Last night I dumped a wine down the drain. Even at $3, the wine was not a good deal. Grocery Outlet buys wine that wineries are moving prior to new releases.
From the Bargainista Blog: These overstocks are most of what Grocery Outlet buys. The wine can be from the winery, importer or distributor. Past vintages are opportunistic buys, because once a vintage has been replaced by a newer vintage, the salespeople stop showing the older vintage. Older vintages become a storage expense, not a sales opportunity. Wineries, importers and distributors have money tied up in this stock. To quickly move through non-performing inventory, wineries, importers, and distributors will sell the wine at cost or even a loss.
Yesterday’s post brought lots of activity and comments. People are pretty passionate about finding good deals. The general consensus about shopping at Grocery Outlet is that it’s hit or miss. Be cautious and buy some “test bottles” before you commit to quantity. BUT – when you find a bottle you recognize or a region you trust…scoop it up.
Tonight, I broke out the short sleeve golf shirt to celebrate Spring and two potential white wine “deals.”
- The Stuff: 100% Russian River Chalk Hill estate Chardonnay. Aged in oak. A portion of each bottle benefits disadvantaged children.
- The Swirl: Clean and well filtered with a nice golden yellow color
- The Sniff: Melon and pear/apple aroma with hints of oaky vanilla
- The Sip: The wine has a nice mouth feel but the mid-palate seems slightly off structure. There is a mild butter toast that includes an effervescence like a sparkling wine. A good apple flavor comes through as well.
- The Score: Retail of $22, I wouldn’t re-buy this Chardonnay, but at $11 this is a good 3!
Cellar Tracker Score (2 Reviews) of 84
This is the first DEAL from the Grocery Outlet bunch! With the 20% off sale March 30-April 3, this wine would only be $9 which is a good price for a well made Sonoma Chardonnay.
- The Stuff: 93% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Chardonnay from Paso Robles
- The Swirl: Pale yellow, straw
- The Sniff: A hint of lemon but a predominant yeast / bread smell
- The Sip: At first the wine presents a really nice citrus and straw flavor but the back end kicks you with a tart finish.
- The Score: Even at $5 I have to compare this to some other good Sauvignon Blanc’s from Arbor Crest ($7) and Yellow + Blue ($9). I can give this a 2 (out of 5). Some people may love the crisp flavor but there isn’t a lot going on here.
Cellar Tracker Score (1 Review) of 76
As a reminder, Grocery Outlet has a huge wine sale March 30 – April 3. Stop by for 20% off their already low prices. Each of the 130+ Grocery Outlet stores is independently operated, so selections vary by store.
*The wine in these reviews was purchased using a $50 gift card provided by Grocery Outlet
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