Friday, September 14, 2007

Diamond in the Rough Sale

If you get your fill of those big catalog tastings in the spring, Kahn's Diamond in the Rough sale is always a nice change. This is a catalog tasting that's more like a game than a sales pitch (although, hey, it's a sales pitch.) Jim Arnold sets up 75 or so wines for tasting that distributors are ready to liquidate at high discount. This includes wines that are overstocked, discontinued, have label changes (or problems), and even tag ends of small case lots from some of the smaller houses. (Ask me about the case of Vinum Red Dirt Red we scored last year.) Discounts are heavy and if you really look, you'll find some good buys. (A couple of years ago I scored a lovely case of Chateau Potelle Cab. The issue? All the back labels had come off.)

They sell by the case only and there's no guarantee that they'll be able to fill your whole order on some wines. But it's still great fun to look for your own diamond. It's also a great way to stock up for holiday parties or go with a wine drinking friend and split your order! This year's new venue should prove interesting (at the Kahn's store on Keystone) and your ticket price includes a good spread of food as well.

Diamond in the Rough wine sale
6:30-9:00 p.m.
@ Kahn's Superstore on Keystone
$20 in advance/$25 at the door.

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