5 Memorial Day Costco Wine Suggestions

Regardless of how you’re spending this Memorial Day weekend, whether you’re boating, camping, picnicking, hiking, grilling or just sitting around in the backyard, if you’re a reader of this site then a glass of wine is also likely somewhere in those plans.

So I wanted to list a few good, summery, warm weather wines that I thought would be fun to have over the weekend.  Some of these were reviewed months ago, but I am including them because I’ve seen them in stock on my Atlanta area Costco stores this week, so I hope you are able to find them too.

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2014 Kirkland Signature Series Premier Cru Chablis

2014 Kirkland Signature Series Premier Cru ChablisWhen this bottle hit Costco stores, I received countless emails from readers wanting to get our take on it.  Sorry we were slow to the party here, but for some reason I couldn’t find this wine at any of my Atlanta Costco stores (I’m also looking for the ’14 KS Chateauneuf that I’ve heard is also out right now).  Then all of a sudden I found this wine everywhere.  So I’m happy to bring you my report.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #34

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #34
Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of THE FINAL PRESIDENT.

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2009 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva

2009 Bodegas Montecillo Rioja ReservaThis is not only an excellent price on this particular bottle from Costco (it’s $19 elsewhere online and probably more in other wine shops), but at $10.99 it’s a bargain price for a Reserva Rioja.  This is why I love Spanish wine; the quality to price ratio is off the charts right now.

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2014 Domaine Vincent Delaporte a Chavignol Sancerre

2014 Domaine Vincent Delaporte a Chavignol SancerreThis is a lovely expression of Sauvignon Blanc from France’s Loire Valley.  The wine is clean, crisp and bright, bursting with citrus fruit flavor, a little acidic bite and a lasting finish.  When you find Sancerre priced like this ($19.99) you might want to scoop it up.  I’ll likely be making a return trip to have a few more on hand for summer.

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Great Australian Value Wines that You’ll Never Find in the U.S.

Australia's McLaren Vale

Australia’s McLaren Vale

[CostcoWineBlog contributor Michael recently returned from a trip down under where he toured and experienced many of Australia’s awesome wineries.  Here’s a report on some of the standout wines he found on his journey]

Alas, some of the best Australian wine values are exceedingly difficult for U.S. consumers to experience because they aren’t exported to our country. And that’s a shame because Australian winemakers have ventured far beyond shiraz and, for the last decade, have grown and produced some excellent varietals. But due to a combination of high U.S. tariffs and an Asian market that loves Australian wines, the outstanding Aussie wines just aren’t making it to the U.S.

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2012 Chateau Grand Jean Bordeaux Superieur

2012 Chateau Grand Jean Bordeaux SuperieurFor an everyday table wine, I thought this was a pretty good buy.  It was $7.89, and I was looking for an easy red for my wife and I to sip on while we grilled some BBQ chicken and vegetables.  This one fit the bill quite nicely, as so often Bordeaux can.

It’s a simple wine, light purple on the pour with a nose of wild berries and spice.  Medium to full in body with a red fruit profile, sour cherry and plum, some leather and a healthy dose of acidity.  Finishes ok, maybe a little fast.  There’s nothing unpleasant about this wine at any point.  At this price, it’s a great value buy and the perfect everyday drinker, or second bottle when you want something easy and versatile.

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2013 Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2013 Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot NoirPinot noir fans take note of this one.  Costco’s price is $22.99 and the wine is worth every penny (Wine.com sells it on sale for $29).  This is a lovely Pinot that pours dark and rich in the glass, leading you to believe it’s an entirely different wine.  But once you get into it, it’s rich, yes, but gentle and elegant.  I really enjoyed this one all around.

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5 Must Read Books About Wine

book-wine1-615x460I don’t have a formal wine education and while I’ve thought about pursuing a certification of some sorts, I have acquired my limited (I think wine is a lifelong journey) but growing knowledge of wine through reading books, sampling wines and sharing wine experiences with other people (and readers of this site), especially those who are more knowledgeable than me.

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2014 Soledad Ucles Solmayor Tempranillo

2014 Soledad Ucles Solmayor TempranilloJust a heads up, I’m working on a book about Spanish wines as part of my Decoding Wine Series, so I’m going to be scooping up as many as I can find at Costco and in particular, will be looking for those from smaller, more diverse regions within Spain.  I am a big fan of Spanish wines, and believe right now, that they offer some of the best quality, style and value in the world of wine.  At $6.99, which about as cheap as a bottle gets, even at Costco, I figured this was a good one to start with, but it ended up falling a bit flat of my expectations.

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