One of our Perennial Favorite Red Wines from Costco

Glass and bottle of 2019 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA.

Fast facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA ($10.99 @ Costco, California – Item #333110)     Tasting Notes: Start with nice aromas of cherry, spice, vanilla, cola, black pepper and a hint of sandalwood.  Smooth and silky in the mouth with flavors of black cherry, red berries, vanilla, and eucalyptus. which linger … Read moreOne of our Perennial Favorite Red Wines from Costco

A Lot of Bordeaux Value for A Little Dough

Bottle and glass of 2018 La Garenne Red Blend, Cotes de Bordeaux, France.

Fast facts: 2018 La Garenne Red Blend, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux, France ($7.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   Most wine drinkers know of the great and coveted wines of Bordeaux. But the Côtes de Bordeaux? That’s some unfamiliar territory to most. And with good reason. You see, unlike the storied regions that made Bordeaux famous, this … Read moreA Lot of Bordeaux Value for A Little Dough

A Blockbuster Meritage from the Trader Joe’s Wine Lotto – You Can’t Win if you Don’t Play!

The front label of this 2018 Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage from the Rutherford AVA in the Napa Valley.

Fast facts: 2018 Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Meritage, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California ($14.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   Readers that have been following us for a while have seen prior reviews of Meritage bottlings here before.  Frankly, it is rare to find a Meritage that disappoints.  I think it has something to do with the flexibility … Read moreA Blockbuster Meritage from the Trader Joe’s Wine Lotto – You Can’t Win if you Don’t Play!

French (Wine) Lessons from Costco – Très Bien at Under Ten!

Case stacked Kirkland Signature 2018 Bordeaux Superieur at Costco

Fast Facts: 2018 Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, France ($7.99 @Costco in California – Item #1184548) 2017 Gérard Bertrand Tautavel, Côtes du Rousillon Villages, France ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #637442)   I think that it’s fair to say that most American wine consumers don’t understand French wine nearly as well as they do the wines … Read moreFrench (Wine) Lessons from Costco – Très Bien at Under Ten!

TJ’s Mystery Meritage Wine is a Winner

Front label of 2019 Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Knights Valley Meritage Lot #100

Fast facts: 2019 Trader Joe’s Reserve Meritage Lot 100, Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California ($12.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   So often in our reviews we discuss whether a vintage is too old, and whether the wine may have passed.  This is especially true for white wines but applies to red wines as well.  In the … Read moreTJ’s Mystery Meritage Wine is a Winner

A Tasty Pair of Wines from Costco – at a Tasty $9.99 Price

Costco display of Au Contraire 2017 Chardonnay

Fast facts: 2017 Au Contraire Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California $9.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 976040) 2016 D de Dauzac, Bordeaux, France $9.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1389225)   I’m flat out at excited about sharing these two wines with you all. You know how much we love our “high QPR” wines here at Vinopointer, and … Read moreA Tasty Pair of Wines from Costco – at a Tasty $9.99 Price

Two Napa Red Gems from Costco – the Wine Equivalents of an Autumn Sweater

Bottles and glasses of Napa Valley red wines from Costco

Fast facts: 2018 Kirkland Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California $23.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 505081) 2018 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, California $10.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 333110)   I am not a big fan of the wine app Vivino. The reason? I don’t really trust it. Anyone can post, and … Read moreTwo Napa Red Gems from Costco – the Wine Equivalents of an Autumn Sweater

Good wine, for $3.99? Trader Joe’s says “yes!”

Chateau Pitray case-stacked at Costco.

Fast Facts: 2017 Adorada Pinot Gris, California  ($3.99 @Trader Joe’s in California) 2015 Chateau Pitray, Castillon, Bordeaux, France ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #1044889)   This Week’s Selection from Trader Joe’s: I often cite the clues I look for when trying to find extraordinary wine values. One of these, of course, is the appellation. … Read moreGood wine, for $3.99? Trader Joe’s says “yes!”

Get Your Hands on Costco’s $10.99 Napa Valley Red Blend

Label of Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend - $10.99 at Costco (California)

Today’s Fast Friday wine find is a delicious 2016 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend from Costco that is a bargain at $10.99. Fast facts: 2016 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, California  ($10.99 @Costco; California – Item #: 333110) Finish… Not surprisingly, it’s always the last thing we discuss when describing a wine. We … Read moreGet Your Hands on Costco’s $10.99 Napa Valley Red Blend

A big, bold red wine from Chile – and Costco!

Front label of 2016 Aresti Trisquel Gran Reserva Red Blend Wine

The Aresti 2016 Gran Reserva ($12.99 at Costco) is what we refer to in the wine business as a “big red wine.”  Yeah, it’s a technical term… Fast facts: 2016 Aresti Trisquel Gran Reserva Red Blend, Curicó Valley, Chile  ($12.99 @Costco; California – Costco Item #: 1314386)     Unlike past visits, my most recent wine spelunking expedition to … Read moreA big, bold red wine from Chile – and Costco!