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Reflections on Washington State Wines And Why Everyone Should Be Drinking Them Now

As long-time readers may know, my wine journey began in the Pacific Northwest when I lived in Seattle, WA and Oregon prior to that.  It was the late 90’s and early 2000’s and the wine landscape in the Northwest looked a lot different compared to today. There were plenty of small wineries and more popping …

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New and Updated Book DECODING FRENCH WINE – available now

“Decoding French Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Fruits of the French Terroir” was the first book that I wrote back in 2012. And it was far from perfect, and maybe distant from good but it was an invaluable learning experience. I gave the book a small refresh a few years after publishing, but …

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Cellar Series: 2011 Kirkland Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva

Quarantine life lends itself to plenty of time for digging around the cellar to see if there’s anything interesting to get into. I have a stash of Kirkland bottles that I’ve enjoyed over the past 3-5 years that I wanted to try again after a little more time in the bottle and one of those …

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5 Costco Wine New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

It seems like everyone is posting about New Year’s resolutions and they are all saying the same things about fitness and diets, so let’s have some fun and look at some resolutions specific to buying wine at Costco.  And I plan to commit to doing these myself in 2020. 1. Commit to trying new wines, …

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The Best Bubbly Wines At Costco for New Year’s – Plus How To Easily Saber Champagne Bottles

​Hi everyone, this is an oldie but goodie, that’s relevant with the New Year coming up. I updated a few things throughout, and be sure to read until the end to learn how to easily become a Champagne sabering rock star this New Years. (Practice on the Kirkland Prosecco, work your way up to the …

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Side by Side Tasting of the Kirkland Champagne – New Bottle vs Old Bottle

There’s been a bit of a debate going on among readers about the new bottle design for the Kirkland Champagne. The new bottle is shorter and wider (pictured on the right above), and some people have found it to taste differently than the original one. So I thought it would be fun to go side …

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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2019 – Which Ones Are At Costco?

This is always a fun post, but it relies a lot on all of our readers out there (just updated with some comments from readers, thank you). As they do every year, Wine Spectator just released their Top 100 wines of 2019. It’s a fun list to comb through and this year they highlighted some …

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2019 Costco Wine Thanksgiving Picks

All right, it’s that time of the year again when we recommend some of out favorite Costco wines to enjoy with the Thanksgiving meal. This year I went to three Costco stores around the Atlanta area (Woodstock, Kennesaw, Cumberland) to make sure these wines were still in stock before adding them to the list. Because …

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Wine Advent Calendar at Costco – Close Out The Year With 24 Half Bottles From Around the World

Here’s an interesting Costco wine item that one of our readers, Eric N, first alerted us to on Twitter.  This trend in alcohol related advent calendars seems to be really catching on.  I know Aldi has one or two.  And I’ve heard that Costco has a beer Advent Calendar too but haven’t seen it in …

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Six of the Best Wines Under $10 in Costco Right Now

Everyone loves a bargain, and that’s obviously a big reason we all love to shop at Costco.  We’ve had a nice little run of inexpensive Costco wines lately that we’ve reviewed, and so I wanted to combine those, with some other Costco classic under $10 to arm you with a nice list of wines for …

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Special Announcement: Decoding Spanish Wine Is Now Available

It’s finally here. We’ve been working on this one for a while now and I’m super pumped to finally put it out in the world and be able to share it with you. Our new book “Decoding Spanish Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to the High Value, World Class Wines of Spain” is now available in …

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