Spring 2016 Wine Sale 20% Off All Wine

The Grocery Outlet Spring 2016 wine sale will run Tuesday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 27th!  (Or through Saturday, March 26th if your local store is not open Easter Sunday.)  Please use this space to discuss what you’re thinking of stocking up on, or any special-for-the-sale stuff that’s shown up somewhere, or…  whatever sale-related things you like!  Happy hunting, and cheers!

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71 thoughts on “Spring 2016 Wine Sale 20% Off All Wine

  1. lim13

    Tried a bottle of 2013 Clos LaChance Central Coast Sauv Blanc, $4.99 (pre-sale) from Silverdale tonight. Mildly grassy nose with grassy and pear flavors; somewhat soft and flabby with a bitter bite in the finish. Not for me. BW reviewed a second label red from this winery nearly four years ago.

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  2. DavidLikesWine

    Did some clean up shopping at Palo Alto this afternoon. Still some good supply of a lot of nice wines, but was sad to see all the Philo Ridge whites and the Lamadrid Malbec Reserva were gone. The Layer Cake Garnacha arrived mid-sale for those of you who really like it. Bought a couple to try and someone in front of me had just come back for two cases. Also grabbed some Old Telegram to lay down for a while and called it a day.

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    1. Darrell

      DLW, I enjoy the reports from PA and just wanted to remind you, for future purchases, that you can reserve wines for the sale, especially when you know Joe as well as you do. I am reminded of your missing the above Lamadrid by somebody else setting aside some for the sale.

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        1. Darrell

          SB, BW’s links above are for the 2007 Single Vineyard Malbec and cost $18, but the DLW bottle is the 2011 Lamadrid Riserva Malbec and cost less. I never got a bottle of the 2011 which I figure is less of a brute than the 2007 Single Vineyard Malbec. SB, if you have the 2007, age it like a port is my opinion and have with Expat’s suggestion of cheese.

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            1. DavidLikesWine

              That’s the Mathilde! I opened one of my two bottles about 4 months back. It’s definitely a bigger wine, but I didn’t find it too over the top. There was enough structure and acidity to hold it all together for me. After about an hour or so of air you do get some ripe fig type flavors. Not raisened, but edging that way. Not one I would have wanted to pay the $80-$100 claimed price tag on, but I’m happy to have spent $18 on it.

            2. Darrell

              What DLW said so leave it unwrapped and just heft the bottle, the Matilde is extra heavy. When going out to dinner, the original wrapped bottle is brought that way to the table to surprise the sommelier. Sometimes it’s nice to see their reaction.

  3. Welltravbrit

    Just to say I happened to be out in Walnut Creek (I normally shop at the GO in Berkeley or Oakland) but as I was out there I headed to the Pleasant Hill store to check out the sale. I happened to meet the owner. I have to say he was very helpful 😉 .
    I bought some of the Bonny Doon Old Telegram which I liked , the Figueira (a tannic Portuguese red) which was reviewed here earlier and which I enjoyed. They had the Gypsy Boots Pinot but for me it was too floral, instead I bought one called Wine Wright which was a good basic pinot, fairly light and not too complex but not too heavy on the cherry side.
    I bought some of the Benison Dry Creek Zinfandel ($6.99 before sale) which again seemed like a good everyday wine. I’m afraid I don’t have any decent tasting notes! I liked the Grandfather Clock Merlot ($5 before sale) and the Layer Cake 2011 Garnacha ($8 before sale). The Pra Vinera Reserve Cab ($6.99 before sale) was a decent everyday wine too. The regular one was reviewed here a while back, with a mixed response.

    I’m not sure any of these are particularly complex or great “finds” but they seemed like a decent value and we’ll enjoy them.

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  4. Qay

    In Santa Rosa two wines that jump out at me are the 2011 Paraiso Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (love this appellation for PN and Syrah, and Paraiso is a respectable label) and the 2014 Morgan Gravel Hill Sauvignon Blanc. I had high confidence in the Morgan as I’ve had many of their wines and they are highly consistent and reliable, and it did not disappoint! On the riper side of the spectrum for SB, not at all shy in fruit with citrus, melon, lime; fresh with bright acidity. At $5.99 I’ll go back and grab a case for spring/summer drinking. Anyone try the Paraiso?

