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2017 Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

This Chardonnay is a staple at the Costco stores around the Atlanta area where I shop.  It’s $13.45 and each year has proven to be a nicely balanced Chardonnay that pairs well with the warm weather that is hopefully starting to reach most of us now. Retail price on this bottle is $22 and online …

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2016 Schug Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

I found this bottle to be a really good buy for California Chardonnay, especially if you are like me and prefer your Chardonnay to be fruit-driven, clean and bright without overloading the oak and butter. We’re seeing more and more California producers move towards this style of Chardonnay and it’s making it easier to find …

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2015 Migration Russian River Chardonnay

What a steal for an excellent and perfectly balanced Russian River Chardonnay.  I loved this bottle.   It’s no surprise that Duckhorn is the brand behind it. Costco’s price is $17.99.  Google it and it’s around $30 just about everywhere else (retail is $32). Combined with solid 90 point ratings from all the critics, this is …

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2016 Kirkland Signature Series Premier Cru Chablis

I always have high hopes for the Kirkland Premier Cru Chablis, but it’s one of those few Kirkland wines that keeps me wanting a bit more. That’s how we felt with the 2014 vintage we reviewed a while back. I’m not sure if a 2015 was produced but I don’t remember seeing it hit the …

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2015 Merryvale Chardonnay Carneros

The 2015 Merryvale Chardonnay is a real deal California Chardonnay priced way below what I would expect after tasting it.  Although they are a Napa area staple (I frequently stop at the Gotts across the street for lunch, but haven’t made it to the winery yet), I always associated Merryvale with middle of the road …

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2015 Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Alexander Valley

I was super surprised to see this Stonestreet Chardonnay wine arrive in the bins at my Costco and at the highly discounted price of $25.99.  Since retail on this wine is closer to $40-$45 that’s a steep Costco discount on a wine that I’ve had previously on two separate occasions, and absolutely loved it. This …

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2016 Sonoma Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

The Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay is a staple white that’s readily available at many wine shops and seemingly every restaurant I’ve frequented lately, and I’ve always thought it was a strong value buy for California Chardonnay. At Costco, the price is a very respectable $20.49, which is a lot less than almost anywhere else I’ve seen, …

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2016 Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay

This is a lovely wine that caught me off guard with its pleasantness because I really didn’t know what to expect. The single vineyard designation caught my eye but I had never heard of the producer before, and generally don’t go to Mendocino when I’m looking for Chardonnay value.  But that’s exactly what I found. …

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2016 Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay

I really like this wine.  Year in and year out, it just always seems to hit me right.  Granted part of that feeling is likely because it’s summertime, it’s hot, and there’s nothing like a crisp, refreshing, easy drinking white to sip on by the pool.  And that’s how we drank this bottle. The wine …

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2016 Domaine Le Clos Noly Pouilly-Fuisse Courtelong

Pouilly-Fuisse wines are synonymous with good value white Burgundy.  We just reviewed the 2014 Domaine Auvigue Solutre, which was fantastic and now we’ve seen another one arrive in Costco for $16.79 from Domaine Le Clos Noly. Pouilly-Fuisse is in the Maconnais subregion of Burgundy, which is an area that has been mentioned frequently in wine articles …

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2016 Kirkland Signature Russian River Chardonnay

Although I usually expect more from the Kirkland Russian River Valley Chardonnay offerings, I’m always excited to see them arrive in stores, and I’m anxious to try the new vintages.  Having reviewed the prior vintage in December of last year, I thought this one might arrive a little later in the year. But it’s here …

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