Trader Joe’s vs. Costco in a $6.99 Argentine Malbec Face Off

We pit two Malbecs against each other. One from Trader Joes, one from Costco. Both from Argentina, both just $6.99

  Fast facts: 2017 Amancay Winery, Reserva Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2017 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina  ($6.99 @Costco,  California) Normally, we only review wines we like and are prepared to recommend you buy. But every now and them we find two wines that are begging to be compared – … Read moreTrader Joe’s vs. Costco in a $6.99 Argentine Malbec Face Off

At $6.99 Costco Makes it Easy to Get to Know Rioja

Bottle of 2014 Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva, Spain

“Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva is an elegant wine made from 100% Tempranillo grapes grown in the region of Rioja.  Aged 36 months in oak barrels prior to release, this ruby-colored wine has intense, spicy aromas with a hint of licorice.  Vanilla flavors on the palate leave a pleasant lingering, well-balanced finish.” 

 Everything is Coming Up Rosés at Costco 

2017 Seaglass Monterey County Rosé & 2017 Benziger Winery North Coast Rosé

Fast facts: 2017 Seaglass Monterey County Rosé  ($7.99 @Costco; California) 2017 Benziger Winery North Coast Rosé ($9.99@Costco; California) We are enjoying a short spell of early summer-like weather (temps in the mid 80s) here in SoCal, so last night my wife and I sat poolside and put these two wines to the test to see which one … Read more Everything is Coming Up Rosés at Costco 

Fire up the BBQ and pull the cork on this Syrah from Trader Joe’s

Bottle of 2017 Trader Joe's Reserve Lot 100, Paso Robles, CA

Syrah and barbecue.  They got a thing…going on. (Or they should.) Fast facts: 2017 Trader Joe’s Reserve Lot 100, Paso Robles, CA ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s; California) Despite being the world’s sixth most planted grape variety,  Syrah remains a bit of a mystery to American wine consumers.  Once thought to be heir to the throne that … Read moreFire up the BBQ and pull the cork on this Syrah from Trader Joe’s

Costco has your wine for the apocalypse – under $10!

2016 Rabble Red Wine, Paso Robles, CA 

It’s hard to not notice the apocalyptic art on this bottle. But don’t let that scare you away. Fast facts: 2016 Rabble Red Wine, Paso Robles, CA  ($9.89 @Costco; California – Item # 922592) I’ve seen this wine elsewhere for $17.  So the current Costco price of $9.89 is that much more appealing. That at … Read moreCostco has your wine for the apocalypse – under $10!

Vive la différence – a white wine from the wild side of Trader Joe’s

2017 Vignobles Lacheteau, Vouvray, France

Vouvray is an important appellation in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley. Fast facts: 2017 Vignobles Lacheteau, Vouvray, France $7.99 (@Trader Joe’s,  California) Vouvray is an important appellation in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley.  What makes it especially unique is that virtually all of its wines are made from a single white wine … Read moreVive la différence – a white wine from the wild side of Trader Joe’s

Costco knocks it out of the park – again -with this $6.49 red wine gem

2013 Adega Vila Real Reserva, Douro, Portugal

Fast facts: 2013 Adega Vila Real Reserva, Douro, Portugal $6.49 (@Costco; California) First, just let me say that Costco has been on a roll lately.  I find that both Trader Joe’s and Costco tend to “run hot and cold” in the wine deals and steals department, but of late Costco has had some serious game when … Read moreCostco knocks it out of the park – again -with this $6.49 red wine gem

Welcome Spring with a $7.99 White Wine Steal from Costco

2017 Terra Santa, Ile de Beaute, Corsica, France 

A Wine Spectator 90 point wine, for $7.99?! Fast facts: 2017 Terra Santa, Ile de Beaute, Corsica, France ($7.99 @Costco; California) Happy Spring! The calendar assures us that winter is over.  Sure enough, the sunlight is warmer here in the northern hemisphere and each day we get a little more.  The vineyards have started to wake … Read moreWelcome Spring with a $7.99 White Wine Steal from Costco

Two Costco Italian Wines for Pizza and Pasta Pairing

2014 Monte Antico Rosso & 2015 Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico

Fast facts: 2014 Monte Antico Rosso  ($8.89 @Costco; California) 2015 Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico ($9.79@Costco; California) Ever been asked: “if you had to choose one cuisine to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?”  When I am asked, I don’t hesitate in proclaiming that my choice would be Italian food. … Read moreTwo Costco Italian Wines for Pizza and Pasta Pairing