Last weekend while in Crown Wines in Boca looking for some decent vino for Thanksgiving, I found myself in front of the selection of Sauternes/Barsacs.
Half-bottles of golden, luscious-looking 1997 Doisy Vedrines (375 ml) for $13.99. In a vacuum, that price means nothing. Could be high, could be low. But a couple of bottles down were whole bottles (750 ml) of the same wine for $33.99.
Yes, two half-bottles for a good bit less than one whole bottle. Somebody goofed.
OK, so it's probably a bad year, right? Nope. I went over to the in-house wine library and found that Wine Spectator (writing in 2000) gave 1997 Doisy Vedrines a 93. They wrote: "Lots of spice, honey, apricot and dried fruit character. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a long, spicy vanilla aftertaste. A lively young thing. Best after 2002."
For comparison purposes, the very reputable MacArthur Wines in DC (which has excellent wine stories with great prices) has the same bottle listed on their website for $17.99. (Whole bottles for $32.99.)
I don't know if any other Crown has the same wine for the same low price, but as of yesterday the Crown on North Federal had at least ten half-bottles out on the floor. (I held back and bought only four.)
There's my good deed for the day. Now go get that wine!