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This is a lovely Chardonnay at the great price of $14.99 at Costco – a real bargain for a California Chardonnay of this caliber.  This is an extremely food friendly wine, with just the right amount of fruit, spice and oak to complement just about any meal.

Nose is bright, lots of lemon and citrus scents, smelling more like a Sauvignon Blanc.  But then the nice body and Chard characteristics take over, and you get some vanilla and stone on top of the citrus fruit.  Really well balanced between these elements.  The finish brings just a touch of oak, which works great.

This is a winner all around.  Great price, Great wine.  This is what buying wine at Costco is all about. Rating: 90 Points

Costco item number: 35512

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I’m a believer that many different types of wine can complement the Thanksgiving holiday. The variety of food with such varying characteristics means there’s not really any single home run wine that matches all the flavors.  I like to serve one white and one red bottle with the meal (at the same time, one glass of each per person), usually preceeded by a bubbly, Champagne or Presecco, while the meal is prepared.

With listing Costco wines, it’s always a moving target since the inventory moves so quickly.  But I found two wines we reviewed recently that I really enjoyed and that I think would be a good complement to the Thanksgiving celebration.  These were purchased at a Costco store in Atlanta, GA so I can’t say if you’ll be able to find them near you.  But keep an eye out.
– Andrew, Editor

  I really enjoyed the Baileyana Chardonnay so was thrilled to see the Pinot hits store shelves.  This is an $18 Pinot that drinks like it cost two to three times that.  It’s an easy crowd pleaser, with great mouthfeel and has enough vanilla, pepper and spice going on to jazz up almost any meal.  My review here.
  I’m a fan of most Carneros wines and this Chardonnay hit me right on all accords.  Rich, layered with touches of butter, cream and oak, but not too much.  In my experience Neyers has never produced a bad wine.  They are dependable, and for $25, this is a solid Chardonnay.  My full review here.
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Neyers is a super dependable winery. I can’t think of a bottle I’ve had from them that disappointed so I was excited to see the Chardonnay at my Costco; especially during the summertime when I’m looking for good white wines.  Price was $24.99, so my expectations were high (plus I love Carneros wines), and this wine delivered.

It is signature Carneros from the start.  The nose is a good mix of floral aromas surrounded by a little citrus and oak that carry through to the palate.  In the mouth, this is rich and layered, starting with a touch of citrus flavor and moving to a buttery (but not too much) and creamy finish with subtle oak notes.  I get turned off by Chardonnays that overdo any one of these elements, but this bottle hits them all just perfect.  A real treat, and a solid addition to our Bronze Rated list.. Rating: 91 Points
*Bronze Rated*

Costco item number: 681700

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I’ve been working diligently on the latest version of my French Wine Book, “Decoding French Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Fruits of the French Terroir,” and I’m happy to say that this new second edition is live today on

The Kindle version is only $3.99 and it includes information on major French wine regions including Bordeaux, Loire, Burgundy, Alsace, Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon and Champagne.  This book is short and conscise, written to help the beginner wine drinker become more familiar with French wines that may seem overly complicated and complex.

I wanted to really make this simple to digest, and to help turn more people on to these amazing wines.  If you’ve followed this site for a while, you know I have a tendency to review many of the French wines, particularly the 2010 Bordeaux because they are an amazing vintage. But I also look at many other French wines and regions, because the value is typically so great, especially at Costco. So here’s a chance to boost your knowledge and ultimately, your enjoyment, of these awesome wines.

Download a free sample chapter here.

Thanks for supporting this site.

Andrew, Editor

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A delicious Chardonnay at a great price at Costco ($17.99) for a bottle of this caliber, especially considering it’s all over the Internet for $25+.  Citrus fruit hits vanilla and a touch of oak and stone on the finish to deliver a great summer white.

Nose was a little closed but opened up with some good swirling.  Tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot and grapefruit flavors with fresh acidity, bright and thirst quenching (I drank it in 89 degree heat while grilling).  Finish brings a little earthy stone element rounded by a hint of oak, nothing overbearing.

