2014 Kirkland Signature Pauillac Bordeaux

2014 Kirkland Signature Pauillac BordeauxYou can always tell the premium Kirkland wines by the slight tint of gray in the label, so I spotted this one from a distance. I also have been on the look out for it since several readers have posted pictures on Facebook asking for a review.  And I am big a fan of Pauillac Bordeaux so was curious how this $22.99 offering under the Costco label would stack up.

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2015 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling 2015This time of the year, red wine gets most of the attention. When it doesn’t, Chardonnay is usually the go-to white alternative. The Costco wine department is saturated with Chardonnays. I counted once, and there were twenty-nine different California Chardonnays available in one club. This is why the Pewsey Vale ‘Eden Valley’ Dry Riesling is a diamond in the rough, and a breath of fresh air for white wine drinkers. Also, at $13.99 a bottle, it’s a great value.

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2011 Orben Rioja

2011 Orben RiojaWhat a wine this is, Wow.  The nose really starts things off.  Wait until you get a load of this nose.  The aromas jump out of the glass in a very unique combination of Wrigley mint gum and an herbal garden.  I don’t think I’ve ever smelled a wine quite like this before, and I like it.

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Secret Wine Shopper: A Price Comparison of Total Wine vs Costco

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The 2004 La Rioja Alta 904 Grand Reserva at Total Wine for $52.99

I’ve been wanting to publish this story for quite a while now, but I finally got around to spending some time inside Total Wine to track down their prices on the same bottles being offered by Costco (which in my case is directly across the street).

Each place has their pros and cons but I think when it comes to a straight up price comparison, head to head, it’s pretty clear that Costco usually comes out on top.  Now granted, Costco doesn’t always have someone there to talk you though the wines or make suggestions (there’s a website for that), and Costco’s selection is smaller and ever changing, but let’s get into the price differences between the two and we can see where everything lands.

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2013 Firestone Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Ynez Valley

2013 Firestone Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Ynez ValleyGreat price on this bottle right now, and the wine was pretty good too. Normally $11.99, this wine has $6 off at my Costco now until Nov 27th, so at $5.99, this becomes a better buy, and really a decent everyday white to stock up on. Online, this wine sells for closer to $20, so $5.99 is a good deal.

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2014 Montes “Classic Series” Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Montes “Classic Series” Cabernet SauvignonIf you’ve been to a Costco in the last two weeks then you’re probably already aware of the latest explosion of sale wines. “Cheap Seats,” as I call them. I love all wine- let’s be honest, but cabernet sauvignon has a special place in my heart, and South American ones are usually great values. I picked up a bottle of this $6.99 (regularly $8.99) Colchagua Valley, Chilean cab, half-expecting a watered-down adult fruit punch. I decant almost everything, and as I poured this down the neck of my decanter, I was pleasantly surprised by the dark opaqueness of it.

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2016 Costco Thanksgiving Wine Picks

Thanksgiving is always an interesting holiday to me when it comes to wine picks.  A typical Thanksgiving meal has many different flavors going on and it’s really hard to zero in on one style of wine that can handle them all.

As I think about this more now, having done a few yearly Thanksgiving picks, I think people should go with whatever wine they enjoy drinking the most, almost regardless of the varietal or region.  Red or white, young or old, Old World or New World, it might not be perfect, but it might be enjoyable to you, and that’s what counts in this wine journey we are all on.  Have fun this year, and try some new wines.  And of course let us know what you think in the comments below.

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2013 Ferrari-Carano Merlot

2013 Ferrari-Carano MerlotI found a great buy on this wine at Costco.  The normal Costco price of $18.99 beats almost anything I found online, but this week in the store I found it with a $6 discount, putting the final price at $12.99, or about half of what you will find it for online.  The big question from there is what kind of wine are we talking about?  Well, I’m pleased to say it’s a nice one; pleasant, fruity, easy drinking, all around a very good wine at this exceptional price.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #40

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #40

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

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2012 Metz Road Monterey Pinot Noir

2012 Metz Road Monterey Pinot Noir[Some quick tasting notes on this one from contributor Josh L as this is a great price on a good wine]

Very soft cork (well stored). Seems like one of their “fire sale” buys (expiring vintage like Far Niente chard. Color has slight tinge of brown (probably due to age).

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