A Whole Lot of Red Wine Goodness for $5.99 from Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's store display of 2019 The Originals Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington

Fast facts: 2019 Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington ($5.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   Before we start waxing about the grape, the vinification, the history…let’s say this: this is a great bottle of wine for $5.99!     I entered the wine business – at least as a professional, hehe – in the early nineties.  It … Read moreA Whole Lot of Red Wine Goodness for $5.99 from Trader Joe’s

Two Red Wines from Costco, and the Opposite Ends of the Rhone Price Spectrum

Bottle of 2019 Kirkland Signature Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France and 2020 Kirkland Signature Côtes Du Rhône Villages

Fast Facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France ($22.99 @Costco in California – Item #777662) 2020 Kirkland Signature Côtes Du Rhône Villages ($6.99 @Costco in California – Item #887774)   And, just like that, we find ourselves on the other side of the Thanksgiving holiday and on the slippery slide down towards the December holidays and … Read moreTwo Red Wines from Costco, and the Opposite Ends of the Rhone Price Spectrum

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

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!

Three from Costco for this Thirsty Thursday – All Way Under $10!

Three Thirsty Thursday bottles of featured wines from Costco - all under $10!

Fast facts: 2018 Santa Rita Secret Reserve Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile $5.99* (@Costco, California, Item# 1154159) 2019 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina $6.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1239144) 2019 Kirkland Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages, Rhône Valley, France  $6.99 (@Costco; California – Item #: 887774) *net price after $5 in store discount If you’re like us, … Read moreThree from Costco for this Thirsty Thursday – All Way Under $10!

Two 90 Point Red Wines from Costco – both under $10. Nice!

Bottle and glass of both 2015 Flor de Campo Pinot Noir and Domaine de Carmignan red Rhone blend from Costco

Fast facts: 2015 Sanford Flor de Campo Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, California $7.99* (@Costco, California, Item# 767331) 2017 Domaines de Carmignan Rouge, Côtes du Rhône, France $6.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1353178) *net price after $12 (!) discount at register. Happy Thirsty Thursday! As I have opined here before, for all the many negatives about … Read moreTwo 90 Point Red Wines from Costco – both under $10. Nice!