So as we were driving up to Santa Barbara yesterday (La Super Rica was as delicious as ever, but that's not really for this board), my wife and I decided to stop and check out the Warehouse Sale going on at the Grateful Palate in Oxnard.
After getting off the 101 seeming in the middle of nothing but strawberry fields, we found their warehouse and joined a handful of customers around 9:15. The sale was divided up into one section of all wines and another of food and other merchandise.
It was amazing! Probably the biggest draw for me was their freezer full of artisan bacons. They were frying up samples (and had set out samples of coffee, smoked peanuts, pumpkin butter, etc) and we picked out five different promising looking packages. This morning, we fried up some Father's Country Bacon from Gatton Farms in Kentucky. It was some of the best I've ever had, super thick and smoky. Like bacon heroin.
The GP staff were very accommodating, they gave us a freezer pack for the bacons so they would survive the day out. We also picked up a bottle of old Balsamic, some peanuts, bbq sauce, some very cute pig-themed tumblers, and four different tee shirts, three with bacon themes and one from "Evil" branded Shiraz.
The wine section was staffed with friendly, knowledgeable people who answered every question we had. There were mostly Australian wines there, heavy on the Shiraz but lots of other kinds as well, including ports. There was a clearance section in the back with a lot of wines going for under $10, some as low as $3. We snapped up several, including three different shiraz roses, we figured at those prices, we didn't need to taste them. We got a sparkling shiraz and some other ones they recommended.
All in all, we spent just under $200, and wound up with a lot of goodies. They say they have the sale four times a year, and we'll probably try to get out there again, if only to try more of the bacons.