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2018 Willamette Valley Vineyards Dijon Clone Chardonnay

There’s an interesting story behind this wine as evidenced by the clue in its name “Dijon Clone.” Willamette Valley Vineyards founder Jim Bernau travelled to Burgundy France in the 80’s and brought back these vines for use in Oregon vineyards where he expected they might also thrive.  And based on my tasting on this bottle, …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Suscol Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

I was so happy to finally find this bottle last night. There’s been a lot of discussion among readers nationwide who saw this one arrive in their stores before it made it’s way here. The feedback has been extremely positive and I was curious what Costco could pack into a single vineyard Napa Cab for …

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2018 Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

It’s nice to see this Kirkland Pinot return to store shelves in the latest 2018 vintage.  This bottle is a reader and personal favorite among the Kirkland wine portfolio. There are a few important things to note that are carried over from the prior 2017 vintage.   First is the price which has stayed the same …

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2013 Casa de Santar Reserva Red Blend Portugal

There are a lot of places throughout Europe to find good red wine values.  A few of my go to’s are Rioja/Ribera/Toro in Spain, Chianti/Barbera in Italy, Rhone/Cru Beaujolais in France. And Portuguese wines definitely fit the bill. They consistently overdeliver at very reasonable price points. The challenge is that they just aren’t prevalent enough.  …

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2017 Joseph Phelps Freestone Pinot Noir Sonoma

Joseph Phelps is one of my top ten wine producers from California, and it is a nice surprise to see their Freestone Pinor Noir from the Sonoma Coast hit Costco shelves.  You’ve probably seen their high-end red blend, the Joseph Phelps Insignia, hanging around stores too for $200, which is a very good price on …

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