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.
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 some 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!).
The 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…