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A Few of Our Favorite (Non Costco) Wine Resources and Items

We’re going to take a quick break from the Costco wine reviews for what we hope is a fun post that brings value to your wine experiences.  There are so many great resources in the wine world right now, and we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorites, as perhaps you’ll discover a few …

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The Definitive Guide To Costco’s Kirkland Signature Wines

[originally published 5/9/20; updated 10/27/21] 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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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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Which of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2020 Are At Costco?

Today, Wine Spectator released their annual Top 100 wines of the year list. We always like to call out which ones we’ve seen at Costco. But this is a group effort. Everyone has to help because the selection is going to vary around the country. And this year I only found two from the list …

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FAQ About Costco’s 2020 Wine Advent Calendars

We’ve posted detailed reviews of each of the two Wine Advent Calendars available at select Costco stores (Calendar #1, Calendar #2), and it’s created a flurry of emails and comments from readers.  So I thought I’d take a second and address some of the most popular questions and share all the information we have. Will …

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Costco Wine Advent Calendar #2 for 2020

We’re fresh off the heels of reviewing the first Costco wine advent calendar for the 2020 season, known as the Advent-ure calendar, and then bam, there’s another one and it looks super promising as well.  What a great early holiday gift for Costco wine fans. The Costco wine advent calendars sold out super fast last …

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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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