2010 Vega Moragona La Duna Tempranillo

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The string of Spanish gems continue with this bottle that rolls in at Costco for only $11.99. I knew my odds of picking a winner went up with the “single vineyard” marking on the bottle. And sure enough, this is an excellent wine for $12, besting most others in that price range.

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Posted in Spanish

Notice re: Costco Wine Blog Mobile App for iPhone and iPad

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This is a follow up from the previous post regarding the migration to a new hosting environment for the site.  As a result of the new hosting and design, the website is now optimized for mobile devices and tablets.  All you have to do is visit www.CostcoWineBlog.com from your mobile browser and you will automatically see the mobile version of the site.  If you bookmark the site on your mobile browser you can bring it back up in a snap next time you are visiting Costco.

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CostcoWineBlog.com Update – New Site and Content Migration


This site has been up and running for more than five years, and I have been asked by a few people why I have never updated the design. The short answer is that the site worked, and I’ve learned before that if something works online, don’t mess with it. But the time has finally come for a refresher, a new design and layout that provides a host of benefits for readers.

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Posted in Uncategorized

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #9

Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of Gone With The Wine and Dining Out -- Way Out!
Posted in Costco Wine Cartoons

2012 Yaso Toro Tempranillo


I obviously had to buy this one. 93 point rated from Parker and only $10 at Costco. Plus I’m a huge fan of Toro wines since they generally deliver ridiculous value for the money. And this one follows suit, although I can’t go as high as 93 points.

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Posted in Spanish

2012 Cave de Lugny Macon-Lugny Les Charmes White Burgundy


You don’t find many white burgundies under $12 and most of them are not as good as this one. Priced at $11.99 at Costco, this is a thoroughly enjoyable expression of Chardonnay that I imagine most white wine fans will enjoy.

Bright and vibrant on the nose, this wine really lets the fruit shine through without all the oak. Flavors of pear, melon, apple dominate into a wine that is light and joyful in the mouth and closes just fine. It’s not an overly complex wine at all. Just a simple summer pleaser, and one that Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc fans will both find something to like.

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Posted in Chardonnay, French

2007 Attilio Ghisolfi Bussia Barolo


This is what Barolo is all about. It doesn’t come cheap but then few things of this quality do. This bottle was $59.99 at Costco and it truly overdelivered in terms of what I expected from a nice Barolo.

As many readers know we are working on a book about Italian wine (coming out late spring/summer hopefully) and part of the job is sampling bottles from every region of the great Italian landscape. This has been one of my favorites so far.

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Posted in Italian

2012 Kirkland Signature Oakville Merlot


Merlots are a tricky wine, in general. They often lack the depth of the cabs and the spiciness of the syrahs. Too many winemakers have transformed this versatile grape into a soft and flabby wine when it can and should be rich, elegant and a great accompaniment to good food. Sure, it may not grab your taste buds like some cabs, but it can bring out the flavors of beef or lamb like the finest sea salt or home-grown herbs.

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Posted in Merlot

2012 Casaleiro Reserva Vinho Regional Tejo Portugal


Holy smokes, this wine is a steal for only $7 at Costco. If you are not drinking wines from Portugal and Spain right now, you need to hop a country or two from where you might be tasting and experience the insane value from these regions right now.

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Posted in Other Red

La Cour Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-pape


This was a tough wine for me to review. It was not what I was hoping for. At first I chalked it up to a bad bottle, but all indications looked like I should have been smooth sailing. I’m a huge Chateauneuf fan (and a collector too), yet found this bottle to be a C grade or below of the region. At $26.99 I was hoping for a bargain gem, but found a wine that was hardly recognizable as the Chateauneufs I love so much.

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Posted in French

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