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Grocery Outlet’s Spring Wine Sale Starts This Tuesday, March 22nd!

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OK wine lovers! Grocery Outlet is holding a huge wine sale where all wines will be an additional 20% off Grocery Outlet’s everyday low prices. It’s the same high-quality wines you love at 50-70% off PLUS 20% more off, so that means you can save as much as 80% on all Grocery Outlet wines during the sale!!
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Yesterday I visited my local Grocery Outlet in Roseville, CA, and spoke to the wine buyer, Michael, about the upcoming sale. He thought my blog cavegrrl referred to wine caves! I never thought of that. That’s actually pretty brilliant. Hmmmm…maybe someday I will rebrand AGAIN as a wine blog with the same URL! Anyway, he was incredibly nice to share about an hour of his time with me. He is passionate about making sure he finds wines customers are going to love. He has a “benchmark varietal” method in which he asks the customer what their favorite varietal is, and if they aren’t sure of that, he finds out something as simple as their preference for red or white wine. Through this process, Michael figures out the customer’s preference of sweet or dry, and eventually can help them pick a wine he believes they will enjoy.

It is that kind of customer service you can get, especially at this Grocery Outlet location, where it’s almost like having your own sommelier, but in a discount grocery store (kind of awesome). And truly, since my visit today, I can tell you there are some really great wines to choose from for the sale coming on Tuesday!

Here’s the lineup I bought today and (all of them I highly recommend):

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From left to right, Cuerda Sparkling Wine ($4.99)–tastes like an $8-$10 bottle and perfect for unwinding after a busy day or blending in a mimosa or bellini, Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc ($8.99)-I will update the description when I try this one, but Randall Graham is behind this one, so I think it will be pretty good. Also, it’s a white wine blend with Roussane, so I am sure I will be a fan. Next is the Paraiso Pinot Noir ($5.99)-a bargain and goes for $24.99  per bottle elsewhere, by the way does Santa Lucia Highlands ring a bell?? You should have seen me try to contain myself with this deal!! Finally, there’s Goss Creek Red Blend ($4.99)-I really loved, tastes like a $15-18 bottle and goes for $16.99 per bottle elsewhere.

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Not only is Grocery Outlet a great place to buy wine, it’s a great place to find food to pair with your wine!  Today, I bought a bag of Brussels sprouts, an onion, and some Aidell meatballs to throw together a simple and tasty dish!

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Brussel Sprout, Onion and Meatball Sauté:
1 onion
1 small package Brussels sprouts (quartered and pre-cooked in Microwave for 3-4 minutes)
Balsamic Vinegar
1 package Aidells meatballs
salt
olive oil

All you have to do is slice the onion, saute it in olive oil with some salt until translucent, then add the Brussels sprouts––I like to quarter them first and then microwave them for 3-4 minutes to get ahead of the game. Usually, I am tired at the end of the day and I just want to eat and relax, so I am looking for any shortcut possible.

After the onions get browned and are pretty well cooked, add some balsamic vinegar to your liking (2-3 Tbs for me), and then add the microwaved Brussels sprouts and sauté them until browned. Then add the Aidell’s sausages. Cook the entire thing until it’s heated through (the Aidell’s are already pre-cooked, you just have to warm them up in the pan. It literally takes less than 20 minutes to make this dish and it’s a great pairing with ANY of the wines I bought above (especially the Paraiso Pinot Noir!!)

You bet I will be back in the store at 8am on Tuesday to clear out my favorite wines and save an extra 20% off when the wine sale begins! If you love wine, do yourself a favor and visit your local GO March 22-26th!! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask the wine buyer (if that person is present) or the store manager. In my personal experience (I was a customer before I was compensated for this blog post) and the following held true: the management team at Grocery Outlet just wants you to find the right wine for you and for you to be happy with your purchase.

You can find Grocery Outlet on Facebook here, on Twitter here and on Instagram here.

Join the fun on social media by tagging your posts with #GOWineSale!! Cheers and happy shopping!!


Healthy Living Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune!

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It was ironic to return home from shopping at Grocery Outlet (Woodland location) on Monday and find this basket of goodies on my doorstep from my friends at Grocery Outlet corporate! They sent me a variety of products to promote “a fresh face-lift during the spring season”. All the products in the basket cost at least 50% less than they would at a conventional grocery store.

I am currently trying to drop a few pounds (big race in a few weeks), so I wasn’t at Grocery Outlet panning for gold (wine deals) this time like I normally am… 😉  I was there looking for collagen supplements. 😉 I also picked up some cauliflower and organic lettuce, as well as a bag of kale and onions. I was happy to see some products in the gift basket I could put to good use.

