With New Year’s around the corner I thought I’d try one of the simple, inexpensive bubbly bottles that I’ve seen consistently at a few of the Costco stores near me. The other bubbly that Costco carries that might be a New Year’s winner is the Kirkland Signature Champagne, which is an actual Champagne and quite a bargain at $19.99 (review coming soon). Although I could understand how the Kirkland branded bottle might not have the prestige of other Champagnes on the table. But some think Cava is the new Champagne, and it’s much more affordable. I paid $9.49 for this one, and I think it will hold up just fine, especially if you’ve primed up with a few other bottles prior to the midnight hour.
This is a good Spanish sparkler. Feels like a club soda at first, muted aromas on the nose dominated by pear and apple. A little more sweet in the mouth, citrus, lime, nectar flavors and a dry finish. I should note too that the wine is made with organic grapes, which is always a bonus. Alcohol is 11.5%.
We found this to be very enjoyable, particularly for $10. Another personal favorite in the bubbly category is Gloria Ferrer from Sonoma, who produces great bubbly wines and is also one of the best wine visits you can make if you’re ever in Sonoma. Their Blanc de Noirs is a fantastic buy at $17 but I haven’t seen these wines at Costcos near me.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 88 Points
Costco item number: 861875
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)
Sunday 3rd of January 2016
I am not familiar with this marque, and unfortunately my local Costco does not have it, but can say that Spanish cava is one of the best wine buys in the world. My wife and I spent a week in Barcelona a few years ago and the wines were cheap and dazzling--- esp. the cava, almost all of which is made in Catalonia, the area in and around Barcelona. Most of the grapes you have never heard of---but no matter, the product is crisp and just enough fruit. It is made in the "methode champagnoise"--- so everything the same produc tion-wise, just different grapes and terroir. For $10---- back the truck up and start loading. p.s. I prefer cava to the similar Italian product of prosecco as cava tends to be drier---more "brut"--- than prosecco. Prosecco is often a little too sweet for me, but just my preference. Also a great value.