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    1. Darrell

      Haven’t tried the Paraiso, but SF manager recommended it. The Pinnacolitos PN (Chalone AVA) is made by Paraiso and would make an interesting terroir comparison of the east side and west side of the Salinas Valley’s PN by this winery, assuming similar winemaking.

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  5. Larry

    Picked up a few cases of the 2010 Vega Moragona Tempranillo at the Federal Way, WA store for every day consumption. Screaming buy at $3.19.

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  6. rgardner2

    A few comments, agree with Lim13 on Notorious Rose, I wouldn’t have bought it but Alex at 6th Ave Tacoma recommended it last week so I tried it. Yep, good. The packaging wasn’t something I would normally buy. Hazed glass hides the rose.
    Glen Fiona – Nice
    Gordon Brother Rose – And Kamiak (from Gordon). Another good DRY Rose.

    And the crazy ass wine, Brumaio Pinoit Gris (haven’t tried the red yet). Label I wouldn’t normally buy. Wow, outstanding PG (European, not NZ). Red was being put put but I haven’t tried it, will buy.

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    1. lim13

      Bought a bottle of the 2014 Gordon Estate Rose’ at Silverdale ($5.99 pre-sale); fairly pale pink, subdued nose, bone dry, decent mouth feel, but soft and somewhat watered-down in flavors…especially from 100% Malbec “harvested specifically for rose'”. I’ll stick with the three additional bottles of Notorious Pink I also purchased today. This concludes my GO sale purchases for Spring.

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  7. lim13

    At Silverdale, I picked up two 2012 Gypsy Boots Pinots (based on comments here) and two of a southern French rose called Notorious Pink, 2014 vintage and 100% Grenache. Rather commercial packaging (frosted tall thin bottle with a glass stopper), but it’s very pale in color and appears to be from a reputable family (Pugibet) who has been producing wines since 1890. $12.99 and $5.99 before the 20% off. I’d love to see the Pinnacalitos de Chalone Pinot Noir and/or any of the Bonny Doon wines, but I doubt that’ll happen. I was told that oddly enough, the Bremerton store got more stock than Silverdale, so I may stop there later this week. If nothing really enticing is there, then the four bottles above will likely be all I buy…which would be a good thing for me.

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    1. lim13

      Opened a bottle of the 2014 Notorious Pink 100% Grenache from the south of France tonight and was actually quite amazed. My notes: Beautiful brilliant very pale color…almost more bronze than pink; wonderfully fragrant nose of white peach, spiced pear and honeysuckle; in the mouth, it’s rich and viscous with excellent mouthfeel; it’s full of fruit with flavors of peach, pear and lemon/lime and it’s pretty much bone dry. Without a doubt one of the best rose’s I’ve had from GO here in WA; excellent food wine with great acidity. Don’t let the tall frosted bottle with pink glass stopper scare you away!

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  8. BargainWhine Post author

    As usual, I don’t stock up much since, as it is, I can’t keep up with all the interesting-looking new arrivals. However, I did get (pre-discount prices):

    Budeguer 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “Cuatro Mil” Reserva $7
    Layer Cake 2011 Garnacha from Calatuyud DO, Spain, $8
    Pinnacalitos de Chalone 2009 “La Belle Vue” Pinot Noir, $7

    Mostly, I got recent arrivals I want to try, but was waiting until the sale to purchase:

    Castello del Poggio Riesling, Provincia di Pavia, Piemonte, Italy, $4 (apparently non-vintage)
    Gustave Lorentz 2014 “Le Rose” rose of Pinot Noir, Alsace, France, $4
    Amy 2014 Merlot, Stellenbosch, South Africa, $6
    Seghesio 2009 “Quindici” Toscana IGT, Italy, $10
    Chateau Haut Jongay, Cotes de Bourg, France, 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, $8
    Chateau Vieux Moulin, Lussac Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France, 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, $9

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Today, I got a two each of the Pinnacalitos de Chalone Pinot Noir and the Bonny Doon 2011 Old Telegram at the Berkeley store, which still has a decent amount of each.

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    2. seedboy

      The Castello del Poggio Riesling, Provincia di Pavia, Piemonte, is delicious. Dry, minerally, balanced, no petrol. I am buying some more.

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      1. BargainWhine Post author

        Wow. I opened one of these last night, and, while I liked the delicate floral character of the fruit (which reminded me of other Piemontese whites I’ve tasted), I thought there was not enough acid to balance the sweetness. I had figured you would certainly condemn the wine as not acid enough. 🙂

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          1. weinish

            Shite. I just left the store.

