$9.99 CabSauv Taste Test – Costco v. Trader Joe’s

A bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottle and glass of Trader Joe's Reserve 2017 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvigon

Ahead of the July 4th holiday, we couldn’t resist putting these two Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “in the ring” to see which one would prove to be the winner. In this corner… Fast facts: 2016 Kirkland Signature Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, California  ($9.99 @Costco, California) Product #: 223343 2017 Trader Joe’s Reserve Alexander … Read more$9.99 CabSauv Taste Test – Costco v. Trader Joe’s

A Summer Weight White Wine – Just $10.99 at Costco

2017 Zaca Mesa Viognier - Just $10.99 at Costco

This Zaca Mesa Viognier is a staple in the wine bins at Costco, and in my house. At this price, it’s pretty hard to beat. Fast facts: 2017 Zaca Mesa Viognier, Santa Ynez, California ($10.99 @Costco; California – Product # 27950) Despite a recent surge in popularity worldwide, it’s a shame that Viognier (pronounced vee-on-YAE) … Read moreA Summer Weight White Wine – Just $10.99 at Costco

Chardonnay Alert @ Costco + Carneros @ $12.99. Yes, please!

Bin of Provenance Chardonnay at Costco, $10 off and $12,99 final price.

I thought I would squeeze in one more post this week for all you Chardonnay lovers out there.  My local Costco has a hot $12.99 per bottle deal on this really nice Chardonnay from the renowned Carneros Region of California – well-known for its world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. Fast facts: Provenance Vineyards, … Read moreChardonnay Alert @ Costco + Carneros @ $12.99. Yes, please!

Kirkland Signature Prosecco – a Stock Up Staple for Summer. Just $6.99 @Costco!

Bottle of Kirkland Signature DOGC Prosecco and the wine shown in a glass.

A really nice DOGC Prosecco, especially when contrasted with DOC sparklers from the same region. Not sure what all that means? Read on…. Fast facts: Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore NV, Veneto, Italy ($6.99 @Costco; California) There’s a buzz in the Prosecco Superiore hills of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano. A new generation of producers is emerging and the … Read moreKirkland Signature Prosecco – a Stock Up Staple for Summer. Just $6.99 @Costco!

We Compare Two 2015 Chiantis from Costco – Winner Take All!

Comparing two 2015 Chiantis from Costco

We put two Costco Chiantis – both from the 2015 vintage – to the test to see which one is the better wine. Fast facts: 2015 Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva  ($8.49 @Costco; California) 2015 Castello di Albola Chianti Classico ($10.99@Costco; California) On a recent excursion to my local Costco, I was pleasantly surprised to … Read moreWe Compare Two 2015 Chiantis from Costco – Winner Take All!

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

A TJs Excursion to Spain – both red, delicious, and under $10!

Both of these wines from Trader Joe’s are Spanish reds, but are stylistically quite different. Fast facts: 2016 Satis Dei, Syrah-Garnacha, Terra Alta, Spain ($8.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2014 Condado de Oriza, Reserva Ribera del Duero ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) Are you tired of me pointing out how good the wine values coming out of … Read moreA TJs Excursion to Spain – both red, delicious, and under $10!

Bargain Basement Bordeaux from Costco – très bien!

Fast facts: 2016 Château Francs Magnus Bordeaux Supérieur, France ($7.69 @Costco; California) Did you know that Brits call red Bordeaux blends “Claret”?  Now you do! Here are some other fun facts to traipse out next time you are trying to impress (or bore!) your wine-loving friends: Unlike in the U.S., most wines of Bordeaux rarely designate … Read moreBargain Basement Bordeaux from Costco – très bien!

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.”