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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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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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