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Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

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Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

Hi! We're coming for 8 days in early Sept and flying into Reno and driving to South Lake Tahoe. I enjoy "nicer" Calif chards and Italian reds and wanted to know which state has the best prices? Also, I'd appreciate suggestions about where to buy.

Thanks, Kent

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1. Re: Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

Reno probably has a Costco an Trader Joe's for good prices. However, we stay in Incline Village, NV at the lake, and love the huge choice of wines at Raley's Grocery store there. They have a bigger selections of NoCal wines than we get in Los Angeles. Raley's has a number of locations in Reno, too.

There is also a Raley's on the CA side of Stateline. I don't know the difference in tax, because we always buy in NV.

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2. Re: Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

NV sales tax is 6.5% while SLT is 7.75%.

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I like to shop at Dart Liquors which is very convenient as you are driving to South Lake Tahoe. It is located just past Lakeside Inn on the right, and before you get to the big casinos. I am not much into wines, but they seem to have a good selection. I don't know about the prices, but they are in Nevada.

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4. Re: Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

Thanks for the replies. I guess I am wondering in CA has more or less "sin tax" (if any) than NV, like gasoline. If the sales tax is the only difference, 1 or 1 1/2% isn't that big of a deal. I'll check out the Dart and theres a Raleys (I think thats the name) just inside CA at Harrahs and another large grocery store at the junction of Hwy 50 & 89.

Kendall Jackson ($11.87 at my local Atlanta Sams)is my day-in-day out chard, but Rombauer is my favorite ($26 to $29 at Whole Foods and wine stores) and I like the Italian amerones and chaintis (sp?) usually $25 to $50).

Thanks! Kent

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5. Re: Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

Raley's, Trader Joe's, Safeway, and Costco are all approximately a dollar a bottle more in Nevada. Even Two Buck Chuck is a dollar more in Nevada, not that I consider that a nicer chard.

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Thanks!

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7. Re: Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

You'll spend more on gas chasing the best prices. I've found that Costco in Reno has the best prices between all the stores mentioned above.

Although Raleys & TJ's carry more low-end wines that of course cost less.

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8. Re: Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

The Safeway stores in CA have better wine prices than Costco in Reno. I shopped both stores yesterday. Trader Joe's had Rombauer chard for $27.99, a really good price. No need to guess what I'm drinking with dinner tonight!

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spotcat,

I envy you----not really. Thanks for the tip. I can't wait to get back to Tahoe. It's been several years and I've taken to photography in a big way. Been there 12 to 15 times as a hiker and a skiier and this is the 1st time as a photographer. Can't hike Tallac like the old days but I'll give the others a shot.

Thanks again, Kent

P.S.- I'm from Atlanta and visiting western North Carolina for a few days and had to settle for KJ tonight (darnit).

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10. Re: Is wine cheaper in Nevada or California?

KENTGA, Atlanta is a beautiful city. Ohhh, your fresh peaches. I envy you every time the snow falls. Not the typical Tahoe resident, I must admit.

I'm always happy when people are interested in our local wines. Dungeness crabs, Tomales Bay oysters, sourdough bread, grilled asparagus and a dry sauvignon blanc. Add a salad of fresh mozzarella, some heirloom tomatoes, basil, and a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A Summer meal at it's best!