In these days of enforced penury, it behooves the modern woman and man to know where and how to get good discount wine. It's not hard to figure out how to get expensive vintages. Read Wine Spectator or some other leftover nineties rag. But for inexpensive vintages (and let's define that as anything under twenty bucks that's worth forty, etc.) it's far more difficult. You can get swill or you can get something brilliant.
The places I go are Greenblatt's (their sale bins) and Trader Joe's. But my results have been mixed, to say the least. There was a Bordeaux at Greenblatt's about a year ago that was exceptional for about eight bucks. Alas it's gone. And at TJ's I'm totally baffled by all the off brands. I know there's something in there, but what? I just bought some St. Emma from Chile for five dollars there. Will report (or spit out) the results.