2013 Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2013 Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir[Reviewed by Josh L]

We drink a lot of Pinot Noirs, ranging from domestic California, Oregon and Washington State, to “old world” versions from Burgundy and “new world” iterations from New Zealand.

And in all of the Pinot Noirs, from all the places in the world, of all vintages, cork vs. alternative tops, blends or single-vineyards (even single blocks), the 2013 Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is our favorite.  I can’t remember anything similar since the now impossible-to-find Bishop’s Peak Pinot from 2006.


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2011 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva

2011 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico RiservaReviewed by Josh L

Wandering through my local Costco, I happened upon the first Kirkland-labeled Italian wine that I can recall.  Packaged in a simple and lightweight bottle, this $8.69 wine turned out to be a terrific bargain.

Pouring into our glasses, the wine color is standard Chianti Classico – dark purple with great consistency and little separation at the edges.


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2012 King Estate Pinot Gris

king estateThis wine is a Costco staple summer white, and I usually enjoy them, especially when I’ve had my fill of Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.  I begin to hunt for different varietals.  Albarino is a good choice for this, Gavi from Italy and Rhone whites from France.


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Costco Wine Cartoons by Doug Pike #22

Cartoon 22

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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2013 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf du Pape

2013 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf du PapeTake a look at this little treat that arrived in Costco stores a bit earlier than normal this year.  I’ve already had several readers write to me about it, and the reviews seem pretty positive.  This has historically been a great buy at $19.99, far below most other wines from this premier region.  Let’s take a look at my ratings history for the Kirkland Chateauneufs going back to the 2008 vintage:


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2011 Château Mayne-Vieil Fronsac Bordeaux

2011 Château Mayne-Vieil Fronsac

Our unrelenting search for the perfect value-priced Bordeaux hidden within the aisles of Costco continues.  It seems as though Costco’s wine buyers will offer decent $8.99 Bordeaux, (which are essentially everyday table wines) and a higher $13.99 offering that gives you a better appreciation for the French winemaking magic.   Recently, we came across a lovely $13.99 piece of vintning. It’s a Merlot  (100% according to the label) that is closer to what a Merlot should really taste like.


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Sokol Blosser Evolution Red

Sokol Blosser Evolution RedSokol Blosser makes some fantastic Pinot Noirs and I was completely caught off guard when I came across this Evolution red blend from them on the shelf at Costco.  At $9.99 this was clearly the least expensive wine I have ever seen from them.  I moved in timidly, not sure exactly what I was buying.


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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Kirkland Signature Napa Cabernet SauvignonOf all the Kirkland Signature wines I’ve had in the past year or so, this is among the ones I looked most forward to digging into (some of the KS Chateauneufs too, and the Signature Series Malbec was outstanding).  2012 was such a banner growing year for Napa and I figured the Kirkland Napa Cab for $19.99 would drink like something that cost much more.  And it does.


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A Preview of My Latest Project for CostcoWineBlog Readers

CostcoWineBlog was founded on a whim.  I shop at Costco regularly and love buying wine there so I started to write about it online.  For six years I’ve been writing wine reviews regularly, and we’ve created this awesome community of people who love finding new wines to enjoy from Costco.


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2012 Kirkland Signature Series Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2012 Kirkland Willamette Valley Pinot NoirIt was a pleasant surprise to come across this bottle from Costco’s Kirkland label.  They’ve really expanded their reach to include a wider selection of wines from numerous prestigious wine growing areas around the globe.  So I would advise to take note on your next trip to Costco.  You might be surprised what you find.


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