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

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

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

Our First 3Peat – Our Most Popular Trader Joe’s Wine Ever

Front label of Maison Barboulot red wine from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: 2019 Maison Barboulot Cabernet-Syrah $5.49 (@Trader Joe’s; California)   Our featured wine from Trader Joe’s is a three-peat, updated to the 2019 vintage, and it’s every bit as good as we remember it’s predecessors to be. Seems like many of you liked this wine too – it has been our most popular review … Read moreOur First 3Peat – Our Most Popular Trader Joe’s Wine Ever

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!

Spring Into Stocking Up on Great SauvBlanc – With Help from TJs and Costco

Bottles and glasses of Kirkland Signature 2019 Sancerre (left) from Costco and Fleur de Napa 2019 Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe's

Fast Facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Sancerre, Loire Valley, France ($15.79 @Costco in California – Item #1476058) 2019 Fleur de Napa Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s in California)   Move over red-breasted robins, daffodils and crocuses.  From here on out, the harbinger of Spring for lovers of Sauvignon Blanc may well be the … Read moreSpring Into Stocking Up on Great SauvBlanc – With Help from TJs and Costco

Wow. A Whole Lotta Vino Bang for $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Bottles and glasses of Taymor Chardonnay (left) and Tenebres GSM - both from Trader Joe's, and both $4.99

Fast facts: 2019 Tenebres GSM, Languedoc, France ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2019 Taymor Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) You long time readers of this blog (thank you!) know how much we love to find great wines that limbo in under the $10 price point. There are a surprising number … Read moreWow. A Whole Lotta Vino Bang for $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

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

Kirkland Signature Gigondas. It Only Sounds Expensive.

Bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature Gigondas 2018 before an open fire.

Fast Facts: 2018 Kirkland Signature Gigondas, France ($14.99 @Costco in California – Item #11341020)   This blend (Grenache 85%, Syrah 10% and Mourvedre 5%) is crafted from the fruit of old vines grown in the Grand Cru appellation of Gigondas, on some of its highest limestone vineyards in the Southern Rhone Valley. A GSM, it’s a … Read moreKirkland Signature Gigondas. It Only Sounds Expensive.

Two Premium Kirkland Signature Wines to Quietly Toast the New Year

Costco bin of Kirkland Signature Premier Cru Chablis 2018

Fast facts: 2018 Kirkland Signature Premier Cru Chablis, Burgundy, France $19.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1043144) 2018 Kirkland Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa, California $18.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1265184)   Happy New Year friends! In the strangest of years, we have made it to the doorstep of 2021. That which doesn’t kill you makes you … Read moreTwo Premium Kirkland Signature Wines to Quietly Toast the New Year