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2020 Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Rose of Pinot Noir

It was about two years ago when we tasted through quite a few wines from Willamette Valley Vineyards, including this rosé in the 2018 vintage. We also did a blind tasting of three of their Pinot Noirs which was a lot of fun. While we’ve enjoyed the wines from Willamette Valley Vineyards, the people behind …

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2019 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Finding this wine is a surprise on a number of fronts, but let’s start with the new label.  What do you think?  I kind of like it; definitely fresher and more exciting than the standard Kirkland wine labels. There’s no back label on this new design, just a small block of text on the side …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Suscol Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

I was so happy to finally find this bottle last night. There’s been a lot of discussion among readers nationwide who saw this one arrive in their stores before it made it’s way here. The feedback has been extremely positive and I was curious what Costco could pack into a single vineyard Napa Cab for …

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A Few of Our Favorite (Non Costco) Wine Resources and Items

We’re going to take a quick break from the Costco wine reviews for what we hope is a fun post that brings value to your wine experiences.  There are so many great resources in the wine world right now, and we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorites, as perhaps you’ll discover a few …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

There are some interesting Kirkland bottles floating around Costco stores nationwide right now.  This is definitely one that caught our attention.  It’s a straight Napa Valley Cabernet, not the blend that we’ve reviewed for several vintages (or the older Napa County, not Valley), and not the appellation designated Cabs (Stags, Rutherford, Oakville). This is a …

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Langlois Chateau Cremant de Loire Brut

We drink a fair amount of bubbly wine at our house.  It just goes with anything, any meal, anybody.  Long time readers know that we love the Kirkland Champagne for $19.99.  That’s real French Champagne at an almost unheard of price. We were excited to see another French bubbly hit our Costco stores, this time …

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2017 Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

It’s been a long time, more than six years, since we last reviewed the Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.  But that was certainly not the last time we’ve tasted this wine as it is on my go-to list for value Pinot.  It’s just not always available at Costco so scoop it up when you find …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

It’s nice to see this Kirkland Pinot return to store shelves in the latest 2018 vintage.  This bottle is a reader and personal favorite among the Kirkland wine portfolio. There are a few important things to note that are carried over from the prior 2017 vintage.   First is the price which has stayed the same …

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2017 Ego Bodegas Goru Gold Red Blend Jumilla

Here’s an interesting red blend from the Jumilla region of Spain.  It was $9.99 and the Costco placard displayed a nice 93 point rating from Wine Spectator.  I love Spanish wine, so why not give it a shot? The blend is 80% Monastrell, 15% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; retail price seems to be closer …

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2017 Gerard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir

Here’s a name you might know (Gerard Bertrand) but a region you might not (Tautavel). This makes for an interesting combo to explore. I first purchased this wine last year from Wine.com for $16, which was also my first experience with a wine from Tautavel, and I really enjoyed it.  You’re always pretty safe in …

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2013 Casa de Santar Reserva Red Blend Portugal

There are a lot of places throughout Europe to find good red wine values.  A few of my go to’s are Rioja/Ribera/Toro in Spain, Chianti/Barbera in Italy, Rhone/Cru Beaujolais in France. And Portuguese wines definitely fit the bill. They consistently overdeliver at very reasonable price points. The challenge is that they just aren’t prevalent enough.  …

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