2012 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia

2012 Le Volte dell'OrnellaiaTo commemorate the publishing on our new book, Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the “Land of Wine,” I will be reviewing a string of what I think (and hope) will be awesome Italian wines I found at Costco in December. 

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2010 Chateau Hanteillan

securedownloadOur friends over The Fermented Fruit reviewed a Costco Bordeaux they enjoyed.  Click on over to read their review.

I’m surprised I’m just now trying the Chateau Hanteillan 2010. Considering it received a solid 92 point score from Wine Enthusiast and is frequently touted by one of my favorite wine wholesalers: Wines Til Sold Out. They offer it for half of it’s $30 retail and have marketed it as a ‘very impressive “stock your cellar” wine.’ But when I happened upon the Chateau Hanteillan 2010 in the Costco wine section at under $12, I couldn’t resist any further!

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #17

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #17

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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CostcoWineBlog.com’s Highest Rated Wines of 2014

Best of 2014At the end of every year we look back at the previous 12 months of reviews and assemble a list of the highest rated wines we enjoyed from Costco.

But first let’s take a quick look back at 2014, which was another big year for the site.  We moved to a new hosting platform and responsive design over the summer, an update that was long overdue.  We also added Michael as a contributor, and because Michael is located in San Diego, he often has the chance to explore and review different Costco wines than I do in the Atlanta area.

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2008 Villa di Capezzana Carmignano

2008 Villa di Capezzana CarmignanoTo commemorate the publishing on our new book, Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the “Land of Wine,” I will be reviewing a string of what I think (and hope) will be awesome Italian wines I found at Costco in December.  I’ll also throw in some tidbits from the book related to each wine and region. 

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2010 Manon La Lagune Bordeaux

2010 Manon La Lagune BordeauxFor those Costco shoppers that like to play “cat and mouse”, I think I’ve found a wine that Costco’s buyers tried to sneak by us. Hopefully, we can ensure that their sinister plot has failed. The evidence: A 2010 Bordeaux priced at $13.99. What I look for from a value-priced Bordeaux is a smooth, balanced wine that makes food sing and shout “oh YEAH”! I paired this Merlot-based wine with an omelette and some roast chicken. Red wine with white-wine food is a great test for a Bordeaux and this one passed the test with airborne colors. It’s packed with black fruit notes ark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid-palate the wine boasts some nice blackberries along with some notes of chocolate and mocha. It has a medium finish, which is just fine for a food-pairing wine. Bottom line: it`s a varietal Bordeaux at a good price..

The tannins offer a contrast to the fruitiness, bringing balance and structure. It is a surprisingly accommodating Bordeaux with the unassuming price. Costco wants $13.99 for this easy drinking, well-structured Merlot/Cab-based blend. From the best that we can tell, it is not available in the U.S., except through Costco. While not the best value in the world, this is a darn nice Bordeaux at a sub-$15 price. Definitely worth your attention if you are looking for a nice food-pairing wine. Your guests will think you spent $40 for this wine; only you (and Costco) will know the truth.

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2014 Costco Wine Thanksgiving Picks

It’s always difficult to find the perfect Thanksgiving wine that everyone will unanimously agree pairs perfect with the hodge podge of food and flavors that are typically served on Thanksgiving tables around the country.  I tend to opt for a variety of different wines, and enjoy tasting them all at the same time with the meal, to see what works best for me.

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2012 Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot NoirI adore this wine and it’s hard to believe it’s only $20.  Julia’s Vineyard Pinot makes an occasional appearance at Costco and it’s a must buy when it does.  Consistently year to year this Pinot overdelivers.  It’s a big balanced and interestingly complex wine for its price range.

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New Wine Book Published: Decoding Italian Wine

Today we finally published the Italian wine book we’ve been working on for the past year. It is called “Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices and Culture of the ‘Land of Wine.'”  This has been a fun project, and really helped me gain a deeper understanding of Italian wine and culture, which can at first seem like quite the daunting study. But once you immerse yourself, it’s an incredible journey and far less intimidating than it seems.

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2010 Cune Rioja Crianza

2010 Cune Rioja CrianzaThis is a very nice $11 Costco Rioja that is ready to drink right now.  This wine stood out to me because it was lighter in body than I expected but carried strong flavor, smooth throughout and a good finish.  Perfect to pair with almost any cuisine. There are not going to be many bottles in this price range on the Costco shelves that deliver this much value.  I would seek it out.

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