If you like Pinot Gris you have every reason to rush to the Redwood City Grocery Outlet. For now, they have about ten cases of the Evergreen Vineyards Pinot Gris 2008 for $5.99 a bottle. This wine is normally priced at $12. But that is not the whole story. The fact is that this wine is awesome and delicious, even at its regular price.
Now, I have heard through the grapevine that when the Grocery Outlet negotiates with a winery, they want the price in their store to be a minimum of 40% off the winery’s retail price. They are hard nosed about this in negotiations. They also have a tasting panel at their Berkeley headquarters that judges the wine before they decide to enter negotiations. The results are fabulous deals for the consumer, and you can be sure that this is one of them.
Here is my take on the Evergreen Pinot Gris: Lovely, round-mouth feel with balanced fruit and acid. Rich aromas of peach, lime and melon. Very aromatic and flavorful! The flavors match most summer fare for both cold and warm dishes. This is an excellent example of Oregon Pinot Gris and it can stand along the big boys.
The Grocery Outlet in Redwood City also has the Clif Family Winery’s Climber White 2008 available for $4 a bottle. Joe reviewed the Climber before and you should read the blog posting before you purchase. The Grocery Outlet in Redwood City has 8 cases on the floor and more in the back.
If you don’t live near the Redwood City Oultet store, call the one closest to you to see if they carry the Pinot Gris. My store told me they might have more in the warehouse and can ship to other stores. If you find the wine, buy a bottle, take it to the parking lot, give it a try and, if you like it, buy up.