Where in France for booze.

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  1. TUCANO

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    Being a non drinker I have never needed to know of outlets for the stuff however, I am soon going to France with my two sisters who are a wee bit partial to drinking :drink: and intend to bring as much back as I will let them :whistle:
    So basically, a question for the knowledgeable drinkers please, where is the easiest/best place to buy the stuff as we return via Calais.
    Many thanks in advance. :notworthy2:
    Norman.
     
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    Lidls or similar. I've tried a wine warehouse type place once, never again. Vast range but no one could have tasted them. Big supermarkets generally only stock stuff which is drinkable. :)
     
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    Two sisters partial to a drink. First question, are they married. Second question, how old are they. Third question, would you like me as a brother in law :).
     
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    You would want ME as a brother in law :Eeek:
     
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    Carrefour, at cite Europe, just over the fence from the tunnel departure, cheap as anywhere, stock everything, and you can stay on the car park for the night if you want!
     
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    Check out Pidou web site drinks you'll recognise at reasonable Price's and a good exchange rate.If you pay using a Halifax card choose to pay in Euros you'll get an even better rate.
     
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    Calais wine superstore, they have a tasting room and really good selection especially Good NZ wine.
     
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    Lidl & Aldi only stock a limited range of wine and we have not been impressed with them. We find Auchan does one of the best ranges depending on where we are we stock up at Dieppe, Boulogne or Dunkirk, avoid the one at Calais to many illegals around.
     
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    Majestic in calais can pre-order they will pick it ready on a trolley and often vouchers available for money off depending on the spend and possibly some money off the crossing. Auchan next door if needed and petrol station ( its the one near the tunnel we use)
     
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    We have found that it's worth a little diversion away from where the tourists frequent. There's a little town called Guines, just to the South West of Calais, with a couple of supermarkets, and mostly French shoppers. Great value wines to be had, plus cheaper fuel!!
     
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    Never seen illegals at Auchan only coppers by the dozen. They use it as their watering hole when they're relieved from tunnel duties.

    We buy most of our wine in Lidl or Auchan.

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    I bought 12 cartons of rose wine in Lidl yesterday on the way to the ferry in Santander 59cents each bargain should last me a year. I usually drink echo falls at £5.99 a bottle when in the uk, what a difference.

    Oops, that's Spain, sorry!
     
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    I am really surprised no one else recomends carafour at cite Europe they have every wine you can think of from 1 euro a bottle, easy to get to excellent mh parking, can stay the night, just round the corner from the tunnel, can't fault it(y):)
     
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    Ditto and I prefer bottles myself, huge choice at good prices even Scottish Whisky is cheaper than here
     
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    I'm quite happy to pay between €4 and €8 per bottle and over time we tend to know the ones we like.
    Similar wines here would be 3 times the price.
    The drinks warehouses tend to stock a lot of foreign wines just like here so little point if you want French
     
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    Another vote for Carrefour in Cite Europe. So easy for the tunnel and Autoroute.

    We always stay on their car park first and last night. Quiet and no problems. They now have a 24 hour garage that is accessible to motorhomes with cheap diesel and LPG, as well as a dump point and water fill facility. What's not to like?
     
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    The problem I've found is that French supermarkets seem to stock a different selection from town to town. I'd buy a bottle in one town and like it but having moved on, I failed to find it at my next visit. So I came up with a plan, that worked on our last trip. As our first and last nights are a Boulogne, which is also our fuel stop (50.732418, 1.668253) we bought a selection of 8 bottles in the Auchan there and sampled them during our trip. Each was rated out of ten, by the time we were back in Boulogne we have one rated 9 and two at 8. I took a picture of them with the iPad, and took the iPad into the store to ensure I got the exact same wines. That was the red sorted, I intend to do same with the white when to cross later this week.
     
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    Good idea. My problem is that I prefer Italian white wines. And French supermarkets have a poor selection of "vins etranger" (foreign wines).
     
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    likewise.. so can't help.. ;)

    buy in Aldi when you get home.. :LOL:
     
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