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The Best of Santa Barbara 6 Bottle Boutique Wine Sampler

Here’s a fun set of wines that you don’t see every day packaged up in a nice suitcase with detailed notes on every wine for only $49.99 at Costco right now. I’m told this set is primarily in California Costco stores but keep an eye out for it elsewhere along with other California region specific …

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2016 Domaines Pierre Chavin Cotes de Provence Pierre & Paul Rose

This is a lovely Cotes de Provence Rose for only $9.99.  The blend is 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 20% Syrah, so it has a little pepper and spice, which I really enjoy. The wine pours a nice salmon color and kicks off a little of that pepper on the nose. In the mouth though is …

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2016 Kirkland Signature Cotes de Provence Rose

Rosé season is upon us. If you didn’t serve a bottle with your Easter Sunday Supper, perhaps you will on Mother’s Day. For me, rosé “season” is year-round, and I always have at least one bottle chilling in my ‘fridge. It’s the perfect wine to serve with appetizers and salads, or while you wait for …

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2014 Château du Coudray Montpensier Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon

Chinon bottles are always a pleasant change of pace.  These wines are predominantly made with Cabernet Franc, although a small percentage can be allotted to Cabernet Sauvignon.  There’s usually not a lot of verbiage on the bottle to identify the wines, which likely deters many people from venturing forth, and it’s unfortunate because Chinon wines are quite lovely, …

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2012 Haut Lafitte “Le Petite” Pessac-Leognan

I love a good red Bordeaux. These wines tend to really express the area in which the grapes are grown- they have a strong essence of “terrior,” if you will. The gravel and stone top soil in Pessac-Leognan is well-suited for Cabernet Sauvignon, and so red wines from here are predominantly Cabernet-based and with lots …

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NV Francois Montand “Méthode Traditionnelle” Brut Sparkling Wine

We cannot technically call this wine “champagne.” Since it’s from Jura, France, we are not allowed to confuse this wine with its cousin in Champagne. That’s the rule. This being said, if I were to bring this to a New Year’s Eve party, I would certainly announce to everyone in the room that I’ve brought …

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5 Memorial Day Costco Wine Suggestions

Regardless of how you’re spending this Memorial Day weekend, whether you’re boating, camping, picnicking, hiking, grilling or just sitting around in the backyard, if you’re a reader of this site then a glass of wine is also likely somewhere in those plans. So I wanted to list a few good, summery, warm weather wines that …

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