Bargain Barolo from Costco

Front label of Kirkland Signature 2017 Barolo

Fast facts: 2017 Kirkland Signature Barolo, Italy ($19.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1355183)   Most of us have been asked the question: “if you could only eat one country’s food for the rest of your life, which would it be?”  I never hesitate to quickly answer: “Italian!”  And the same goes for the wines … Read moreBargain Barolo from Costco

A Great Spring Wine has Sprung at Costco

Display of 2019 Casal di Serra Verdicchio at Costco

Fast facts: 2019 Umani Ronchi, Casal di Serra, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Italy ($11.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1148623)   We talk frequently about the things to look for when choosing a wine. We often cite “the right grape, from the right place.”  We could add to that list: the right importer. I have … Read moreA Great Spring Wine has Sprung at Costco

Ba Ba Bah Ba Ba Barbaresco – on a Budget!

Bottle and glass of 2015 Barreri & Rovati Barbaresco Riseva.

Fast facts: 2015 Barreri & Rovati Barbaresco Riserva, Barbaresco, Italy ($19.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   In the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy, the Nebbiolo grape stands high above the rest. The Nebbiolo grape produces powerful wines. has two personalities—the dark, brutish wines of Barolo (which stand up to long aging better) and the … Read moreBa Ba Bah Ba Ba Barbaresco – on a Budget!

KS Barolo 2016 – Perfect for Pairing with Your Favorite Italian Dishes

Kirkland Signature 2016 Barolo alongside and atop Italian cookbooks.

Fast facts: 2016 Kirkland Signature Barolo, Italy ($19.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1355183)   Maybe it’s the change in the weather, but I have detected a strong leaning into Italian wines over the past month or so.  There was this recent Valpolicella that we featured from Trader Joe’s and, of course, the Kirkland Signature … Read moreKS Barolo 2016 – Perfect for Pairing with Your Favorite Italian Dishes

Perfect for Pairing with Pizza and Pasta

Bottle and glass of 2018 Cecilia Beretta, Valpolicella, Verona, Italy perched atop our all-time favorite cookbook from the chef couple that brought restaurant Al Forno to Providence, Rhode Island.

Fast facts: 2018 Cecilia Beretta, Valpolicella, Verona, Italy ($11.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   The wines of this region have come a long way since critic Robert Parker dismissed them as “insipid, industrial garbage” over a decade ago.  This one in particular is a pretty good representation of how quickly winemakers in the region have begun … Read morePerfect for Pairing with Pizza and Pasta

Literally Super – a Tuscan Red Blend from Costco

Bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature 2018 Toscana in front of a fire. $14.99 at Costco.

Fast facts: 2018 Kirkland Signature Toscana IGT, Italy ($14.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1181768)   Wine runs deep in Tuscany, aka, Toscana. Like the art of the Renaissance, it is tightly woven into the cultural identity of this central Italian region. Agriculture forms the roots of the Tuscan lifestyle, and “the big three” – … Read moreLiterally Super – a Tuscan Red Blend from Costco

A TJ’s Prosecco Rosé Find and an Easy Recipe for a Fancy Aperol Spritz

Prosecco+Aperol+Seltzer+tangerine garnish=Aperol Spritz or, summer in a glass!

Fast facts: 2020 Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Rosé ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   Prosecco is a deliciously dry sparkling wine with crisp acidity, low sugar and plenty of fruit character – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional Champagne.  Traditionally produced in Veneto in North Eastern Italy, it is fermented almost exclusively from the … Read moreA TJ’s Prosecco Rosé Find and an Easy Recipe for a Fancy Aperol Spritz

Is the best selling import “wine” in the U.S. not really a wine?

Bottle and glass of Stella Rosa Black, poolside

Fast Facts: NV* Stella Rosa Black, Asti, Piemonte, Italy  ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #804293) * NV denotes a product that is not associated with a vintage (Non-Vintage)   The bestselling wine brand in California isn’t from California. It’s not Josh or Barefoot or Coppola, or Two-Buck Chuck. It’s an Italian import called Stella … Read moreIs the best selling import “wine” in the U.S. not really a wine?

The Best Wine $4.99 Can Buy? You Decide!

The Primitivo on the left, the Aglianico on the right. Both from Epicuro. Both from Trader Joe's. Both $4.99. Most importantly, both are solidly satisfying.

Fast facts: 2018 Epicuro Primitivo, Puglia, Italy ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2018  Epicuro Aglianico, Puglia, Italy ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)    Before we get into the meat of this review, let’s start with this bottom line observation: you arguably can’t find wines made in the U.S. that taste this good at this low a price. … Read moreThe Best Wine $4.99 Can Buy? You Decide!

Two Great Italian Wine Values from Trader Joe’s and Costco – Both Under $10

Front label of 2013 Casone Toscana

Fast Facts: 2013 Poggio al Casone, Toscana, Italy ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s in California) N.V. Castello del Poggio Moscato, Veneto, Italy ($7.99 @Costco in California – Item #450887) Both of our featured wines this week hail from Italy.  Although, as the private jet flies, the two regions aren’t all that far apart, these two wines are … Read moreTwo Great Italian Wine Values from Trader Joe’s and Costco – Both Under $10