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Re: “Ver Brugge

Not only a great variety of items available, but amazing customer service! Even if you come in not knowing exactly what you're looking for, their amazing team will help you find the perfect items. Ask for Peter G--he's the best!!

Posted by Laura Brenneman on 02/25/2015 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Vintage Berkeley

You must go see this ! A rare chance !

Posted by Kensington Ca on 03/06/2012 at 9:26 PM

Re: “The Wine Mine

I say that all the time! Everytime someone tries to hit off my bottle, I scream, "Hey, hey, hey! The wine mine!"

Posted by Lawngun on 09/02/2011 at 3:03 PM

Re: “The Wine Mine

I LOVE the Wine Mine! Plenty of interesting, tasty wines and friendly, knowledgeable advice for picking the right ones for my preferences. I've gotten so many spectacular reds for embarrassingly low prices--that means more bottles brought home. The $1 Saturday tastings are a fun way to explore new wines and run into like-minded people and banter using our meager or prodigious oenophile talents. You're a fool if you aren't buying your wine here!

Posted by Laurie on 08/27/2011 at 8:50 AM

Re: “The Wine Mine

LOVE the Wine Mine! Fun on Saturdays and great selection. David and staff are so helpful, not only will they help you pick the wine, but I'd bet they could recommend the food to go with it and tell you how to make it!

Posted by Me! on 08/18/2011 at 2:04 PM

Re: “The Wine Mine

Best place to buy wine - Best place to taste wine - Best place to get advice.
David and his crew are making wine shopping fun.

Posted by Fred on 08/11/2011 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Teacake Bake Shop

all about it...

Posted by BottomFeederz on 10/27/2010 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Dashe Cellars

First time i had this wine was @ Alamo Square Restaurant in SF 5 years ago. It was very good! 2 years ago, went tasting @ their location in Oakland & had a very good time! Their wines are very good & have surpassed Rosenblum in quality. I would highly recommend this local winery!

Posted by Celestial1 on 10/13/2010 at 5:47 PM

Re: “A Donkey and Goat Winery

Great wine and good people. I love their Mourvedres.

Posted by joey177 on 07/16/2010 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Garré Vineyard and Winery

Wow! I can't believe this place. A tasting room, awesome food and live music.
Love the Sav Blac. What a great place to go for a romantic, fun place that is so local.


Posted by Almostbianca on 06/15/2010 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Monterey Fish Market

Excellent place for fresh fish. I bought sardines there and they were perfect. I w/ return for more fish soon.

Posted by jjlasne on 12/01/2010 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Grocery Outlet

A great resource for those in Berkeley on a budget, and one of the better closeout stores I've experienced. How many times have I been in a Big Lots wishing they had more food and less "stuff?" Grocery Outlet solves this problem.

I think Grocery Outlet must really save some people's asses who are actually poor, and not just on a budget. (Hint: if you can afford to care about eating organic, sustainable, local, or eliminating any particular ingredient for health/environment reasons, as opposed to just trying to put food on the table at all, you're not that poor.) I really wish I'd had one of these in 2002-3 when I was putting groceries on my credit card lest I bounce the rent check. Even for those of us who can afford to be a little pickier -- I try not to do high-fructose corn syrup or bovine growth hormone myself, which does drive up my overall grocery budget -- there are good deals to be had here.

Produce here, like in Chinatown in any city, should be cooked relatively quickly. The meat isn't gonna be grass-fed and grade A, but the situation is the same if you buy a big tube of cheap beef at Safeway. I've really been quite satisfied with the things I've bought here.

The stock is variable (treasure hunt!) but there do seem to be some staples you can rely on always being there. I mean, let's talk CHEAP coffee beans, and big jugs of vinegar, and lots of wine. I wish I knew enough to pick a bottle of wine on criteria other than "style I like that's $4 or less." Maybe someday.

Posted by jmuehlbauer on 04/05/2010 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Rosenblum Cellars

In the past, I would've given Rosenblum 4 stars. However, they were sold about 2 years ago to a large Napa owned company & the wines haven't been the same since! My friends & I have been coming to Rosenblum for over 7 years. We watched the open house Parties go from medium to overcrowded in 4 years (before sale). Once the new owners took over, the Open House events went up by about $10, most of the wines are bitter & very dry (even reds) & there's less food served. We went from buying cases@these events to buying a couple of bottles. That says a lot for the 30-early 40 crowd!

Posted by Celestial1 on 10/13/2010 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Rosenblum Cellars

I second the previous reviewer. It was a great place, even a five star place. Staff was great, it was always great to drop by.
Now you get a meager 4 tastings for the money. If they have wine on sale, that does not mean it is for taste (what sense does that make?), no deviation from the tastting menu anymore. Most wine got mediocre. I am no longer a member and won't buy there anymore.

Posted by fmoehl6e1c on 04/06/2011 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Prime Smoked Meats

I just learned of your closure this morning! OMG! This is devastating news. We always buy your smoked boneless ham every Christmas. This year my Aunt who has cancer cannot come here so I wanted to surprise her/her family and mail the ham to them in Wisconsin. Can you tell me where I can purchase a Ham that is VERY similar to yours? I am just sick that you are gone! Please advise and Merry Christmas to you all. Thanks, Sue Cannon. Tel: 707-528-1110. Email:

Posted by susancannon on 12/11/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Urban Legend Cellars

Terrific array of well priced and food friendly wines, nicest staff, great wine makers and a very user friendly wine club make this a stand out in the growing number of great east bay wineries.

Posted by Jennifer Easton on 07/01/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Two Mile Wines

Amazing stuff. Now will even be making Gin!

Posted by Katherine Sawyer on 06/28/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Star Grocery

The Star Grocery is the oldest family run business in Berkeley. Opened in 1922 and still going strong!

Posted by Lisa Bruce on 06/27/2015 at 7:48 AM

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Posted by Janine San Juan on 06/25/2015 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Big White House Winery

Big Reds for some along with Peach sparkling for others. Barrel tasting most weekends.

Posted by Jon Spalding on 06/23/2015 at 2:40 PM

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