2014 Costco Wine Thanksgiving Picks

It’s always difficult to find the perfect Thanksgiving wine that everyone will unanimously agree pairs perfect with the hodge podge of food and flavors that are typically served on Thanksgiving tables around the country.  I tend to opt for a variety of different wines, and enjoy tasting them all at the same time with the meal, to see what works best for me.

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2012 Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot NoirI adore this wine and it’s hard to believe it’s only $20.  Julia’s Vineyard Pinot makes an occasional appearance at Costco and it’s a must buy when it does.  Consistently year to year this Pinot overdelivers.  It’s a big balanced and interestingly complex wine for its price range.

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New Wine Book Published: Decoding Italian Wine

Today we finally published the Italian wine book we’ve been working on for the past year. It is called “Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the ‘Land of Wine.'”  This has been a fun project, and really helped me gain a deeper understanding of Italian wine and culture, which can at first seem like quite the daunting study. But once you immerse yourself, it’s an incredible journey and far less intimidating than it seems.

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2010 Cune Rioja Crianza

2010 Cune Rioja CrianzaThis is a very nice $11 Costco Rioja that is ready to drink right now.  This wine stood out to me because it was lighter in body than I expected but carried strong flavor, smooth throughout and a good finish.  Perfect to pair with almost any cuisine. There are not going to be many bottles in this price range on the Costco shelves that deliver this much value.  I would seek it out.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #16

Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of Gone With The Wine and Dining Out — Way Out!

 

 

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2003 Chateau Potensac Medoc

2003 Chateau PotensacThe following is a guest review from BernieTheWineSlut who discovered the 2003 vintage of the Chateau Potensac at Costco for only $35.  This a great Bordeaux at a great price, and one that I’ll be keeping an eye out for at my Costcos.  The last time I saw the Potensacs at Costco was the prized 2005 vintage, so you never know what you might find.  

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2013 Kirkland Signature 10-Year Tawny Port

2013 Kirkland Signature 10-Year Tawny PortLike McDonald’s McRib, Costco trots out its special Kirkland Signature 10 Year Tawny Porto every once in a while.   However, unlike the McRib, this port is both a value and very tasty.   Clear brick color, smoothly spiced with raisin, light cherry, caramel, some orange and smoke on the palate.  It ends with a wonderfully smooth finish as a refined tawny should……and a McRib never will.

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2011 Churchills Estates Douro

2011 Churchills Estates DouroRight alongside Spain in my book for value wines right now is Portugal.  It just seems like almost every bottle I buy from Portugal would satisfy me had I paid twice as much for it.  And this Douro bottle fits in that group.

This, to me, drinks like a $25-$30 wine.  It’s a big, luscious wine, and one that red wine fans will likely enjoy even if you’re not too familiar with the varietal makeup – which is (almost) even parts of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz.  The nose is permeating on this wine that pours a deep dark menacing purple.  Fruit is plentiful, dark fruit, black and blueberry flavor, with pronounced chocolate notes toward the dry, sticky finish.

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2011 Kirkland Signature Series Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Cuvee

2011 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Mountain CuveeI’m a big fan of a lot of Napa’s mountain cabs -Diamond, Howell, Spring, Atlas Peak – and they typically carry with them a price tag starting at $40 and going up from there.  So it was a nice treat to see the Kirkland Signature Series Mountain Cuvee at stores and priced at only $19.99.  And that was about what I would want to pay for it. I found it to be enjoyable and pleasant, perfect for a $20 Napa.

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2011 Gerard Bertrand Syrah-Grenache Languedoc

2011 Gerard BertrandThis red blend from France’s (Southern) Languedoc region is an excellent wine and it was only $9.99 at my Costco store.   It is a blend of Syrah and Grenache, two varietals that both thrive in the southern parts of France.  The wine is drinking at a perfect point right now, having spent a little time developing its full character, which really comes through.

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