It’s time for our annual round up of Costco wines to consider putting on your table for the Thanksgiving meal.
This is always tough because of availability so we will try to focus on wines that we believe are widely available (we are 100% independent of Costco so can’t say for sure), as well as wines that we reviewed recently.
The goal is obviously to increase your chances of finding these wines on your next “Costco wine hunt.”
Over the years of choosing and enjoying a lot of different wines for Thanksgiving, I’m under the belief now that so many different types of wines, varietals and styles will work. And it really comes down to personal preference.
I imagine your table, like ours, is going to include a wide range of different foods. Each dish could pair with a different wine, so trying to blanket cover all of them is tough.
What I love to do (and not just for Thanksgiving) is to set out a few different glasses for each guest and serve different wines. At the same time.
Experiment, play with it, see what everyone likes, or doesn’t like. In the end, your preferences could be very different than what the critics or wine experts tell you that you should like with Thanksgiving.
So here are some of our top picks. The Kirkland Champagne is a no brainer for us. We drink it every chance we get and it can pair with anything. Most often it pairs with a good time.
Please share your picks in the comments below so we all can be on the lookout. Thanks as always for following the site. Cheers. Andrew, Editor.
2017 Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose
I really love this one, and it’s a fun bubbly to pop for Thanksgiving, or any holiday really. I still see it in stock near me. Great producer, great price at $14.49 [our review]
2016 Pellegrini Chardonnay Russian River Valley
We really loved this unoaked Chardonnay, and I think it’s a crowd pleaser for all types of white wine fans. I’ve seen it recently, but these are the types of bottles that disappear too quickly. Quite nice for $15 [our review]
2018 Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir
A favorite among readers, and a favorite among us, every vintage we’ve tasted. This is a great Pinot Noir for $18 [our review]
2018 Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay Sonoma
This is a tasty Chardonnay from a producer we always enjoy. I’ve seen it in stock recently near us for $20, and it even had a $5 off special for a bit, so keep an eye out for that [our review]
2018 Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir
There are quite a few Kirkland options in stores now, but I wanted to include this one that is only $10. It’s from a top region (Carneros) and if you’re entertaining a large crowd, this is a great way to go [our review]
2017 La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
We tasted a lot of good Pinot Noir from Costco this year, and there are many of them that I think would pair great with Thanksgiving, this being one of them for $18, and a bottle that I know is popular with our readers [our review]
Here’s a fantastic white that we loved and rated 90 points. Trimbach is super dependable, and Costco’s price of $17 is great (retail is $25). This is a solid choice for any occasion [our review]
2017 Balletto Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
When I say we tasted quite a few really good Pinot Noirs from Costco this year, this bottle stands out as one of the highlights. I’ve never tasted it before, and it was delicious to say the least; worth every bit of its $24 price tag [our review]
2015 Marques del Atrio Rioja Reserva
This Rioja is so good. For a while there was $6 discount off its regular $14.99 price tag which was a huge score. But I’ve seen it stocked recently, with no discount, and I still think it’s a fantastic buy for $15 [our review].
Long time readers of this blog knew this one was coming. This is the perfect bottle for just about any occasion, from breakfast to the beach to the big game to Thanksgiving, you name it. It’s one of our favorite buys at Costco. $20 for real Champagne, and it’s good [our review]
And that’s the list for this year. If you’re curious here’s last years Thanksgiving picks.
Be sure to let us know what you’re planning to drink in the comments below. Cheers.
Wednesday 11th of November 2020
"We really loved this oaked Chardonnay" in reference to the 2016 Pelligrini Chardonnay is incorrect. That Chard is un-oaked as your original review noted.
Wednesday 11th of November 2020
Good catch. Meant to say unoaked there too. I’ll update. Thanks for letting me know.