2012 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento Malbec

2012 Bodega Cuarto Dominio Chento MalbecMassive bargain here.  Great wine at an amazing price.  For anyone who’s ever written to me and said they can’t find the wines we review at their local Costco, I really hope you can find them all someday, but I really really hope you can find this one.  At only $13.89 at Costco, it is half the price you will find it at other outlets.  If you live in Atlanta you better move fast, because I’ve likely scooped them up already.  This just became my go to red.

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2014 Duckhorn Napa Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Duckhorn Sauvignon BlancHere’s a great summer pleaser, and a wine I’ve always enjoyed in large part because it’s made in a white Bordeaux style with a bit of Semillion in the blend.  This creates a wine that’s still packed with flavor but the lower acidity and extra body of the Semillion keeps the “puckerness” under control, which I prefer, plus I find that it pairs better with a wider range of meals (we enjoyed this wine with chicken tacos and it was great on a hot summer day).

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2012 Frank Family Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Frank Family CabernetI was grilling some NY Strips on the Big Green Egg and was looking for a nice, a little higher end, Napa Cab to pair with the steaks, and decided on the Frank Family, from a great year in Napa, 2012, and it was just a bottle that I have been itching to drink for a while.  I’ve had Frank Family wines in the past, have always enjoyed them, particularly at their price points, and I was really curious about the ’12 Cabernet.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #36

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #36

Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of THE FINAL PRESIDENT.

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2008 Terra D’Uro Seleccion Toro

2008 Terra D'Uro Seleccion ToroThis is a big one, bold, loaded with flavor and a great buy in my opinion for $17.79 at my local Costco.  I’m just drawn to these Spanish wines now as I continue to find incredible value, and this one is a great example of the caliber of wine you can score from Spain for under $20.

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2012 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Hall CabernetThis is a big and bold Cabernet that really does a nice job of capturing the essence of the bountiful ’12 vintage in Napa (which is one of my favorites, maybe a slight step behind ’10, but we’ll leave that for personal preferences). These ’12 Napa Cabs are still a bit young, and while this wine was incredibly enjoyable now, it would be even better in just a few more years.

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2009 Benjamin Romeo Predicador Rioja

2009 Benjamin Romeo Predicador RiojaI’ve wanted to buy this bottle at Costco for some time, and finally pulled the trigger.  The label is unforgettable, and I heard that Costco’s $26 price was a steal.  Turns out that it is.  If you Google this wine, you’ll see online outfits selling it for closer to $40 with more recent vintages priced more than that.  I was hoping for a nice elegant Rioja with a little age on it, and that’s exactly what I got.  It’s a fantastic buy at this price, tasting almost as good as the La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904s that I love so much and those are priced around $40 at Costco right now.

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2009 Antano Rioja Reserva

2009 Antano Rioja ReservaThis is a “go to Costco now and stock up” wine.  Only $8.49 and tastes like a $20 Rioja.  I’m frankly floored at how good of a buy this is, perhaps one of the best values I’ve encountered at Costco in some time.  And of course it’s from Spain, where I believe some of the best overall wine values can be found.  Rioja in particular is a hotbed for these inexpensive wines that taste like they cost much more.

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5 Must Watch Movies About Wine You May Have Missed

I wanted to make a list of a few good films and documentaries about wine that I’ve been surprised more people haven’t seen. So here’s a quick list along with my comments.  Enjoy, and please include other wine films in the comments that you feel are worth sharing.

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2013 Franciscan Napa Valley Merlot

2013 Franciscan Napa Valley MerlotIt’s been a little while since I’ve reviewed a Merlot (too long in fact), so I thought I’d give this one a try.  I like Franciscan wines in general, especially their Magnificat from ’07 which I had stashed in my cellar until they were consumed, much to our enjoyment, last year.  This bottle is 97% Merlot with the rest Malbec which is kind of interesting.  Price at Costco was $13.99 which is well below the bottle’s $24 retail price.  And I thought it was definitely worth the $14.

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