's pure math. I go where the math tells me.
                                                That said, $23 is a great price for that particular wine.
                                                Topline does not have a meaningful webpage. Mission does. Their price for that wine is $24.99. So 2 bottles are gonna cost you $49.98. BevMo has it for $28.99. 2 bottles are $57.98 but with the $10 coupon, it's $47.98. However, there is the matter of Mission's Cork Club. Not clear if this would further reduce the cost of the bubbly. And, of course, Mission isn't open on Sundays but BevMo the behemoth is.

                                                1. re: mc michael

                                                  Following up, I called Topline. They have not carried the Roederer Rose for some time due to "pricing changes." Je regrette. They do have a Taittinger Carneros Blanc for $19.99.

                                                  1. re: mc michael

                                                    One Mission Wine store is open on Sunday - the one on Glenoaks, west of Pacific, near Highland, in Glendale.
                                                    btw - went to their Herman Story wine tasting a week or so ago, on a Friday late afternoon.
                                                    Truly wonderful, and probably one of the better tastings I have been to in quite a while.
                                                    Sans Liege, Herman Story, etc. Well worth the $20 tasting cost.
                                                    Bought 2 bottles of "The Offering", for $21.95 a bottle!!!

                                            2. 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.

                                              1. Is this the champagne that Eddie Griffin calls the "Liquid Blunt"?

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                                                1. re: Redbone411

                                                  Dunno. But evidently street pricing is $40 for a split retail so $40 for a bottle is pretty good.

                                                2. Starting tomorrow (8/20), Super King has Veuve for $42.99.

                                                  1. How does CH feel about Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label vs Perrier Jouet Champagne Grand Brut?

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                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                      Honestly at that price point there are 10's if not 100's of better values... J Lassgue, Pierre Peters, Andre Clouet, etc.

                                                      1. re: jdwdeville

                                                        Too obscure for me. I usually end up buying my bubbles at lounges/bars/clubs =X

                                                        Unless I'm flying in which case...beggars can't be choosers!