In October I was attending a meeting in Yakima with Clive, and one night after our meetings he cracked open a Syrah from the Yakima Valley that I particularly enjoyed. Upon polishing off the bottle, I inquired as to it's origin. Grocery Outlet was the source. Clive shared that he buys wine by the case there, and you'd be a damn fool if you didn't. The proof in my belly, I reconsidered my reticence for bargain shopping.
An aside about the economy for a moment...you may have noticed we are still in a bit of a recession. In talking to winemakers over the past few months, a number have shared significant difficulty in moving some of the ultra-premium wine they produce -- think of the stuff over $35. This hit home for me when I was able to procure a bottle of Col Solare at Costco for a 33% discount. Point is none of us have the cash money to frivolously spend on wine, so why not find a value option for good juice? This is a serious issue in the industry right now, and Grocery Outlet has found a solution.
Recently we had the opportunity to sample two wines provided by Grocery Outlet as part of this piece. Those wines were:
- Casa La Joya Chardonnay, Colchagua Valley (retail price $25, Grocery Outlet price $6.99)
- Glass Mountain Merlot, Napa Valley (retail price $7.99, Grocery Outlet price $2.99)
Both wines were enjoyed by our guests, but the hit of the evening was the price point. $2.99 for a Merlot that tastes like a $12 bottle? Outstanding. I can see why Clive buys a case. As part of our research, we stopped by the local Grocery Outlet to see the offerings. We found a larger than expected wine section, and while nothing was jumping out to us at that point in time, we saw many customers leaving very happy. It's the joy of the search, and with an ever-changing supply you never know when you'll walk through the door and find that gem.
So I feel like I'm rambling, so I'll quit. In summary, try Grocery Outlet for some great value wine -- it will surprise you. Don't be a "damn fool."