2013 Vina Maipo Vitral Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Vina Maipo Vitral Sauvignon BlancSometimes I forget about the white wines from South America, and this one that I purchased at my Costco for only $8.79 reminded me of the great value you can get from whites (and reds) from this area.

We prepared some Mahi and Brussel spouts on a hot Atlanta day, and this wine was perfect before, during and I would say after, the meal except it didn’t last that long (we moved on to a more expensive Paso white blend that we didn’t enjoy as much as this wine).  This is a perfect hot weather/seafood wine.  It has the intense citrus, grapefruit, pineapple flavors you expect from a Sauvignon Blanc, but it has a bit more depth and dimension, thanks to a touch of wood influence and crisp acidity.

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Segura Viudas Brut Cava

Segura Viudas Brut CavaThis is a fun find at Costco for $7.99.  It’s a nice summer bubbly, more on the dry end, perfect for before or after a meal. And it’s a much more affordable option compared to pricey Champagne, which I still love, just can’t afford all the time.  It’s nice to substitute a bottle like this or a nice Prosecco and rotate in a Champagne now and then as a real treat.

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2014 Fess Parker Chardonnay Santa Barbara

Photo Aug 08, 12 00 53 PMIt takes an unusually talented cowboy to make an excellent wine in Santa Barbara – or so it would appear.   Take Fess Parker – actor who became famous portraying Daniel Boone on television for seven years.   After that acting gig, he purchased farmland in Santa Ynez Valley and began producing wine.   He ended his acting career shortly after the Daniel Boone series ended and took up winemaking.  Remarkably – he created some very good wine.  Even five years after his death at the ripe old age of 85, his winery continues to produce notably good wine.   His winery specializes in chardonnay and pinot – these folk know what they are doing.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #25

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #25

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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2014 Au Contraire Russian River Chardonnay

2014 Au Contraire Chardonnay

As we continue our summer Chardonnay scouting expedition, we’ve come across a particularly nice Chardonnay value in the Costco aisles.  This was a shy and skittish selection – the bottles were tucked away in the Chardonnay aisle with literally nothing drawing attention to it.  Yet, it’s sort of a big deal: it is the first US brand developed by the Taub family, owners of leading importer Palm Bay International.  Grown in the Russian River area, and winemaker Tom Hinde has done an admirable job creating a Burgundy type wine (although without the minerality).  The wine is divided between tank and barrel (French oak, 30% new) And the price is right at just under $13.   (it sells for between $14-17 in other wine stores)

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2013 Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages

2013 Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone VillagesKirkland Signature wines historically offer a nice bang for the buck (like most Kirkland items at Costco), and the KS Cotes du Rhone Villages always seems to lead the way in terms of unbelievable value since it is priced at only $6.99.  You just can’t find wines from this region priced that low so I highly recommend seeking this one out.  And I’ve already heard from a few readers, and our contributor Josh, who have found and enjoyed this wine.

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2012 Freemark Abbey Merlot

2012 Freemark Abbey MerlotI’ve been slacking a bit on reviewing some Merlots and thought this bottle from Freemark Abbey would be a nice way to get going again.  I love their Cabernet Sauvignons, and really want to try some of the straight Cab Francs they’re putting out.  But I found the Merlot at Costco.  Price was $28.99 which is pretty good since I’ve seen this one closer to $35 before ($35 is full retail.  Wine.com has it for $27).

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A To Z Oregon Pinot Noir (A Vertical Tasting, 2012 and 2013)

a to z vert 2[Reviewed by Josh L]

Recently I had the rare – and accidental – opportunity to do a “vertical” tasting after buying two bottles of wine at Costco. In the store, I wasn’t fully paying attention, and after arriving home, I learned that I had one each of the 2012 and 2013 vintages of the A to Z Pinot Noir.

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2013 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir

2013 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot NoirThis is a signature Sonoma Russian River Pinot at a pretty good price at Costco.  I bought it for $15.99, but I’ve seen it going closer to $20 at most other outlets.  I thought it was right in line at the $16 mark, not more, not less.  It’s a light and easy drinking wine.  A nice food companion for almost anything (we enjoyed with Costco’s Wild Sockeye Salmon, which I can’t get enough of this time of year).

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2012 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay

2012 Neyers Carneros Chardonnay

I’m a big fan of this Chardonnay.  It just hits me right on every accord, and I’ve heard from quite a few readers who have also enjoyed previous vintages.  So to see the 2012 pop up was a real treat.

It pours a medium yellow; aromas of citrus and a bit of oak.  Mid-end palate is really where I think this wine shines.  The citrus flavor turns to more of a butter, butterscotch toward the finish, surrounded by just enough oak to add another layer of complexity.  Long finish.  A bit of minerality towards the end.  But butterscotch being the key element, and one that I don’t normally gravitate to, but somehow they pull it off.  This is a great food wine too.  We paired with some of the wild sockeye salmon that’s at Costco right now (Copper river made its run by the wild sockeye is really good too.  And the prices are unbeatable).

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