All around a solid buy at this price.  I’m surprised to see ’09s floating around of a wine like this.  See if your Costco carries it and scoop up at least one. Rating: 90 Points

Costco item number: 333780

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This is really a lovely expression of Chardonnay especially for only $15.59 at my Costco.  The winemakers did an excellent job of managing the oak to let the vibrant fruit flavors come through.  It’s a perfect summer food wine; definitely my style of Chardonnay.

Tropical and floral on the nose, matches its lighter color, and then on the palate you get nice young fruit with flavors of apple, pear, lemon, maybe even a little watermelon as the acidity takes hold.  The finish brings in a touch of the oakiness and rounds out a very enjoyable summer wine.

At this price I’ll scoop a couple up for drinking later in the summer.  A good wine to enjoy with friends, as indicated on the back of the label which simply says “Share.”  I’m a fan, and will put this one on our Bronze Rated wine list. Rating: 90 Points
*Bronze Rated*

Costco item number: 690875

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A pretty middle of the road wine, but not a bad value at only $6.99, especially if you’re looking for an everyday white to accompany dinner. It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed one of these Kirkland Chardonnay (last vintage was 2008) and I was hoping for maybe a bit more.  But then again…$6.99…

This is more of a fruity Chardonnay, which I typically prefer, but it seemed a little caught in the middle of what it wanted to be.  The nose kicks off tropical fruit and glides you in with some pear, grapefruit and lemon, but towards the finish the fruit collides with a bit of vanilla, butter and oak and it didn’t pull through for me. 

With the right meal, I can drink this no problem.  On its own, its flaws become more noticeable.  I’d pay a dollar or two more for a different bottle. Rating: 85 Points

Costco item number: 514007

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Once a year we assemble the Costco wines we rated the highest over the past 12 months. From glancing through the list, I think it’s safe to say that we found a lot of great wines at some fantastic prices. Our series in September on high end Costco wines provides quite a few placements on this list, but that’s not to say there weren’t some big bargains as well. 

As always, it’s going to be hard to find many of these wines since Costco moves their inventory so quickly (but I’ve seen at least 3-4 of these still available at Costco stores near me).  So keep an eye out.  These are all winners.  Click on the label to read our review of each wine. 

Thanks for another fun year. 
— Editor

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Wine Spectator just released their top 100 wines for 2012.  Here’s a PDF of the list.

A reader of our website suggested we try to list which of the wines from the list were available at Costco. I thought it was a fantastic idea.  But given the different selection of wines in Costco stores around the country, I thought it would be best to ask for help from all of our readers.

If you see any of the wines on the list, please tell everyone what you found and where on the Costco Wine Blog Facebook page.  Also, please list price, and of course any tasting notes if you’ve already opened the wine.

I’ll start by listing a few of the wines from the list that I’ve seen at Costco stores in Atlanta in the last few months (in some cases different vintages).

#51 Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2010 (my review of the 2008 vintage)

#58 Perrin & Fils Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2010 (my review of the 2007 vintage)

#92 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 (my review of this wine.  Scored it a point ahead of WS)



So keep an eye out next time you hit your local Costco, and please report back anything you find.  I plan on hitting a few more stores to see what I can find. 

— Editor

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Very pleasant Chardonnay, kind of a combination of new school (citrus fruit) and old school (butter, oak) and the flavor really worked for me. Price at Costco was $11.99 which I think is very good for this wine.

More of the citrus comes off on the nose, smells like a Sauvignon Blanc a bit; in the mouth though you get that creamy texture you expect from a good Chardonnay with apple, lemon and pear flavors.  Finish starts to bring in a bit of the oak element, in a nice dose though that’s not overbearing.

A solid Chardonnay for the money.  Give this one a look. Rating: 86 Points

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I’m happy to announce the publication of my latest wine book titled Around the Wine World in 40 Pages: An Exploration Guide for the Beginning Wine Enthusiast.

It’s $3.99 for the Kindle with a physical version coming down the line. The book takes readers on a journey throughout the most popular and notable wine growing regions in the world, providing an inside perspective on what wine drinkers at all experience levels need to know about the grapes and styles from each region, along with the price points and suggestions on specific wines to try.  I even include references to a lot of wines that can be found at Costco.  I hope you enjoy.
— Editor

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