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Grocery Outlet -- March 2014

Carrying over from last month:

Oakland did not have any of the Straus butter. However they did have the $3.99 Lunatic white wine blend 2011:

"Here are the tasting notes:
2011 Lunatic White Wine Blend
This Lunatic White is intensely aromatic, densely flavored, muscular but supple, graceful and delicate. This wine is full of contradictions and charming mysteries. It is an alliance of the aromatic Symphony, Arneis, Albarino and Viognier on a foundation of richly flavored Chardonnay. Jasmine, apricot, ripe pear and fresh white peach meld in a succulent compote. The wine is much more than the sum of its parts…insanely good!"

I would have to agree that it's very good: aromatic and fruity on the nose and palate, but with a nice bite of acid on the finish to keep it from being too cloying or soft. Really quaffable.

Any comments on the Echelon Russian River Pinot Noir (at $5.99)?

For your pets, they had a good stock of Murr pet food from Iceland http://www.murrfoods.com), pouches at 50 cents each. I see they sell for about $2/pouch ($24 for a box of 12), so that's a real steal for what looks to be a premium product.

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  1. I picked up the Echelon PN but haven't opened it yet. The Echelon "Red" blend is quite good, though.

    "Street Pinot", Sonoma County, on the other hand, is an acidic nightmare. Avoid!

    This is in Berkeley.

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    1. re: ernie in berkeley

      The Echelon Pinot Noir is ok, not particularly varietal, certainly not typical of the Russian River Valley. I like the red blend better.

      1. re: ernie in berkeley

        This is certainly a generalization on my part, but I avoid the California designated wines at GO since they are usually "not particularly varietal," as you put it.

        I've had better success with wines at GO that have a narrower appellation, e.g. Central Coast, Napa Valley, etc. It's not 100% successful, as noted by Ernie's review of the Street Pinot from Sonoma County.

        Sidenote: The Geary GO still has the 2002, 2003, & 2004 Blackford "Napa Valley" Cabernets in stock for $9.99.

        1. re: baron45

          I had one of the Blackford Cabs (the 2002, I think) a couple of months ago and thought it was quite good.

    2. Berkeley:
      Cascadian "O" dry cereal 99 cents a box.
      Newmans Peanut Butter cups (six-pack) 49 cents.

      1. Also:

        50 cents -- Alter Eco "Mini Dark Velvet" chocolate bars (.7 oz.). 47% cocoa solids (single origin Peru) with just a touch of milk. Fair trade, organic. Velvety and delicious and a nice size (big enough to be satisfying, not big enough to overindulge). Price on their website is $1.69.

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Geary (yesterday) had the Straus butter.

          There's a Chianti Classico Riserva 2007 for $6.99. Tenuta Poggio Ai Mandorli. Anyone tried it?

        2. Yesterday afternoon at Oakland, lots of Starbuck ice cream @ $1.99/pint -- Java Chip Frappucino & Caramel Macchiato

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          1. re: Stephanie Wong

            Geary too. And haagen dazs vanilla bean espresso bars for $1.99 3 pk

            1. re: davidg1

              No Haagen Daz bars at Oakland on Sunday -- that's what I actually was hoping to find.

              1. re: Stephanie Wong

                Oakland today:
                White Lily Buttermilk enriched white cornmeal mix 5lb for $1.99. I was surprised to find White Lily flours outside of the south but that's the magic of GO.
                Arrowhead Mills organic millet 28 oz and pearled spelt 14 oz $1.99

              2. Concord GO on Tuesday:
                Three Twins organic cookies and cream ice cream 1 pint $1.99 There were still a decent amount of assorted Brigham's ice cream left too.
                Earth's Best organic toddler biscuits 4.6 oz in wheat and barley $0.50
                Evergood cheddar link sausage and bratwurst 4 link pack (12oz) for $3.99. These are made in SF.
                Clover organic cream cheese 8oz tub $1.49 short dated
                Horizon organic salted butter 8 oz $1.49 Plenty of Anchor left too.

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                1. re: mmag

                  Concord GO today
                  Muller "corner" yogurt $0.25 in assorted flavors
                  Feta cheese 2 lb for $4.99
                  Kashi Honey SunShine 10.5 oz $0.99
                  California Olive Ranch EV olive oil 500ml $5.99 harvested in 2012 best by 2016

                  1. re: mmag

                    Can olive oil last that long? Don't they go rancid in a matter of months?

                    1. re: ckshen

                      Sure. If a bottle is not opened, it won't go rancid that quickly. The flavor does degrade though.

                      1. re: ckshen

                        Rohnert Park:

                        Six-packs of Boost Plus, Rich Chocolate, $5.99. Sell by date of April 15, 2014.

                    2. re: mmag

                      Concord GO today
                      Aidells uncured salame 5 oz for $1.99 in sun dried tomato & roasted garlic, spicy jalapeno, and mesquite varities.

                      President camembert 8 oz $1.99
                      President brie 16 oz $2.99
                      President light butter 7 oz $1.99 made in France

                      Ghirardelli candy making & dipping melting wafers 32 oz for $4.99 in dark and white.