A Preview of My Latest Project for CostcoWineBlog Readers

CostcoWineBlog was founded on a whim.  I shop at Costco regularly and love buying wine there so I started to write about it online.  For six years I’ve been writing wine reviews regularly, and we’ve created this awesome community of people who love finding new wines to enjoy from Costco.

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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2012 Kirkland Willamette Valley Pinot NoirIt was a pleasant surprise to come across this bottle from Costco’s Kirkland label.  They’ve really expanded their reach to include a wider selection of wines from numerous prestigious wine growing areas around the globe.  So I would advise to take note on your next trip to Costco.  You might be surprised what you find.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #21

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #21Doug 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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Atlanta Launch Party and Book Signing Event (w free wine)

If you’re in the Atlanta area, we are hosting a launch party and book signing event for our new book, Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the ‘Land of Wine’

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Room & Board
Westside Provisions
1170 Howell Mill Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(plenty of free lot parking available)
There will only be a limited number of books on-site for purchase, so please consider ordering in advance. Order Decoding Italian Wine.  Candoni will be providing the following wines for sampling while supplies last: 1) Tenuta Polvaro Lison Classico

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2013 Kirkland Signature Series Oakville Merlot

2013 Kirkland Signature Series Oakville MerlotThere are quite a few Kirkland Signature Series bottles available at my Costco right now that have really grabbed my attention.  I just reviewed and loved the Signature Series Mendoza Malbec.  During my most recent visit, I found this Oakville Merlot, along with two other Kirkland Signature Series wines I’m really excited about: a 2012 Napa Cabernet and a 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot.  Look for those in forthcoming reviews.

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2011 Bosco Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

2011 Bosco Montepulciano d'AbruzzoDecent value here (only $8.99 a bottle) in a satisfyingly simple, everyday drinker.  There’s really nothing to not like, except perhaps a little old world dustiness that may turn off a few drinkers.  But I think this a pretty interesting wine for the money, and a good example of what you can get in this region for less than $10.

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2011 Kirkland Signature Series Mendoza Malbec

2011 Kirkland Signature Series Mendoza MalbecThis is one of those wines that just highlights why shopping for wine at Costco is such a pleasure.  I’ve had several readers comment on the standard (non signature series) Kirkland Malbec which is about half the price of this one ($8.99 for the regular Kirkland Malbec vs $18.79 for Kirkland Signature Series that I review here) and everyone felt that was a winner.  So I wanted to move a little further upstream and see what the Signature Series wine brought to the table.  And I thought this was a killer wine for the money; an easy addition to our Top Picks list of great wines at the warehouse right now.

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2006 Canonica a Cerreto Sandiavolo Toscana

2006 Canonica a Cerreto Sandiavolo ToscanaI couldn’t wait to try this wine.  It had so many things going for it.  2006 vintage so it had some age.  A perfect blend of 34% Sangiovese, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.  And I’m hot for Super Tuscans at the moment, particularly those that fall into that $20-$30 range where you can find some real gems.  And I thought this was a major score for $23.99.

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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red

kirklandRedHow can you tell a good wine from an excellent wine?  One of our tests is to take them on a marathon and see how they perform.   In this case, we ran with two Kirkland Signature wines: the 2012 Signature Merlot and Columbia Valley Red  (which is pretty close to Bordeaux blend, with cabernet, merlot and syrah anchoring the blend).    The course was four days long.  We had reviewed the Merlot in 2014 and we knew it was a decent competitor to the slightly higher priced Columbia Valley Red.

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2013 Domaine de Chene-Colombe Macon Villages

2013 Domaine de Chene-Colombe Macon VillagesI first came across this wine in the 2011 vintage about 10 months ago, so was happy to see the 2013 appear at my Costco.  After I reviewed the 2011 back in May of 2014 I had several readers write in that they really enjoyed this wine, and agreed with my take that this was a pretty good White Burgundy at a fair price ($14.89 this year vs $13.99 last year).

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