A Yummy 90-point Wine Surprise from Costco

Bottle and glass of Zaca Mesa 2018 Viognier from Costco.

Fast facts: 2018 Zaca Mesa Viognier, Santa Ynez Valley, California ($12.99 @ Costco, California – Item #27950)   Being less than an hour away, Santa Barbara County (which includes the Santa Ynez Valley AVA) is our “local” wine region. So we were pretty excited to find this 90 point (Galloni and Wine Enthusiast) 2018 Zaca … Read moreA Yummy 90-point Wine Surprise from Costco

Costco’s Wine Advent Calendar Comes but Once a Year, Get on It!

The perennial Wine Advent Calendar at Costco.

Fast Facts: 2021 Edition Costco Wine Advent Calendar  ($99.99@Costco in California – Item #1357643)     I know, we have to get past Halloween – and Thanksgiving, for that matter – before we get to the year-end holidays.  But we are on CST (Costco Standard Time) here at Vinopointer.com and they have their year-end holiday … Read moreCostco’s Wine Advent Calendar Comes but Once a Year, Get on It!

Is this Costco wine the Best $10 Pinot Noir in America?

Bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature 2019 Carneros Pinot Noir from Costco.

Fast facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley, California ($9.99 @ Costco, California – Item #505074)   The back label of this bottle provides a pretty good introduction to this wine and the Carneros wine growing region as well: The Carneros AVA is the first wine region in California to be defined by … Read moreIs this Costco wine the Best $10 Pinot Noir in America?

The Two Most Popular Wine Varieties in the US – via Costco

Glasses and bottles of Kirkland Signature 2019 Russian River Valley (Sonoma County) Chardonnay and Kirkland Signature 2019 Columbia Valley (Washington State) Cabernet Sauvignon

Fast Facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington ($8.99 @Costco in California – Item #1226845) 2019 Kirkland Signature Chardonnay,  Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California ($12.99 @Costco in California – Item #789895)   What were the two most popular wine varieties sold in the US in 2020?  That’s easy.  Cabernet Sauvignon and – not far … Read moreThe Two Most Popular Wine Varieties in the US – via Costco

Two Stunning Syrah/Shiraz from Trader Joe’s

Bottles and glasses of Trader Joe's Reserve 2018 Syrah from Paso Robles, California and 2018 Shiraz from Barossa, Australia - both $9.99 at TJ's

Fast facts: 2018 Trader Joe’s Reserve Shiraz, Lot 214, Barossa, Australia ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2018 Trader Joe’s Reserve Syrah, , Lot 209, Paso Robles, California ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   A Little Preamble: The Syrah grape is responsible for some of the most sought after bottlings in the world. In the Rhone Valley of … Read moreTwo Stunning Syrah/Shiraz from Trader Joe’s

A Pair of Pinots Promotionally Priced at Costco

Bottle and glass of 2018 Four Virtues Pinot Noir and 2016 Stasis Pinot Noir, both from Costco

Fast Facts: 2016 Stasis Pinot Noir, Murmur Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California ($13.99* @Costco in California – Item #826896) 2018 Four Virtues Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California ($9.99* @Costco in California – Item #1556414) *net price after $10 (Stasis) and $7 (Four Virtues) discounts   I do hope you appreciate all that alliteration we packed into that … Read moreA Pair of Pinots Promotionally Priced at Costco

A Pair of Special Cabs from Costco

Bottles and glasses of Bound and Kirkland Signature 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon. The former from Sonoma, the latter from Napa Valley.

Fast Facts: 2018 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Suscol Vineyard, Napa Valley, California ($16.99 @Costco in California – Item #1491800) 2018 Bound, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California ($9.99* @Costco in California – Item #1422019) *net price after $6 discount   The Mayacamas mountain range in Northern California separates two of the most famous wine regions in … Read moreA Pair of Special Cabs from Costco

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!

All You Need is Love – a groovy Costco wine that is perfect for BBQ

Bin display of McClean Vineyards Love red wine blend at Costco

Fast Facts: 2019 McClean Vineyards, Love Red Blend, Paso Robles, California  ($11.49 @Costco in California – Item #1528847)   So I admit that it was the “packaging” that stopped me in my tracks for this wine. I am so shallow sometimes.  In lieu of a traditional paper label, this wine comes in a gorgeous silk-screened … Read moreAll You Need is Love – a groovy Costco wine that is perfect for BBQ

TJs Delivers Spring in a Wine Bottle

Bottle and glass of Pine Ridge 2020 Chenin Blanc + Viognier - and a vase of yellow Gerberra Daisies

Fast facts: 2020 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier (California) $11.99 (@Trader Joe’s; California)   I have to admit that the first time I encountered this wine in the wilds of the Trader Joe’s wine section, I was puzzled. I knew Pine Ridge well, but exclusively as a producer of fine and expensive ($65 to … Read moreTJs Delivers Spring in a Wine Bottle