The products included in my basket were:

Numi Blooming Tea (Grocery Outlet Price $2.99, Regular Price $8.99)
Tru Roots Brown Rice (Grocery Outlet Price $2.99, Regular Price $4.99)
MET-RX Big 100 Bar (Grocery Outlet Price $19.99–12 ct. box, Regular Price $27.00)
Maui & Sons 100% Pure Coconut Water (Grocery Outlet Price $1.29, Regular Price $2.49)
Natrol Acai Berry Diet Capsules (Grocery Outlet Price $6.99, Regular Price $9.99)
Laci Le Beau Super Dieters Natural Tea (Grocery Outlet Price $2.49, Regular Price $4.29)
Best of Burt’s Bees Gift Set (Grocery Outlet Price $8.99, Regular Price $14.99)
Epielle Green Tea Facial Mask (Grocery Outlet Price $0.69, Regular Price $1.49)
Organic Now Shampoo and Conditioner (Grocery Outlet Price $2.69, Regular Price $3.99)
Body Shop Macadamia Nut Body Butter (Grocery Outlet Price $3.99, Regular Price $19.00)
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Total Grocery Outlet Price for Basket Items: $53.10
Total Regular Price for Basket Items: $97.22

I am loving the teas and the Natrol Acai Berry Diet Capsules (the Grocery Outlet Gods must have been reading my mind) and what girl doesn’t love Burt’s Bees? I’ll surely be using my facial mask and the body butter to keep my heels from looking frightful. 😉

You can find most of these products at your local Grocery Outlet store (product selections and availability will vary by store).

You can find Grocery Outlet on Facebook here and follow them on twitter here.


Enter to Win(e) a $25 Grocery Outlet Gift Card!

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To celebrate the upcoming Grocery Outlet wine sale, I am giving away a $25 gift card good at any area Grocery Outlet !

The big Wine Sale runs November 7th-11th and all wines are 20% off already bargain prices!
I just love finding bargains at Grocery Outlet. They have the best deals on organic produce, nuts, and cheeses, and every once in a while I find a wine (most recently a Torrontes made by Espiritu). It was $2.99 per bottle and tasted like $7.99 or $8.99 per bottle. It is such a wonderful everyday wine, that my boyfriend bought a case, and I think I have bought about 2 cases by now in the past 2 months… I kept buying it 2-3 bottles at a time when I saw it was still in stock. 🙂
I was curious about the wines at Grocery Outlet and took the opportunity to interview a wine buyer for the company, Andy Lee.
Cavegrrl: Please tell me a little bit about yourself and your position with Grocery Outlet.
Andy Lee: I’m a 25 yr veteran of the wine industry and have worked all three tiers of the traditional three tier system.  Starting in retail in a small gourmet food and fine wine/beer shop that led to a 12 yr stint in distribution…followed by another 12 yrs working with wineries and then was lured back by the intrigue that is Grocery Outlet.  I didn’t see myself in a retail buying position at this stage in my career, but the dynamic nature of the company and the overall intelligence of the people drew me into the fold.  Every day is exciting and stimulating.  The thrill and passion I’ve enjoyed throughout my career is now derived from getting a great wine at an incredible price and sharing that value with our customers.
CG: What got you interested in wine? What got you into the industry?
AL: Work in the restaurant and retail industry helped pique an interest in wine for me.  I saw it as a part of a healthy lifestyle which includes great food, friends and family.  I was fortunate enough to rekindle a relationship with a former employer shortly after I finished college and ending up taking on the role of buyer for his store that featured 500 beers and ales and a selection of wine that included great Barolo, Bordeaux, California wines and Champagne.  As the store was sold I was recruited by a couple of wine distributors in Seattle and the rest is history.
CG: What did you do before Grocery Outlet?
AL: A true American success story….I went from a glamour gig in Napa Valley to Grocery Outlet!  My last couple of jobs leading up to Grocery Outlet were in winery sales for J Vineyards & Winery in Russian River Valley and Gamble Family Vineyards in Napa Valley.
CG: How do you find wines for  Grocery Outlet?
AL: Through many contacts my team and I receive samples of wines that are for various reasons “excess inventory.”  The opportunities we receive range from simple overproduction for the market to mergers and liquidations.  We are also the recipient of wines from wineries that have launched new packages.
CG: Do you get to try the wines that get picked up by the stores or is it just a stab in the dark?
AL: There are exceptions, but most of the time someone from the Beer & Wine team has tasted.  In most cases we have tasted the wine as a panel, in this way we come to an agreement on value that in turn leads to our offer on the wine.
CG: What is your favorite food and wine pairing?
AL: Food and wine is a passion for me.  I’m always looking for that ah-hah moment.  A favorite go to for me is a pasta dish with chicken, broccoli and goat cheese (with a few pepper flakes for punch) paired with Sauvignon Blanc…goat cheese and Sauvignon Blanc create a wonderful flavor marriage as well as texture.  Another is a bit old and stodgy but still spot on…Stilton Blue Cheese, Bosc Pear and Vintage Port, the flavor created by this pairing still amazes me!  Dungeness Crab and German Kabinett, I could go on all day…
I’d like to thank Andy Lee for the Q & A. It was certainly interesting and sounds like my dream job! Here’s Andy hard at work on the job!

You can find Grocery Outlet on Facebook here and twitter here.

And now for the gift card you can enter to win(e)!

To enter, tell me (in the comments section below) your favorite Grocery Outlet location and your favorite food and wine pairing! At the end of the week, I will pick my favorite and send you the gift card in the mail so you can participate in the Wine Sale! Bonus entries to people who follow me on twitter and “like” cavegrrl.com on FacebookGood luck!