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99 cents only wines of the week & Bristol loves Larry?

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99 cents only wines of the week & Bristol loves Larry?

bernardo | Feb 8, 2006 08:11 PM

Banished to this site. Multiple postings over the last week repeated here:

Azure Bay Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon New Zealand 2003
Distinctive fruit flavors marked by melon and citrus overtones, slightly sweet with pleasant aftertaste
Pair with roast squab, mesquite broiled swordfish, sauteed lobster tails, penne in vodka sauce, stilton cheese and fresh fruit tarts
Wine warriors rev your engines, this one won't last

Calmenet Sauvignon Blanc California 2003
Pleasant, full bodied, lemony, with tinges of sweet and tart, variety of fruit overtones and orchard aromas
Pair with blue crab cakes, whole grilled seabass, giant prawn scampi, linguine con vongole, aged gouda, marionberry cobbler and tart apple pie
In very short supply in LA area 99 Cents Only outlets

General guidance:
Both HB outlets, Edinger & Springdale, & Brookhurst & Garfield carry wine, however, the supply at all outlets always varies. Not only does inventory vary from store to store in an inexplicable fashion, but the supply can disappear quickly, even in the space of a day, as I've seen with Warburn and McPherson bottles. Even questionable product such as a 1999 Pinot flew off the shelf within a day recently at the Edinger location. In some ocations stuff sits on pallets in the back or outside storage until workers get inspired. They often don't even know what they have in strorage.
As I've said before, best to treat the challenge as a teasure hunt, and to monitor 2 or more stores on a periodic and preferably regular basis. If you're looking for something specific you could call the store, ask for a manager and ask them whether it's on the shelf, although I wouldn't count on it. The help are usually friendly but not terribly sophisticated (Voigner, como?). It does helps to be bilingual in any case.
My advice to avoid disappointment and save gas is always buy a large amount if you suspect the wine is good, if you decide it sucks they will take it back, even refund the cost one opened bottle if you whine and wail.
For the ultimate in penny pinching, bring a corkscrew with you, buy a single bottle, then uncork and sample in the parking lot. Disregard the folks staring at you or mumbling about winos and vagrants. Lift your head high and walk proud, you are a dedicated and resourceful 99 Cents Only Wine Warrior on a search and plunder mission. Nuff said.

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