            I purchased two wines from Piedmont.

            1) Viberti Giovanni Langhe Dolba, Piedmont, Italy – 2012/2011

            I only tried the 2012. Starts off a little tart, but then I “air guy’d” it, and it really came around. Went back and bought a case. $5.99 pre sale. Haven’t had the 2011 yet, but that’s all that remains in Oakland.

            2) Same producer, Chardonnay. I thought it was balanced and good. Wife found it slightly viscous, but if you like Italian Chards I think you’ll agree it’s a solid wine.

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            1. weinish

              Worth noting, I had never seen either until today, and I was there Wednesday. Must have just come in. Importer is Opici from NJ, which focuses on Italian.

      1. BargainWhine Post author

        I loved it after 3.5 hours of air. black earthy blackberry / plum, thick tannins, hints of boysenberry and violets (5% Malbec). I got a couple more today.

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      2. BargainWhine Post author

        Hi weinish. Are you moving out of GO territory? Do you have another gig set up where you are going?

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            1. flitcraft

              We visit Pennsylvania pretty often (grandkid and all that), and we’ve noticed that Grocery Outlet is expanding its empire in Pennsylvania–two brand spanking new ones have opened in the past few months in the Harrisburg area alone.You’ll see lots of the same grocery and notions things that you find in our West Coast GOs there, too. Except for wine, sadly. Pennsylvania currently limits wine sales to its state liquor stores, so no wine in grocery stores. There’ve been some moves toward loosening these rules (led by Costco, natch!) but so far, nothing has been enacted. Yet…

          1. lim13

            I spent the first 18 years of my life 12 miles from Philly in south Jersey where I was born and raised. Philly was my big city and I spent my life going to Phillie games at Connie Mack Stadium and Eagles games at Franklin Field (University of Pennsylvania). I’ve got many, many fond memories. Yep…there are GO’s in PA…and yep, all wine and liquor is under state control. But privatization happened here in WA and it could happen in PA too…though they’ve got a firm grip right now and have for years. BTW, there are currently 17 states that control spirit sales, but only one that controls everything (Utah, per Darrell) and one that controls spirits and Wine (PA).

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            1. weinish

              I’m from Jersey too so I’m familiar with PA’s Issues. Literally why we may live in Camden County.

              I’ll certainly miss my trips to the GO and the sharing of info.

            2. lim13

              I was born in Camden (which quickly became the armpit of the nation) and raised in Woodbury. My 50th high school reunion is happening this September. Best thing that ever happened was my mom retiring in Cape May (God rest her soul). Visited there often. Please continue to comment on the blog, Weinish…and let us know where life is taking you.

  9. Darrell

    If I had to rely on GO advertising, I would have to question whether there was a wine sale on. I received no emails and visited two stores last night and no sign of a sale in the wine section or on their PA system. I wonder what’s up?

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    1. seedboy

      Weird. The Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland stores are all stocking up and advertising. Berkeley store has the Pinnicalitos pinot and some other recent arrivals. Oakland store has a huge stack of wine next to the express checkout. I will be buying wine today.

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      1. weinish

        This is the first wine sale in 4-5 years I haven’t been the least bit excited about.

        Nothing tempting me at this time, except for the $19.95 Barbaresco, which someone had a case moved to the back. At $4 off I’m still not sure it’s worth it.

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        1. seedboy

          I am less enthusiastic about this sale than most. One thing I will note is that for a few of the sales there were some higher end wines and for this one there are precious few, and none of them from Europe.

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  10. GOwinelover

    Not seeing much interesting wine here in San Diego. Picked up a Bonny Doon Mourvedre that we haven’t tried but nothing else is really standing out. Fair amount of low cost Chilean and Argentine wines on the red side.

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      1. delmartian1

        I take it back. Stopped into the Oceanside store last evening and they are all stocked up for the sale with multiple new offerings. Picked up 7 of the new ones to try over the next few days to see what’s best to load up on.

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          1. delmartian1

            Finished my purchases for this Spring’s sale yesterday. Of the 7 different wines I picked up to sample (fridge is full of half empty bottles) I went back for more of 3 of them including the 2014 Barao de Figueira vinho branco. 2011 Ch. Vieux Moulin Lussac St. Emilion, and best bargain (IMHO) 2007 Marques de Arienzo Rioja which, after the discount, worked out to $2.40/bottle.

