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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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2017 Louis Latour Les Bastides Pinot Noir

Louis Latour is a powerhouse in Burgundy wine, and this is an interesting offering from them because it is actually grown outside the confines of Burgundy. It’s a little tricky to navigate on the label, and the last time we reviewed this wine, a reader popped in with some good info.  This wine is actually …

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The Definitive Guide To Costco’s Kirkland Signature Wines

[originally published 5/9/20; updated 3/8/21] One thing about shopping at Costco, which is on one hand the greatest thing ever, but simultaneously one of the most frustrating, is the idea of the “Costco find.” The term can apply to a couple different types of “finds” too. First, you have the item you’ve never seen before …

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2017 Joseph Phelps Freestone Pinot Noir Sonoma

Joseph Phelps is one of my top ten wine producers from California, and it is a nice surprise to see their Freestone Pinor Noir from the Sonoma Coast hit Costco shelves.  You’ve probably seen their high-end red blend, the Joseph Phelps Insignia, hanging around stores too for $200, which is a very good price on …

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2019 Kirkland Signature Sancerre

It’s always exciting when there’s a new addition to the Kirkland Signature portfolio of wines, and we’ve seen a few good ones over the past 12 months.  There was the new K Vine Kirkland wines (Chardonnay and Rosé) from Charles Smith, and the Kirkland Barolo that come to mind. This Sancerre is definitely on the …

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2016 Bodegas Olarra Clasico Rioja Crianza

Finding and tasting Costco Riojas under $10 is one of my favorite parts of running this website.  So often you hear people looking for “good buys under $10” or you see a catchy news headline “Sommeliers’ Top Picks Under $10.” And it makes sense, because there’s so much bad wine out there under $10, and …

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2018 San Simeon Viognier Paso Robles

Here’s an interesting Costco wine find.  We’ve been on a bit of a Paso Robles kick and have reviewed more reds, and the occasional white, mainly the Daou Chardonnay, which is what we’ve found available at Costco so far. The only other Viognier I’ve tasted from Paso Robles that comes to mind was one I …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

Here’s the latest vintage of a Kirkland wine I know many of you, like me, have been waiting for – the Kirkland Oakville Cabernet. This is usually one of our favorites among the Napa appellations that Kirkland wine spans.  Some of the other premier Napa regions we see offerings from include Rutherford and Stag’s Leap, …

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Special Report on the New Kirkland K Vine Rosé and Chardonnay

This was exciting to find on my latest trip to Costco – the debut of the Kirkland Signature K Vine wines. These wines were first mentioned in an article that appeared in the Costco Connection magazine, featuring a Q and A with winemaker Charles Smith, who is behind these new offerings. Charles Smith, as many …

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Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé

Here’s a fun bottle I was excited to see hit Costco shelves.  Lucien Albrecht produces excellent wine and we really enjoyed the standard Cremant d’Alsace Brut that we tasted a couple years ago. Now we have the Brut Rosé at Costco with a special price of $16.99.  The standard Brut, when it was around, was …

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2018 Ridge Three Valleys Sonoma Red Wine

Ridge is hands down one of my favorite U.S. wine producers so when I see one of their distinct labels hit Costco shelves, it’s like finding a treasure for me.  And this bottle especially because it is a wine from Ridge that I’ve never tasted before, and Costco’s price was right on the mark. Finding …

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2018 Duckhorn Decoy Sonoma Red Wine

These are always fun wines to try so I was looking forward to popping open this Decoy Red from Sonoma.  Decoy, as many of you know, is a second wine, turned second brand, of Duckhorn Vineyards and they are priced well below those “first” wines that carry the Duckhorn name. We’ve reviewed several of the …

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