Michael, the cooking and wine expert at my local HEB, watched me pick up a budget-priced Vinho Verde from Portugal. "Do you drink champagne?" he said.
He must have seen the look on my face. "Well, the wine department is closing out Roederer Estate at $8.08 a bottle. If you're interested I'll show you where it is."
I may not remember my next door neighbor's name but I know the retail price range of my favorite wines, and Roederer Estate runs $18-$22 in our area.
So I picked myself off the floor and we trotted three aisles over. In a surgical strike, I liberated all the orphans on that shelf, including two Mumm Brut non-vintage standing with the Roederer Estate.
Then I trundled my cart to the checkout counter before the authorities could change their minds.
And yes, it was a good day.
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