2009 Benjamin Romeo Predicador Rioja

2009 Benjamin Romeo Predicador RiojaI’ve wanted to buy this bottle at Costco for some time, and finally pulled the trigger.  The label is unforgettable, and I heard that Costco’s $26 price was a steal.  Turns out that it is.  If you Google this wine, you’ll see online outfits selling it for closer to $40 with more recent vintages priced more than that.  I was hoping for a nice elegant Rioja with a little age on it, and that’s exactly what I got.  It’s a fantastic buy at this price, tasting almost as good as the La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904s that I love so much and those are priced around $40 at Costco right now.

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2009 Antano Rioja Reserva

2009 Antano Rioja ReservaThis is a “go to Costco now and stock up” wine.  Only $8.49 and tastes like a $20 Rioja.  I’m frankly floored at how good of a buy this is, perhaps one of the best values I’ve encountered at Costco in some time.  And of course it’s from Spain, where I believe some of the best overall wine values can be found.  Rioja in particular is a hotbed for these inexpensive wines that taste like they cost much more.

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5 Must Watch Movies About Wine You May Have Missed

I wanted to make a list of a few good films and documentaries about wine that I’ve been surprised more people haven’t seen. So here’s a quick list along with my comments.  Enjoy, and please include other wine films in the comments that you feel are worth sharing.

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2013 Franciscan Napa Valley Merlot

2013 Franciscan Napa Valley MerlotIt’s been a little while since I’ve reviewed a Merlot (too long in fact), so I thought I’d give this one a try.  I like Franciscan wines in general, especially their Magnificat from ’07 which I had stashed in my cellar until they were consumed, much to our enjoyment, last year.  This bottle is 97% Merlot with the rest Malbec which is kind of interesting.  Price at Costco was $13.99 which is well below the bottle’s $24 retail price.  And I thought it was definitely worth the $14.

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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #35

Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #35

Doug Pike is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the author of THE FINAL PRESIDENT.

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2012 Terra Noble Colchagua Valley Cabernet

2012 Terra Noble Colchagua Valley CabernetReview by Michael S

Cabernet wines are bold, big and beautiful.   We love Cabs….and we aren’t talking about those competitors to Lyft and Uber.   Chile figured out that Cabernet wines are big sellers and went about perfecting that big, bold flavor at a much more reasonable price than many of those cabs from closer by.  Here’s the problem……they’ve got to be appreciably better than the Napa varietals in many instances.  And Terra Noble doesn’t quite meet that expectation.

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2009 Marques de Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja

2009 Marques de Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva RiojaHere’s another ’09 Rioja Reserva that slightly more expensive than the recently reviewed Montecillo, but this wine brings a bit more complexity and dimension that I think is worth the extra $8.  Either way, these Riojas are incredible buys at the warehouse right now, delivering tons of flavor and fine tuned, elegant delivery at bargain prices.  If you see any more Riojas at your store that you enjoy, please let us know in the comments below.  I’m convinced Spanish wine is where it’s at right now.

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2013 Gerard Bertrand Cap Insula Languedoc GSM

2013 Gerard Bertrand Cap Insula Languedoc GSMThis is a nice treat for only $10 at Costco.  It’s a standard GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) blend from France’s Languedoc region.  We last reviewed the 2011 Grenache/Syrah blend from Gerard Bertrand, which I also enjoyed very much especially for its $10 price tag.  Many readers agreed, and I think those same readers will find a lot to like here.

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2014 Kirkland Signature Series Russian River Chardonnay

2014 Kirkland Signature Series Russian River ChardonnayIt’s that time of the year again, when the Kirkland Russian River Chardonnay hits stores, and so begins the ongoing dialogue about this wine.  I liked the 2012, but another of this site’s reviewers felt differently.  We both agreed on the ’13 as I didn’t find it quite as engaging as the ’12.  We’ve had several readers chime in on these wines as they are widely available in stores, and hard to pass up as the weather heats up, especially here in Atlanta.

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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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