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2014 Robert Mondavi Oakville Fume Blanc

Every now and then Costco will get a wine for a mega-good bargain price. This one jumped out at me yesterday. I noticed first that the price was significantly less than normal retail and second that the wine has been immediately deleted (marked with an asterisk). Robert Mondavi originally coined the marketing term “Fume Blanc” …

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2015 Fernandez Gomez Seleccion Familia White Rioja

I always love seeing an inexpensive ($12.99) white pop up at Costco that’s outside the standard Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauv Blanc realms.  In this case, I was even more pumped to find a white Rioja, which turned out to be a delicious wine and an excellent value buy. If only this had shown up …

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2016 Bodegas Marques de Vizhoja Albarino Torre La Moreira

Seems like yesterday we were buying 2007 vintages in the stores, and long behold we’re now at 2016.  I think this bottle marks the first 2016 I’ve tried, and an Albarino is a good way to do it because they drink nice young. (Side note: they also drink ok after a few years of bottle …

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2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

La Crema is a well-known producer of “cool-climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris” produced by artisan winemaking.  I was pleased with a recent flight of Pinot Noirs that I tasted through, and I can say the same for their 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. I wrote “Yum!” on my tasting notes, which I don’t usually …

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2014 Matchbook “The Arsonist” Chardonnay

Now that we are blessed with the occasional sunny and warm afternoon, I find myself starting to move towards the lighter reds and heavier whites.  I have always been a seasonal wine drinker, for the most part, sipping on whites throughout the summer and almost only drinking the big reds when it’s uncomfortably cold outside. …

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2015 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Dry Riesling

This time of the year, red wine gets most of the attention. When it doesn’t, Chardonnay is usually the go-to white alternative. The Costco wine department is saturated with Chardonnays. I counted once, and there were twenty-nine different California Chardonnays available in one club. This is why the Pewsey Vale ‘Eden Valley’ Dry Riesling is …

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2014 Cave du Roi Dagobert Riesling Racines et Terroirs

I was making a spicy stir fry dish and wanted to test the common wisdom that spicy Asian dishes are complemented well by dry or semi-dry Rieslings, and I’ve had a few experiences in the past to back that claim.  So it was between this bottle and another Riesling from Washington State (Dunham) that I …

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