[WINE DEALS] For dirt-cheap pricing and a wide, deep selection of labels from around the globe, it’s the wine department at the Hollywood outpost of local big-box Fred Meyer that gets high marks from oenophiles. “We’re the largest wine department in Oregon or Washington. We have more than 3,000 different bottles,” explains assistant wine steward Jody Ruff-Harcourt. “And [the neighborhood] has a savvy clientele.” Each Fred Meyer is in charge of its own wine program, and at Hollywood, head steward Leslie Boom and her crew are friendly, crazy-knowledgeable and willing to pretty much special order cases of anything a customer desires—at 10 percent over wholesale cost. Really like a wine at a restaurant? Snap a camera-phone photo of the bottle and they’ll track it down for you. For everyday shoppers, a six-pack of mixed bottles will nab you 10 percent off at the register.
Grocery list: Nice-priced Northwest, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, French and Spanish wines.