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2013 Charles & Charles Chardonnay

Charles & Charles is a collaboration between Charles Smith (of his namesake winery and K Vintners) and Charles Bieler.  Smith is a former rock band manager and while on the road developed a particularly good sense for rockstar wines.   A self-taught winemaker, Smith’s wines have garnered a lot of media attention and furrowed brows by …

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2012 The Sum from The Seventy Five Wine Company

I haven’t reviewed one of The Sum red blends in quite a while but I was looking forward to this 2012 vintage, which was a stellar season for California.  Plus, this wine is made by Tuck Beckstoffer, a legend of the area, and The Sum marks the lowest entry point I’ve seen into his wines.  The …

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2013 Dobbes Family Estate Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir

This is a lovely Oregon Pinot at Costco for $19.99 and a perfect companion for almost any food.  We enjoyed this on a crisp fall evening with butternut squash ravioli (also from Costco, if you haven’t tried it yet, you should) and it was a great accompaniment.  Good pinots like this are so versatile, and …

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2012 Two Hands Angels’ Share Shiraz

This McLaren Vale Shiraz from Two Hands hits big in every way.  I have tried prior vintages of the higher priced Bella’s Garden Shiraz from Two Hands and thoroughly enjoyed them.  This lower priced entry ($26 at my Costco) turned out to be a real find. I posted a photo to Twitter showing how the Costco bin …

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2013 Kirkland Signature Stags Leap District Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

I didn’t hesitate for long dropping this one in my cart.  I’m a big fan of Stags Leap wines and you rarely see a Stags Cabernet for the price I found this bottle at ($19.99).  And the wine was exactly what I hoped it would be – a big, rich, nicely structured red.  It has …

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2014 Au Contraire Russian River Chardonnay

As we continue our summer Chardonnay scouting expedition, we’ve come across a particularly nice Chardonnay value in the Costco aisles.  This was a shy and skittish selection – the bottles were tucked away in the Chardonnay aisle with literally nothing drawing attention to it.  Yet, it’s sort of a big deal: it is the first …

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2013 Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages

Kirkland Signature wines historically offer a nice bang for the buck (like most Kirkland items at Costco), and the KS Cotes du Rhone Villages always seems to lead the way in terms of unbelievable value since it is priced at only $6.99.  You just can’t find wines from this region priced that low so I highly …

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A To Z Oregon Pinot Noir (A Vertical Tasting, 2012 and 2013)

[Reviewed by Josh L] Recently I had the rare – and accidental – opportunity to do a “vertical” tasting after buying two bottles of wine at Costco. In the store, I wasn’t fully paying attention, and after arriving home, I learned that I had one each of the 2012 and 2013 vintages of the A …

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2013 Burgans Albarino Rias Baixas

Albarinos are perfect for breaking up the summertime routine of defaulting to your standard Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays when seeking hot weather wine refreshment and summer fare accompaniment.  We made a spinach and kale salad (most fresh from the garden), threw in some beets, goat cheese, carrots, almonds and a homemade vinaigrette, and this bottle, and it was …

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