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Sure, your neighborhood wine shop and its personal service are fab when you're trying to track down an esoteric wine or find some high-quality bargains, but when you don't have time for another stop there's always the grocery store. Not all states allow grocery stores to sell wine, but if yours does, it's a quick grab if you choose wisely. Here are a few of my favorite grocery stores that go beyond Yellow Tail and Inglenook with their wine selection.
1. Fresh Market offers 10 percent case discounts and a changing Best Buy wine, with good value selections from around the world.
2. Fresh & Easy specializes in imported and domestic food-friendly wines like--gasp--Champagne under $30 and their own version of Two Buck Chuck, called The Big Kahuna. I love the Les Deux Rhones Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
3. World Market. OK, it's not exactly a grocery store, but World Market does specialize in value wines from around the world, and they sell awesome tableware, too. I like to pick up the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc there because it's usually several dollars cheaper than at the wine store.
4. Trader Joe's is famous for its Two Buck Chuck, but seriously, go beyond the Charles Shaw because there's better quality there for a few more bucks, like the Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon for $6.
What are your favorite grocery store wines?
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