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Erin Reyes

2017 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet

This wine debuted about a week ago, and it’s one that I look forward to trying each year.  In the past, Costco has also produced a Columbia Valley Merlot-Cabernet blend, although I’ve yet to see this in a couple of years it seems.  I noticed that the latest vintage of the Signature Series Columbia Valley …

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2017 Zorzettig Sauvignon Blanc

I worked at a restaurant in New York that had an excellent Italian Sauvignon Blanc by the glass.  I remember people’s reactions when they would try it, a mixture of surprise and delight, and for this reason I would often recommend it.  A lot of people tend to associate Sauvignon Blanc with either grapefruit, freshly-cut …

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2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot

This wine has been a Costco staple for a while, and it seems to come and go along with other varietals in the line.  I’ve seen the Indian Wells Cabernet and Chardonnay at times, and the wines are usually in the wooden bins on the tables.  At $13.99, it’s one of those wines that could …

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NV Casa Farvive Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG

I love the shape of this bottle. It’s short and fat and looks like the top-half of a magnum. Perhaps not the best fit to store on a wine rack, but this type of wine can be stored upright for years without compromise. I don’t personally recommend storing this wine for years, however. I usually …

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2016 Tenuta Valleselle Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore

We reviewed the previous vintage of this wine, so I was interested to try the 2016 release.  Once again, the empty bottle could double as a weapon, easily twice as large and four times as heavy as your standard 750ml.  This is a DOC wine, meaning that production follows the rules required in order to …

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2015 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva

This is always an exciting one to see in the clubs, and this year it features a bold label change that I think is nice.  In previous years, the label has been beige with red print and an illustration of the Chianti countryside.  Now, the label is royal blue with a gold foil print and …

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2017 Game of Thrones Red Wine

The final episode of Game of Thrones, arguably the world’s most popular series ever, is premiering this Sunday.  Perhaps some of you are relieved, tired of scrolling past memes filled with inside jokes, or perhaps you are apathetic about this since you’ve managed to avoid pop-culture news for the last ten years.  But if you’re …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Cotes De Provence Rose

This wine tends to move quickly once it hits the aisles at Costco.  This is not surprising considering it’s an $8.99 Provence Rose.  These wines are almost always at least $12 per bottle.  Apart from that, this wine is consistently approachable and a good value.  The perfect light-salmon color is appropriate for Spring and all …

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2016 Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur

 I reviewed the last vintage of this wine in 2017, around December I believe.  The newest release just appeared in select warehouses so I thought I’d pick up a bottle to see how it compares. There isn’t any information regarding the winemaker on the back label, but it does provide a grape breakdown of 75% …

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2016 Kirkland Signature Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

We always look forward to new Kirkland Signature wines, and I especially get excited when an appellation-specific one arrives.  I’ll admit that I sometimes get them confused and fail to realize when a new edition has appeared.  The labels tend to be similar, and there are more than a few from Napa Valley alone.  This …

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2016 Barville Cotes du Rhone

This wine jumped out at because of the friendly price ($8.99) and 89 Point Wine Enthusiast rating.  Also, I love Côtes du Rhône.  These Grenache-based blends are classy, simple, and versatile.  I fell in love with Rhone wines when I took a wine course in New York through the American Sommelier Society.  We tasted Côte-Rôtie, Crozes-Hermitage, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, …

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2016 Franciscan Cabernet Napa County

Costco has carried the Franciscan Estate Napa Cabernet for a while, and the latest vintage has had something of label makeover.  Previous vintages had “Franciscan Estate Napa Valley” on the label, whereas this vintage is simply “Franciscan” with a “Napa County” designation.  If you’ve ever had a previous vintage, you know that it’s a quality …

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