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Best deals at the BevMo 5 cent sale

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 5:05 pm in Corkheads.

My co-worker wants to know what the best deal in the $10-$15 range is at the BevMo 5 cent sale. Well, here you go, Ari:

I poked my head in there yesterday, but the BevMo web site is a much easier way to navigate the sale. There, you’ll see 253 wines. I can’t be sure if they’re available at all stores, or if certain locations have different wines (I bet they do), but for my money, here are three must-purchases:

- if you like grenache and syrah, I’d splurge three more dollars and get the 2007 Auguste Bessac Cotes du Rhone for $17.99. It’s meaty, perfect for the increasingly chilly weather, and is even worthy of 2-3 years of age. A great deal.

- gnarly zinfandel lovers will be really pleased with this recommendation: make up for the Rhone splurge with a 2007 Challis Lane Old Vine Zinfandel. It’s a powerhouse in the fruit and tannin department, perfect for a weeknight hamburger or barbecue. And old vine zinfandel at $7.99 is simply a steal.

- Honestly, for my money, I can never have too much dry riesling in my house. That’s why I’d grab a couple of bottles of the 2007 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Riesling. It’s only $10.99 and pairs beautifully with all kinds of food. Seriously, the residual sugar, acidity, and fruit on this beauty are pretty much in perfect balance. Can you say YUMMY?

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  • Ari Soglin

    You must have great powers, Jessica. I went to BevMo today to get the Cotes du Rhone and the Zin. I found the first, but they were out of the latter, which would be no big deal because, I thought, I could just get it at another BevMo, right? Wrong. Apparently, the whole state is out of 2007 Challis Lane Old Vine Zinfandel at $7.99/2 except for the San Mateo and Irvine stores. You need to work a little harder to build up your readership in San Mateo and Irvine. :) Meanwhile, I substituted a 2008 Challis Lane Shiraz at the same price and am enjoying it very much as I type. Thanks.

    P.S. I placed an order online for the Zin at the San Mateo store and will pick it up when I head down that way later this weekend.

  • http://ibabuzz.com/bottomsup/corkheads Jessica

    Haha. Very cool. Let me know what you think of the Shiraz. Challis is solid.
    Cheers
    Jess

  • http://www.jasonswineblog.com jason

    Darn, guess I won’t go look for the Zin. Had a reader on my blog tip me off to the Shiraz as well. Perhaps I’ll grab that one…

  • http://ibabuzz.com/bottomsup/corkheads Jessica

    Seems to be a hit.

  • http://www.enginelathe.org/ Jo

    Oh I love Shiraz, it’s one of my favorite red wines!

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/bottomsup/category/corkheads Jessica Yadegaran

    Great!