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Mama Loves Wine (Especially When It’s Cheap!)

There are few daily pleasures I indulge in that I love as much as wine. Seriously, my needs are few, and one of the things that makes me happiest is, at the end of the workday, putting on my pajama pants, opening a bottle of wine, and cooking dinner as my family and I talk about our day. The sound of that cork popping is like flipping my relaxation switch. IMG_1602

But it’s an indulgence I have to be careful with because, as we all know, wine ain’t cheap.

Last fall, fellow RMB-er Bethany Drysdale shared her experience of shopping for wine at Grocery Outlet, which completely piqued my interest, and when I heard about GO’s Spring Wine Sale going on this week, I had to check it out.

I admit, I tend to buy cheap wine, but even I was blown away by the prices. Typically, all products sold at Grocery Outlet are 50-70 percent off regular retail prices—how have I not been there already?—but during this sale, wine is an additional 20 percent off. According to signage throughout the store, that means a lot of their wines are up to 80 percent off.

Of course, I knew that Grocery Outlet was an “extreme-value” grocery store, but I had no idea that they had fresh produce, meat, and dairy, let alone wine.

I was impressed by their wine selection—although many of the labels I was unfamiliar with—as well as the large number of Pinot Noirs. I was feeling adventurous (at these prices I could afford to be) and grabbed a few bottles that looked intriguing. First, I succumbed to the Francophile in me and grabbed a 2004 Cabonon de Pascal, a French blend of Grenache and Merlot that normally retails for $16.99 elsewhere, typically sells for half that at Grocery Outlet, and is on sale this week for $6.99.

Then my eyes found a familiar, beloved name: Cline Cellars, a Carneros-region Sonoma winery that my husband and I have visited and loved. The 2013 Cline Zinfandel that normally retails for $10 is on sale for $4.99. Cha-ching! I was starting to get high just thinking about the amount of wine I could buy even on my limited budget. I went looking for IMG_1585some good whites next; with spring here and warm weather bringing out my desire for crisp Sauvignon Blancs, I grabbed a 2012 Vintage Ranch SV for $4.99, a Geyser Peak white blend called Uncensored for $6.99, and a spectacular Argentinian Torrontés called Recuerdo, which has that crisp, citrusy flavor I crave in warm months, also for $4.99.

To round out my purchases, I grabbed a Pythian Rock Cabernet Sauvignon (my favorite varietal) for $6.99, and a Michel-Schlumberger Maison Rouge, a French-style red table wine, for $5.99, and headed to the register before I could do any more damage.

I was astounded when the cashier told me my total: Six bottles of wine for $30. Yeah, that’s $5 each. With the 20 percent off for the sale, I saved $7 total. Typically, I’d be lucky to get half that amount for $30.

There are several stores in Northern Nevada, including Reno, Sparks, and Carson City, and I love the fact that most of the stores are locally owned and operated. Find a store near you at GroceryOutlet.com, or on Facebook.

OH! And guess what! Just respond to this post (on the blog itself, not on Facebook) and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card to Grocery Outlet! (Let me do the math for you: That’s five bottles of wine for just about FREE at these sale prices!).

IMG_1584The sale ends Saturday, April 4, so you’ll want to get down there quickly before it’s over. I will definitely make another stop there before having company over for Easter weekend.

So if you’ll excuse me, my husband and I are having a little tasting party…


About Jessica Santina

Jessica Santina
Jessica Santina’s love for writing started the summer when she was 11. She and her father created their own hand-bound book of poetry that they’d written together, which they called “Pop & Kid: Collected Writings.” It’s this love of the written word that fuels Jessica’s business today as a freelance writer, editor and university instructor, as well as spending countless hours sharing beloved books with four-year-old daughter, Olivia. When she has a few minutes to herself – a rare gem – Jessica loves to cook, read chick-lit novels, watch cooking shows, and take long, leisurely walks that allow her to come up with blog ideas. Check out her blog for words of wisdom on writing and more.


  1. Wine is one of my big pleasures, too, Jessica! I am certainly not a connoisseur, but I know I love it and have a few favorites from our recent trip to Napa and Sonoma. I can’t wait to head to Grocery Outlet and see what gems I can find. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Glad to hear you’ve discovered the Grocery Outlet. I don’t know how we would have survived without it when my kids were little. We’d often times laugh at how full our cart was and it only cost us $30-40. Nowadays I’m more selective on the items I buy but they have a great selection of healthier options and I’m seeing more and more organic products at affordable prices.

  3. this is awesome. I have never been but have been wanting to check it out. This may push me to finally do so!

  4. Thanks for some suggestions of bottles to try–I’m hoping to make it to this sale tonight!

  5. Lindsey Sanford
    Lindsey Sanford

    This sounds amazing. I haven’t even considered Grocery Outlet as a wine store!

  6. I am going to have to stock up this week! Mom’s need to treat themselves sometimes!!

  7. momsvilleusa2014

    Since my New Year’s goal is to stress less and drink more, I really need to check this place out.

  8. Jeane Spada-Allgood

    Thanks for the suggestions. I also ‘had no idea that they had fresh produce, meat, and dairy, let alone wine.”

  9. Ok, I know that Torrontes usually retails around $15. I’ll have to go stock up on that! I love Grocery Outlet’s wine selection!

  10. Wine and a good deal seem like a perfect match for me! I enjoy a glass of wine after the kids are in bed…a great way to wind down after a long day. Thanks for your post!

  11. This would give me the extra push to get down to Grocery Outlet again because $25 goes so far there!

    • Lindsey Sanford
      Lindsey Sanford

      Tiffany – congratulations, you’re our winner! Please send me an email (Sanford.Lindsey@Gmail.com) with your address!)

  12. Love this sale and grocery outlet! Their beer selection is awesome too, tons of craft beers! The store in Lemmon valley is my fav!

  13. I’ve never been to the one here, but used to go to the one in Vegas all the time. I will definitely be making a trip this weekend!

  14. Thank you so much for sharing! I am heading there today!

  15. One of my families favorite stores. Plus they have wine from Mudgee. Great place to shop.

  16. I would love to be entered to win. I am a big win drinker, especially red wine.

  17. My Favorite store!

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