A rich friend who's good at stretching his funds told me the secrets of his wine cellar last night - Grocery Outlet's wine department. This super budget grocery chain has stores in both Berkeley and Oakland (and elsewhere), so today I was anxious to check it out, based on my friend's advice, and see if there could possibly be any organically grown wine for sale.
Boy oh boy - what a doozey. Right there - with a giant endcap display - was all the 2007 Mendocino Farms Cabernet you could imagine - for $5 a bottle. $5. This is at least a $25 bottle of wine...and it still sells on the internet for as much as $40 a bottle.
This wine, dear readers, was lovingly grown at several of Mendocino's most beautiful, precious, Biodynamic vineyards - Heart Arrow Ranch and Fairbairn.
The famous Morry's wine store in Los Angeles, waxed enthusiastically about these wines, just a short while ago.
And they sell online at 1000corks.com for $488 a case.
The selection includes the 2005 and 2007 Cabernet and a 2007 Syrah. Unbelievable. I can't wait to open my three bottles to sample and then head back for more.
Grocery Outlet is open throughout California and a few nearby states. See the map here for store locations.