It's that time of year again: as you plan your Thanksgiving meal, you can also stock up on holiday wines at great prices during the Grocery Outlet Semi-Annual Wine Sale! I've written about the Grocery Outlet wine sales in the past, and I always look forward to them!
Twice a year, you can save 20% off the already discounted prices on all wines at your local Grocery Outlet store. With wines already discounted anywhere from 10 - 50% off the regular retail price, that means you might be able to save up to 70% off on wine!
Just like each Grocery Outlet offers different food selections based on the stock that comes in from their local food & beverage partners, each store also has different wines on their shelves. One of my favorite parts about this sale is hearing what great wine finds YOU discovered at your neighborhood Grocery Outlet! After you shop the sale, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you found at your store ;)
Here's a look at some of the wines at my own neighborhood Grocery Outlet shop:
2013 Four Star Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Woodbridge Portacino
Typical "elsewhere" price: $22.99
Grocery Outlet everyday price: $9.99
GO Wine Sale price: $7.99
2013 Bow & Arrow Pinot Noir
Typical "elsewhere" price: $17.99
Grocery Outlet everyday price: $6.99
GO Wine Sale price: $5.59
2013 Michel-Schlumberger Benchland Estate Chardonnay
Typical "elsewhere" price: $16.99
Grocery Outlet everyday price: $4.99
GO Wine Sale price: $3.99
$3.99 for a bottle of wine? I'll take a case, please!
Tips for Shopping Wine Sales
It really is easy to want to load up on cases of wine at this sale, and while you can do so for a bargain, here are some of my best tips for shopping the Grocery Outlet Wine Sale:
- Take this opportunity to try something new. Maybe you've shied away from trying Port wine or a Viognier. At these prices, you can afford to branch out. Keep in mind that they may not be the absolute best Port or Viognier you can get your hands on, but these wines can give you a good taste of different types of wines to help you expand your palette.
- Go when your store is hosting its local wine tasting. Most Grocery Outlets host a wine tasting afternoon and that's the ideal time to go and try the wines before you buy.
- Buy as early as possible. Most stores do sell out of several types of wines. Even though they also tend to have quite the stock on hand for these sales, I suggest going the first or second day to make sure you get the best selection.
- Pay attention to the labels. You may know you love a certain winery's Pinot Noir, but is the one on sale from the same vintage? Wines can change drastically from one year to the next. And remember: just because you love a winery's Chardonnay that does not automatically mean you will like their Pinot Gris (although, a known winery label is often a good place to start when buying bargain wines).