2009 Bodegas Burgo Viejo Licenciado Reserva Rioja

Bodegas Burgo Viejo Licenciado ReservaThis was an interesting find, an ’09 Reserva Rioja at Costco for $14.99.  It intrigued me in a random sort of way so I dropped it in the cart.  And it turned out to be a pretty good buy that I would recommend for fans of Spanish reds with a little age on them.

The wine pours a medium deep purple; a wonderful floral nose that just continued to open up over the several hours we enjoyed this wine; also getting violets with hints of vanilla.  This is a fun wine to sniff.

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2013 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Joel Gott Sauvignon BlancIt’s 92 degrees on a hot summer day here in Atlanta as I write this – the perfect time to crack a cool Sauvignon Blanc, and I thought this Joel Gott bottle for $9.99 would be a good fit.  And it was.

I should be honest about the fact that I’m on a bit of an anti-Sauvignon Blanc kick at the moment.  In writing our Italian wine book, and exploring different whites from the around the world, I’ve come to love those from Italy, Spain and France.  And the prices on those bottles won’t break the bank.  I’ve just found an Albarino, or a Loire bottle or a Verdicchio to offer more flavor, more complexity and really, just provide a more interesting experience.

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2013 Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir

2013 Acacia Pinot Noir - CarnerosReviewed by CostcoWineBlog.com Contributor Michael S

Ever since Sideways dissed merlot and made pinot noir the “cool red” in 2004, I’ve pretty much shunned pinot.  (I’ve never handled “cool” well). Everyone once in a while I’d enjoy a Paso Robles or Oregon pinot with a meal but, generally, I found the pinot noir to range all over the map – from red-colored water to tart Zin-wannabees.  Moreover, it seemed as though any pinot under $15 was going to be a crapshoot.

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2014 St Supéry Estate Napa Rosé

2014 St Supery Estate Napa RoséI’m a big fan of St Supéry wines so it was great to see a Rosé from them pop up at my Costco priced at $12.99.  If you’ve ever driven through Napa, you’ve likely seen their property on Highway 29 in Rutherford.  It’s a beautiful plot of land nestled in between a bunch of top wineries like Cakebread, Nickel & Nickel and Peju.

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Posted in Other Red

My Favorite Corkscrew is Only $2 And It’s Awesome, With A Catch

I’ve opened my fair share of wine bottles over the years, some new, some really old, some opened in haste, others opened with extreme care.  Finding a good corkscrew is not easy, and there’s a ton of debate over which ones are best.

I’m not going to tell you this one is the best, but I’ll tell you it’s my favorite.  And it works great with just one catch, which we’ll get to in a minute.

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Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, French, Italian, Malbec, Merlot, Other Red, Other White, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish, Syrah, Zinfandel

Candoni Prosecco Brut NV

Candoni Prosecco

Proseccos have become my go-to bubbly for most everyday occasions.  And with most Proseccos priced under $25, you really can’t go wrong.  They are crowd pleasing wines, refreshing, light and crisp.  I love them with raw oysters, most starters, shellfish and seafood, and on most days when the temperature is above 80 degrees.

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Posted in Italian, Other White

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #23

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #23

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

Posted in Costco Wine Cartoons

2013 Kirkland Signature Series Russian River Chardonnay

2013 Kirkland Signature Russian River ChardonnayLast year the Kirkland Russian River Chardonnay (2012 vintage) was a much discussed topic on the site.  I reviewed it and really enjoyed it.  One of our other reviewers Michael, felt differently, that the wine was dry and lacking real character.  So when I saw the 2013 vintage hit my Costco, I knew it had to be explored (and I look forward to Michael chiming in once again on this one once he’s had a chance to sample it).

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Posted in Chardonnay, Kirkland Label

Candoni Moscato D’Italia IGT NV

Candoni MoscatoThis is a lovely, light and refreshing summer white wine from Candoni.  Costco is selling this for $9.99 which is the lowest price I’ve seen it for (I’ve seen it as high as $16 some places).

If you already love Moscato, then dropping this one in your Costco cart is a no brainer.  You’ve probably done it already if you’ve seen this bottle at your store.  If you’re not a Moscato fan yet, this is a very nice entry point.

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2014 Kirkland Signature Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Kirkland Signature Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon BlancReviewed by Josh L

This is the first “joint venture” wine label that I can recall seeing under the Kirkland Signature brand.  While many of these wines are produced by third parties (especially the European ones), the actual label is normally 100% Costco Kirkland Signature.

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Posted in Kirkland Label, Sauvignon Blanc

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