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      2. Doug Green

        I would tell everyone to grab the Conseillence 2012 Santa Barbara Grenache for $5.99 less 20%. While it’s nothing special at the $20-25 price point it was intended to sell for, it’s a screamer of a bargain at under $6, and fair value at $12-15. Not a big wine, but elegant, with nice aromas and good grenache red-berry character.

        I also picked up a couple of bottles of the Bonny Doon 2013 Mourvedre and the Astrale 2010 Arcturas Napa Valley Red, on the 20% off sale, for $7.20 and $6.40 each but haven’t had a chance to try those.

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  11. Angela T Carlson

    At the Oakland store, planning on picking up the Riesling from the Santa Lucia Highlands (spacing on the name) $4 (pre-sale) and the 2009 Pinot from the Chalone appellation $7. BTW, the Layer Cake Grenacha $8 is definitely worth picking up. Trader Joe’s had an allotment that we quickly sold out of because it’s tasty.

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    1. seedboy

      That Riesling is made by Paraiso, as was the pinot. The Riesling is sweet. The pinot is lean but nicely made, I’m curious to see how it tastes tonight (I opened it yesterday).

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      1. weinish

        There’s a $3.99 Unoaked Italian Chardonnay being sold in Berkeley. Think maybe it’s called Porta Vita, imported by Palm Bay Int’l.

        I bought half a case of this wine. It’s what unoaked Italian Chard is supposed to taste like. It’s 12% alcohol, low in sugar, nice acidity, dry and crisp. Probably retails for $9-10.

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  12. lim13

    Send some of that Old Telegram up here to WA and I’ll be glad to try a bottle and post my review! I just got an email from the Silverdale store that they now have the Gypsy Boots Pinot for $12.99 (which is weird ’cause most wines here are usually a buck more than CA). I’m having a hard time with the name…and the price tag…unless it’s super good.

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      I’d say that if you usually buy good CA Pinots at regular or even slightly discounted prices, the Gypsy Boots Pinot Noir is a good deal. I thought it was pretty good the first day, and very good the next (with the cork just stuffed in the bottle between days). People who had recently been wine tasting on the Winter Wine Road in Sonoma said it was better than many of the $35 Pinots they had tasted. So I think that, especially at the sale price of $10.4, it’s worth checking out. BTW, it appears to be named after this person.

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      1. lim13

        Any halfway decent PN from CA or OR for under $20 is a good deal. From what I found on Vivino, the Gypsy Boots normally retails for about $20. Would be nice to know the level of experience of the folks posting reviews on that site. I might just try one bottle during the sale. If the wine’s nearly as interesting as the story about its namesake, it’ll be worth the $10.39. Thanks for the link to the (pre-hippie) Gypsy, BW. BTW, been having liquid lunches lately?
        : ~) A couple of hours ago there were no new reviews. Then suddenly…five of ’em! You could be pretty busy during the sale!

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        1. BargainWhine Post author

          Not sure what I ate, but whatever happened, I have made good progress clearing the backlog. 🙂

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    1. BargainWhine Post author

      I tasted the Old Telegram over a few days. My reaction is that it’s a very good, well-made wine that needs at least a few more years of age (5?) to show its stuff. However, I’ll also pass on a rumor from a customer that it’s outstanding after 5 hours of air.

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  13. Robbie Phillips

    I will be stocking up on 2006 Bell Hill Lake County Merlot ($5.99 Hayward), 2012 gypsy boots Sonoma – Santa Barbara – Mendocino County Pinot Noir ($12.99 Hayward) and 2013 clos La Chance Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc ($3.99 Hayward).

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  14. seedboy

    I have been meaning to try a bottle of the Old Telegram and if I like it put down three or four for the future. I’ll buy some of that Priest Ranch SB and a couple more Cigare Blanc. I have a feeling, though, that some other new items will appear before the sale.

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    1. DavidLikesWine

      At Palo Alto there’s still a handful of bottles of the ’08 Brunello (the better of the two, the name escapes me at the moment, blue label). A few cases of the Cavatappi ’07 Maddalena Nebbiolo and there’s still some ’11 Lamadrid Riserva Malbec too. Would like to grab a couple bottles of each. Hoping the remaining Egelhoff Riesling and Philo Ridge Gewurtz make it to the sale as well. They’ll be in my basket.

      Would love to hear input on the Old Telegram, there’s a huge quantity of it around and I’m not sure what to make of that.

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