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Free Wooden Wine Boxes From Costco

Free Wooden Wine Boxes From Costco

OK, here’s a tip I wanted to share with everyone. Costco lets customers take their empty wooden wine boxes (the ones that the wines are shipped in, not the display ones) just like you can take empty boxes, like they ones they typically have piled high by the check outs.

Sometimes you will find them among the empty boxes, but most of the time you will have to look in the aisles for wines that are shipped and stocked in the wooden boxes.

And then hope you get lucky enough to find an empty one (or near empty one of course, I’m guilty of moving a couple bottles to another box. The general rule of thumb is that if there are less than four bottles in a box, it is ok to move them).

To be clear, I am talking about the aisles of stacked wine like you see above, not the diagonal display boxes where they have all the fancy wines.

I’m also not sure if every Costco does this. There’s no way of knowing, but I’ve asked the staff at two Costcos near me, and they said when the boxes are empty they’re up for grabs.

The brand I see the most available is Montes (I have two). And Montes is good stuff, so throw a bottle or two in as well.

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Linda Bramlett

Thursday 16th of July 2015

I am not a drinker at all but would like to try a little red wine in the evening. I need a fruity almost grape juice flavor. Does Costco have a nice smooth one i should try?

Sandy Hemphill

Sunday 2nd of August 2015

Look for a ruby port, Linda. The alcohol content of fortified wines (such as port) is higher than regular wine so your Costco store may sell fortified wines in its liquor store, depending on your local state liquor laws.

Also, since the alcohol content is higher, a little goes a long way. Port may cost a little more than many wines but you probably won't drink as much during an evening as you might a regular red wine.

Port is really good for deglazing pans when cooking meats and it adds a nice depth of flavor to meat sauces and tomato sauce, too. If you like Continental-style cheese plates for dessert, port is the beverage of choice. And it is nothing short of awesome with chocolate!

Port is either ruby or tawny. I think you'll prefer the ruby; it's the sweeter of the two.


Thursday 16th of July 2015

That's a tough one. I would try a Merlot, or a Pinot Noir. Here's our Merlot reviews (haven't reviewed many lately, need to) and here are our Pinot reviews: The Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot is a particular standout ($20), and the Kirkland Pinots are usually a good buy for less.

Ski Shadow

Friday 21st of November 2014

My Costco in Houston (Galleria), has a separate but attached liquor store. I asked the manager for a crate and she pulled out a beautiful wooden hinged crate (single row of bottles). You indeed have to ask, as it was not visible from the aisle. Now...what do with's nice as it is.


Friday 21st of November 2014

Glad that worked out. Not a bad problem to have.


Thursday 30th of October 2014

I called the Costco in Green Bay WI , and they no longer do this. They said all of there items are in cardboard now.

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