From the founder, grossoutwine
I’m young, drink beer and wine passionately, and planning on making a career of drink.
My mom taught me to share, so here I am.
I want you to go in to Gross Out and buy with confidence.
As of July, 2011, grossoutwine is off for the wilds of Texas, outside GO range, though he may stop in from time to time. He left this blog in the hands of two enthusiastic commenters, Lim13 and myself, BargainWhine. I currently live in Berkeley, CA, but I started my GO wine experiences in 2001, when I lived very close to the Oakland store. There was a lot of good stuff when Webvan went out of business. 🙂 I’ve been tasting mostly California wines for 20 years, making regular trips to Sonoma, Napa, and other west coast wine areas. My favorites are probably traditional French wines, especially from the Rhone and Loire valleys. My GO wine-buying philosophy is here. (Expat adds more thoughts here.) I will try to make my biases clear in my writing, but my contribution is largely an effort in self-indulgence (hence the “whine”), and in sharing with anyone else who enjoys the hits and misses of wine at the Grocery Outlet. Cheers!
Update early July, 2015: I’ve started working in beer and wine at the Richmond, CA, store. My managers are fine with my continuing to express my personal opinions here.
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And I am “Lim 13“…the other enthusiastic past contributor…and one half of the new editorial staff of this site. I’m an old ex-hippie who first began drinking wine in upstate New York…from a bota bag…at concerts…in the early 70’s. I’m in Washington State now and have been for 37 years. I spent 31 of those years in the retail liquor and wine industry from which I’m now retired. I’ve written a few wine articles for magazines, had my wine cellar featured in Wine Spectator nearly 20 years ago, organized and conducted wine tours of Washington and Oregon for the Society of Wine Educators, and with my wife have been part of a five-couple wine tasting group for the last 20 years. None of this “important sounding” stuff is as significant in my wine knowledge as just plain tasting and drinking wine! I’m also into playing guitar and singing, clogging, and team spectator sports (mostly baseball and football), and volunteering for the local Humane Society and Cancer Society. I prefer wines other than Cab and Chardonnay…like Alsatian Gewurztraminer, German Riesling, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Syrah, and Zinfandel. I’m really looking forward to working with my new partner(s) … in bringing you information you can use to hopefully feel good about your wine purchases at Grocery Outlet. Let’s get movin’!!
My wine affair started when I moved to Silicon Valley in 1980. I couldn’t get enough of Napa and Sonoma along with trips to Santa Ynez, Paso Robles, and all points in between. Alas, my work took me to Seattle in 1988. The wine scene was disappointing in comparison and UPS was my friend. There of course were a few bright spots and somewhere in the late 90’s things changed and Washington wine has become cutting edge, exciting, fresh, and fun. I believe all wines have their place, provided of course they are well made. I seek value and am excited about GO because the more we collectively buy, the more they will get, which leads to more choices. I am fortunate to be close to several stores, most notably Renton, Kent, and soon to be Maple Valley, WA.
I’m only about 5 years in to my wine journey, but got bitten by the bug pretty hard. It was a bottle of Lodi Zinfandel that got me hooked. That and the evening of fantastic conversation among friends which helped me see that wine shared in good company could be an incredibly memorable experience. Since that bottle of Zin my tastes have skewed more towards wines with structure and good balancing acidity. Grocery Outlet holds a dear place in my heart for providing an affordable, self-guided wine education, and I’m excited to get to share some of those experiences here. I’ll do my best to make my biases known and acknowledge my limitations as a taster and commenter. Cheers!
Forty-something foodie, wine nut, beer geek, avid homebrewer, baker, mushroomer and amateur winemaker, former cook, pastry chef, and food chemist from Chicago who came to California to get a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering, make a fortune in biotech, and retire to own a winery. One out of three so far…my lifestyle is still very similar to that of a grad student, so I wouldn’t be able to afford my wine and cheese habit without Gross Out! My love affair with wine began as a teenager, and has only deepened over time. Having no formal training in wine appreciation, I won’t call myself a wine critic, just a wine lover. Currently residing a few blocks from the Oakland GO, I also pop in the Berkeley store fairly often and others occasionally at random.
I am a retired wedding/event photographer who now photographs randomly as I wander. My passions are natural gemstones and wine. I have studied sharks since I was a child so you could add that to the mix. I love to know everything I can find about the things I’m interested in. And I love to travel. To my friends, I’m the computer geek who stars in her husband’s cartoons. My husband and I have 2 grown children, 3 grandchildren, 2 springer spaniels and 3 cats. We’ve been together since we were teenagers and continue to enjoy “life, the universe and everything” together. His side talent is cartooning so all of the cartoons you see on my blog are his original artwork.
I am an amateur wine enthusiast from Southern California who did not care much about it until a few years ago when I made my first trip to Napa, CA. From then on, I developed a deeper appreciation for wine and anything associated with it. Grocery Outlet provides me a great way of enjoying this new passion without breaking the bank.