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The Big One Mk. II

Author Mark
#1  Posted: Jan 3, 2018 12:22  

Don't know if there's a theme but a huge sale started yesterday. Wines previously not on sale seem to have been marked down 20%, and wines previously on sale have had further reductions applied. For example I noticed several that I bought last fall at 40% off are now 50% off.

The easiest way I've found to browse (so far at least) is on FWaGS, start on Wine then select, for example, Red then Bordeaux Blend. Of course you could just as easily select White and then Chardonnay, or whatever.

Once the page populates, on the left-hand side:
1. Under product availability, check both Online and In-Store (unless you want only one or the other). This will filter out any that are Out of stock as well as all SLO.
2. All the way at the bottom check both On Sale and Clearance.

Then sort the results however you want and have fun looking.
Author pavineco
Registered User
#2  Posted: Jan 4, 2018 13:48  

Thinking about all the updates - many good - they've made to the FWAGS website over the past few years, and the taxpayer resources that went into those, it's amazing how useless the website is without the ability to search items that are available in or near a particular location.
Author WharfRat
Registered User
#3  Posted: Jan 5, 2018 07:04  

Not to mention that many that show up on searchers are out of stock.
Author Mark
#4  Posted: Jan 5, 2018 08:56  

@pavineco - agree!

@WharfRat - Seeing the out of stock items is indeed frustrating, but you can exclude them as follows: in the Filter By column down the left-hand side of the page, in the "Product Availability" box, select both "Online" and "In Store". Then any out of stock items are not shown.
Author pavineco
Registered User
#5  Posted: Jan 5, 2018 12:53  

... although, products that are essentially out of stock (2 bottles in Mifflinburg) can live on for years in the "In Store" category.
Author J2K
#6  Posted: Jan 5, 2018 21:12 | Edited by: J2K  

I was in Murrysville store today and a bunch of blue clearance tags caught my eye! My 4yr old daughter was like, “c’mon dad let’s go to Burgatory and get mini burgers and a milkshake!” and I was all like, “chill out, I see some clearance deals. Cut the old man a break. I helped you get that barbie dollhouse from Santa, right?”

Picked up multiple bottles of:
2010 Andrew Will Champoux Reg $55 down to $27
2011 Broc Cellars Carignan Reg $23 down to $11.50
2012 JJ Prum Zeltlinger Sonnenuhr Auslese Reg $44 down to $22
2011 Greywacke New Zealand Marlborough Pinot Noir Reg $35 down to $17.50
2011 Domaine Gallety Cotes du Vivarais Rouge Reg $36 down to $18

Mostly 50% off. Those were quick deals I saw while being hassled. Then she had the nerve to ask for a lollipop from the cashier.

Btw, I drank the 2011 Domaine Gallety tonight and it was splendid!
Author WharfRat
Registered User
#7  Posted: Jan 6, 2018 12:31  

2010 Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah Yakima Valley $27.49 after 50% discount. Blue tag was from previous markdown. Drank a bottle yesterday, and was so good I went and got the last bottle they had. More finesse than power, almost like a St. Joseph syrah. Delicious!
Author Mark
#8  Posted: Jan 16, 2018 16:37 | Edited by: Mark  

I've bought some at 20% off. Regarding those that are now 50% off, I already bought the ones that I'm interested in last fall when they were "just" 40% off!

2013 Two Hands Shiraz Bella's Garden
Code # 72739 Originally $59.99 down to $47.99. Oh, for the good old days of getting the 2007 vintage of this as a Chairman's for just $35.99 (and later $19.99 on clearance). Back then I bought several and each one was better than the last, implying I drank them all too early. So I'll try to sit on this one for a while.

2014 Perrier Savoie Abymes Cuvee Gastronomie
Code # 49783 Originally $12.99 down to $10.39. Not a huge price break but it's a great wine. We had the 2011 Savoie Apremont Cuvee Gastronomie for $11.99 as a Chairman's a few years back. If that was any indication, this is probably nearing the end of its life. I need to open my bottle to see.

2013 Cakebread Chardonnay Napa Valley (375mL)
Code # 42876 Originally $23.99 down to $19.19. I love this in half bottles, great for weeknights. I grabbed a handful.

2001 Chateau Gruaud-Larose St. Julien
Code 45214 Originally 116.99 down to $58.49. A ridiculous deal, I bought this up last fall at 40% off and paid around $75/bottle including sales tax, and have been very happy with each of the three bottles I've opened so far. Far better than the CT 90.5 average score IMO, and drinking beautifully right now. To pavineco's point, there's basically none left - 2 in Luzerne County and 3 in York - but if you're in either place or want to transfer it in, it would be well worth your time and $ (assuming they weren't sitting in the window).

2011 Vincent Girardin Puligny-Montrachet Vielles Vignes
Code 45021 Originally $55.99 down to $27.99. Ditto the Gruaud-Larose, just 3 bottles remain in the state and they're in York. Yum yum.

2014 Jean Luc Colombo St. Peray Belle De Mai
Code 49691 Originally $39.99 down to $31.99. I bought a couple of these last year at the non-sale price and am considering reloading. You can think of St. Peray as basically the appellation for white wine made in Cornas. It's 40% Marsanne/60% Rousanne. Jean Luc knows what he's doing!

A fine example of both Oregon Pinot as well as the LCB's buggy inventory tracking system, code #47365 is 2012 Cristom Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve, on sale from $47.99 down to $38.39. I've had a bunch of these in both full and half bottles and have loved them all. Opinions vary but I think it's just coming into its drinking window. It does not show up AT ALL on't find it by name, or code, or anything. The only reason I know it's on sale is I saw the blue tag at a store. However it IS listed in the old inventory system here: r.asp?cdeNo=47365

Oh yeah, don't forget the Guigal La-La's, the 2009s were rated 100 by WA and 98 by WS, sale price of $249.99 is lowest in the nation by a good margin. Code #s are 48514, 48517, and 48520. Just a couple bottles left of each, would probably need to transfer but if they're within your budget you probably wouldn't regret it.
Author Mark
#9  Posted: May 7, 2018 14:40 | Edited by: Mark  

It looks like the cart has come around once more. Some new wines not previously on sale are now 20% off, the ones that were previously on sale for 20% off -- if they haven't sold out -- seem to be 40% off, and the ones that were 40% seem to be 50% off (again, assuming they're still available).

The available search tools are buggy enough that generating one all-encompassing list would be a manual endeavour. But the best place to start is described at the top of this thread.

Mag of JJ Prum Auslese Gold Cap for $115 anyone?
Author WharfRat
Registered User
#10  Posted: Jun 2, 2018 15:35 | Edited by: WharfRat  

Picked up a 2011 Arbor Crest Dionysus for $24 (marked down from $40). Wowzers. Outstanding cab-dominant bdx blend from the Columbia Valley. It doesn't show up on the FWAGS site, went back and grabbed a few more.
Author J2K
#11  Posted: Jun 4, 2018 22:59  

I believe I had that Arbor Crest a few years ago and didn’t enjoy it. Perhaps some age has helped
Author Mark
#12  Posted: Jun 5, 2018 19:54  

2013 Failla Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard
Code # 42865
Originally $51.99 now $31.19

Thanks to bigred for turning me on to Failla several years ago. Love their Sonoma Coast Pinot and Chard, this was the first single vineyard/Napa wine I’ve had from them. Melon, lemon, honeysuckle, some oak, good acidity, very nice! “Only” 13.7% ABV which is a plus.

Just 10 bottles left in Philly, store 5133, and 7 bottles in store 6518 in North Huntingdon. That’s all, folks!
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