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Published November 18, 2012, 11:36 PM

Favorite Things: Richards reveals favorite Penny Sale wines

Black Friday shopping usually brings to mind hoards of frenzied shoppers fighting over flat-screen TVs and the season’s must-have toy. But for several years, a long line also forms early on the day after Thanksgiving in an unlikely place: outside a liquor store.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

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Black Friday shopping usually brings to mind hoards of frenzied shoppers fighting over flat-screen TVs and the season’s must-have toy. But for several years, a long line also forms early on the day after Thanksgiving in an unlikely place: outside a liquor store.

Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops kicks off its semiannual Penny Sale at 8 a.m. Friday. The buy-one-get-one-for-a-penny promotion also happens each spring.

General Manager Dustin Mitzel says people used to be shy about being the first in the parking lot for the spring sale, but when the store added the November Penny Sale, being first in line became a point of pride.

It’s Black Friday for adults, Mitzel jokes.

The Penny Sale has become a favorite event for my husband and I, who enjoy wine but also pinch our pennies. We stock up twice a year, and can enjoy a better quality of wine than we’d normally afford all year long.

We’ve sought advice from our good friend, Josh, who’s worked his way up the vine branches at a few different northern California wineries and now works as an assistant winemaker. With his suggestions, we’ve honed in on several favorite wines that we buy each Penny Sale, provided they’re part of the deal. Each ends up costing less than $10 a bottle (though you do have to buy two of each kind).

I can’t promise all these wines will be part of this season’s Penny Sale. Mitzel is tight-lipped about what all will be featured (look for a list Wednesday), but does promise plenty of options in each varietal I mention.

“We typically have 240 to 275 wines listed in the newspaper ads, and depending on the Happy Harry’s location there can be another 50 to 100 wines,” he says.

The sale runs Friday through Dec. 5.

Silvertop Malbec

This Argentinian grape is another good foray into red wines. We’re also big fans of Silvertop Torrontes, a citrusy white. Regular price $10.99

Wild Vines assorted flavors

Wine snobs, turn the page. This one is just for fun. Extra fruity, Wild Vines are easy to drink and thirst-quenching, especially in the summer. And they’re extra-easy on the pocket book, coming in at $2.25 per bottle during the sale. Regular price $4.50

Lazurro Moscato d’Asti

A sparkling white wine, it’s sweet, bubbly and almost creamy on the tongue. Regular price $14.99

Carl Sittmann Riesling

We affectionately call this “Carl wine.” It’s a crisp and refreshing white. Regular price $10.99

Montevina Zinfandel

Most everyone is familiar with white zinfandel. Meet a red wine produced from the same grape. It’s a good introduction to reds, not too dry with a hint of berries. Regular price $11.99

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