2014 Black Box Valle Central Chile Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Black Box Valle Central Chile Cabernet SauvignonI know, boxed wine…you pass right by it in the aisle because it can’t be any good, right?  I have to say, I’ve found many of them, including this Black Box Cabernet from Costco, to be alright, provided you understand what you’re buying and why you’re buying it.

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8 Secrets to Scoring Wine Deals at Costco

[I contributed the following story to TheDailyMeal.com.  This is a good overview on things to keep in mind whenever you are buying wine, or many other things, at Costco.]

8 Secrets to Scoring Wine Deals at Costco

When buying wine at Costco, you’ll want to get the most bang for your buck
by Andrew Cullen

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There’s nothing quite like the “Costco Hunt” — the search for products that are abundantly in stock one day and completely gone the next. Once these products disappear, they become almost legendary, discussed among shoppers with a mystique about having once existed. That’s part of the reason people stand in front of Costco stores waiting for them to open on a daily basis.

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2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

2004 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904After I tasted and reviewed the 2001 vintage of this wine just a few months ago, I went back to Costco to buy more.  At $40 I thought this was the steal of all steals and pretty much said as much in my review, giving it a nice 93 point rating (Parker has gone 96 pts on these wines).  But when I arrived at my Costco all of the 2001 bottles were gone and they only had the 2004.  Tip: the 2001s have a red band on the top around the neck while the 2004s have a gold band.

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2012 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2012 Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon Napa ValleyBeaulieu is one of the grande dames of California winemaking – they’ve been producing world-class wines since before most of us were born.   And these folks know how to make cabernet wines – their George LaTour line of $100+ wines consistently garner great reviews.   In the past, they’ve sold their entry level Rutherford cab wines at Costco, along with their mid-priced Tapestry wine.

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2010 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di Montalcino

2010 Kirkland Signature Series Brunello di MontalcinoThis Kirkland Brunello has been one of the most talked about wines among our readers and now that I finally found it at my local Costco, I can jump into the conversation and state that I’m in complete agreement, and this is clearly one of the best buys in Costco stores today. If you’re a fan of Italian reds, you already know Brunellos rarely come in this price range ($24.99) so it’s even more impressive to find one at that price that is really good too.

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2013 Dobbes Family Estate Crater View Vineyard Rogue Valley Grenache Blanc

Dobbes Family Estate Crater View Vineyard Rogue Valley Grenache Blanc I’m a huge fan of Grenache and Grenache Blanc.  In France’s Rhone Valley and Spain, the grapes thrive and produce wines that I’ve always enjoyed, as regular readers of this site will note.  What we’ve seen in the last 5-7 years is more winemakers on the West Coast begin to put serious effort behind their Grenache offerings, and the output from my experience has been wholly worth while.  That’s certainly the case in this Grenache Blanc from Dobbes Family Estate in Oregon with grapes grown a bit further south in the state from their other offerings.

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CostcoWineBlog Joins The Daily Meal’s Culinary Content Network

Logo_The_Daily_MealRegular readers may have noticed a slight change to the design of the site recently.  There is a new top header that features links to The Daily Meal, one of the largest food and beverage sites on the Web today.  The editors at The Daily Meal invited us to be a part of their content network as they thought our reviews and the community we’ve built would be a good fit with their focus and like-minded audience.

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2010 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva

2010 Kirkland Signature Rioja ReservaI finally found it at my Costco – the Kirkland Rioja that so many readers have been raving about.  I’m a little late to the ball game on this one, and several readers have posted tasting notes on this wine in the comments sections of our other reviews.  And I’m thrilled to finally be able to chime in on the dialogue and we can use this post to discuss the wine further in the comments below.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #30

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #30

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

Posted in Costco Wine Cartoons

Fonseca Bin No 27 Port

fonseca 12_79 1229I’m pretty inconsistent with my port consumption, but I love them more every time I indulge.  After a big meal, there is just nothing quite like sitting down with the gentle sweetness of a decent glass of port.  The $12.79 price tag at Costco on this bottle is by far the lowest I’ve ever seen.  Even online the price ranges from $16-$18, so it’s certainly a good buy if you enjoy Port.

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Posted in Other Red

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