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BevMo Five Cent Wine Sale – Top Picks from Tom’s Foodie Blog

BevMo Five Cent Wine Sale – Top Picks from Tom’s Foodie Blog

BevMo 5 cent Several times a year BevMo will launch the 5 Cent Wine Sale, although picking from a store full of unknown wines is daunting. Trust me, do not go looking for your favorite grocery store wines, let go of your wine inhibitions and try something new.  The 5 cent wine sale is a great time to try and stock up on some amazing wines at a great price.  With this sale, you buy one bottle at full price and then you purchase a matching pair of the same wine for 5 cents. I have been stocking up on wine from this sale for years and it is a great way of collecting great wines at the price of “Weekday” wine. Medical studies has proven the health benefits of wine :) Below are my favorite wines from the 5 cent wine sale. These are of course my personal favorites and everyone has their own preferences; if  you didn’t like one of my selections, its you 😉 . I split up my picks to get a blend of cheaper “Weekday Wines” and some nicer bottles perfect for Valentines Day.

Note:  The descriptions of the wine are directly from their website, so I can’t claim credit. The rating scale of the wines are from 1-100, with a score of “100” being a perfect wine. BevMo uses their own rating scale based on Wilfred Wong’s rating scale. Wilfred Wong is a veteran wine competition judge who was hired by BevMo to make sense of their wines.

Challis lane  –  This is a good weekday wine for under $10 ..Doctor’s orders.

  • Challis lane

    Challis lane

    Challis Lane Shiraz ’09 – 90 PTS WILFRED WONG. Showing quite well, the strongly fruity ’09 Challis Lane Shiraz delivers plenty on the palate; some black fruit and leather, with a fine chewiness in the end; delicious finish.  9.99

  • Challis Lane Old Vine Zinfandel ’11 – 90 PTS WILFRED WONG. Displays some elegance, the red-fruited ’11 Challis Lane Old Vine Zin plays delicately on the palate; pleasing and persistent ripe berry flavors. 9.99






Gen 5  – Delicious wine for under $15

  • Gen 5

    Gen 5

    Gen 5 Chardonnay ’11 – 92 PTS WILFRED WONG. Simply delicious, the ripe and very well crafted ’11 Gen 5 Chardonnay dances well on the palate; incredibly supple, yet dry and crisp in the finish; exceptional, core fruit notes.Michael Pozzan (one of my favorites) 14.99

  • Gen 5 Zinfandel ’10 –  93 PTS WILFRED WONG. Youthful and wild, the blackberry, almost jammy, ’10 Gen 5 Zinfandel plays rich and fine on
    he palate; bright and sassy in the finish. 14.99
  • Gen 5 Merlot ’10 – 92 PTS WILFRED WONG. Ripe and round, the smooth and really nicely layered ’10 Gen 5 Merlot shows excellent style and personality; almost silky in the finish. 14.99


Paso Creek  –  this is one of my favorite wines at BevMo and under $20.

  • Paso Creek

    Paso Creek

    Paso Creek Merlot ’07 – A well-balanced Merlot; showing off sophisticated aromas of ripe black plum and dark cherries;


ripe flavors on the palate with firm tannins, yet firm and well balanced. 17.99

  • Paso Creek Cabernet ’07 – The Paso Creek Cabernet shows ripe fruit flavors of dark plums, wild berry and cassis; nicely balanced and well structured with a long fruity finish; great to serve with bbq ribs. 17.99




Zaca Mesa  –I Wish their syrah was on sale, but their Chardonnay is also nice.

  • Zaca Mesa

    Zaca Mesa

    Zaca Mesa Chardonnay ’09 – The Zaca Mesa Chardonnay offers ripe citrus flavors with an accent of oak; finishes with fine richness and balance. 17.99









Shellback – This is a great new Zealand wine that can hand with Kim Crawford wines.

  • Shellback


    Shellback  Sauvignon Blanc ’10 – 90 PTS WILFRED WONG. This has a real yum thing going on! The ripe and up-front, fruity ’10 Shellback Sauvignon Blanc delivers excellent ripe citrus flavors; smooth and bright. 19.99








Powder Keg –  This is a great price for a high quality and juicy wine

  • PowderKeg


    Powder Keg Demolition Red ’09 – 93 PTS WILFRED WONG. The belle of the ball,  he super-rich ’09 Powder Keg Demolition Red serves up incredible fruit; brims with exceptional brightness; waltzes to the finish. 24.99

  • Powder Keg Petite Sirah ’09 – 92 PTS WILFRED WONG. Shows superb berries of all kinds, the fully-flavored ’09 Powder Keg Petite Sirah; smooth and layered on the palate; pretty red fruit ending. 19.99
  • Powder Keg Zinfandel ’09 –  91 PTS WILFRED WONG. Juicy and enticing, the ’09 Powder Keg Zinfandel delivers a whole lot of delicious fruit; pretty cranberry and raspberry, with a note of wood in the finish. 19.99



Valley of the Moon  (Favorite) – One of the best wines produced in California (According to www.TomsFoodieBlog.com)

  • Valley of the MoonPinot Noir ‘10- GOLD MEDAL, 2012 CALIFORNIA  TATE FAIR WINE COMP. Rich and expansive, the dark, deeply brooded ’10 Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir exhibits layers of flavors and textures. 24.99
  • Cabernet ’09 -The Valley of the Moon shows dark fruit, but mild tannins; medium bodied, with a nice range of ripe fruit flavors; some oak in the finish. 24.99






Michael Pouzan –  Several years ago this brand was cheap, under $15 dollars for a wine that tasted like a $50 bottle of wine. They have grown, but still have some reasonably priced wines.

  • Michael PozzanMichael Pozzan Cabernet Alexander Vly’09 – Michael Pozzan Winery Alexander Valley Cabernet is packed, with ripe fruit flavors that last nicely on the palate; firm in the finish. 24.99
  • Michael Pozzan Cabernet Sonoma ’10 – 91 PTS WILFRED WONG. An amazing transformation, the ’10 Michael Pozzan Sonoma County Cabernet is incredibly aromatic and juicy; loaded with bright cassis flavors, with just a touch of oak; a winner! 24.99


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About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.


  1. Great ideas!! Good choices!!

  2. I don’t trust anything Wong says; about 30% of Bevmo’s wines are rated 90% or above by him – so his ratings are way inflated. You can no longer find wines listed by ratings of real reviewers on the website. His tasting notes are often off. I assume he hypes the wines that they get a good deal on, to push them. Perhaps you would like to act as an independent Bevmo taster, as there is an independent Costco wine taster who has a blog.

    • I have my skepticism as well, although the good thing is that I personally have tasted each of these wines and can recommend them to my readers. I really like your idea of doing wine reviews on my blog! I might do BevMo, Costco and TotalWine.

  3. One of the BEST red wines I have ever had from BevMo was Unruly Red. It was $7 with the second bottle at 5 cents. Best deal around. Crisp and bright flavors of blackberries and plum jump out at you but with a very clean and smooth finish. Your mouth will feel like there was a party in it after a glass of this great-priced wine. DON’T let the rice scare you-yes $7.00 I have had so many compliments at my parties with this wine and you will 2.

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