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

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

Two Ten Buck Chucks – A Lot of Flavor for $9.99

Bottles and glasses of Trader Joe's Reserve 2018 Merlot Lot #202 (left) and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot #179

Fast facts: 2018 Trader Joe’s Reserve Merlot Lot #179, Napa Valley, California ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2018 Trader Joe’s Reserve  Cabernet Sauvignon Lot #202, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   We’ve tried many of wines from the Trader’s Joe’s Reserve line up, and these may be two of the best we … Read moreTwo Ten Buck Chucks – A Lot of Flavor for $9.99

Costco’s Wine Advent Calendar Comes but Once a Year, Go!

End aisle display of Costco's 2020 Wine Advent Calendar which includes 24 half bottles of wine

Fast Facts: 2020 Edition Costco Wine Advent Calendar  ($97.99@Costco in California – Item #1480467)     So I was all set to pull the trigger on this week’s featured wine.  Before I could, I had to run to Costco to look for some fresh fish for dinner.  (Of course, I had to buy over three … Read moreCostco’s Wine Advent Calendar Comes but Once a Year, Go!

A Perfectly Good Napa Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s – oh, did I mention it’s under $10?

2016 Pinot Noir Trader Joe's Napa Valley, Lot# 178

Fast facts: Trader Joe’s Napa Valley 2016 Pinot Noir, Lot# 178 ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s; California) Several weeks ago, we reviewed a VINTJS Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s. This Napa Valley wine from TJs makes for an interesting study in contrasts. Whereas the Oregon Pinot was more Burgundian (or “old world”) in style, this … Read moreA Perfectly Good Napa Pinot Noir from Trader Joe’s – oh, did I mention it’s under $10?

A CDR for your holiday table. Cheers from Costco!

2015 Richette Cotes du Rhone (France)

See that price point that doesn’t end in the usual $.99?  That means this bottle of wine (which retails else where for upwards of $15) has been discounted by your friends at Costco! In last week’s wine review and post, I discouraged you from purchasing a particular Cote du Rhone (CDR) bottling from Trader Joe’s: … Read moreA CDR for your holiday table. Cheers from Costco!

Crazy Good Merlot at a Crazy Costco Price!

2013 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot, Sonoma Mountain

Read to the end, and you will be rewarded with a picture of a really lovely dog. This wine however, is anything BUT a dog! Fast facts: 2013 Kenwood Jack London Vineyard Merlot, Sonoma Mountain $9.99 (@Costco; California) In the recent past, Merlot has faded in popularity among U.S. wine consumers. I have a theory … Read moreCrazy Good Merlot at a Crazy Costco Price!

Ice, ice, Icewine, baby.

2016 Levesque Estates Reserve Vidal Ice Wine, VQA Niagara On the Lake, Canada

Fast facts: 2016 Levesque Estates Reserve Vidal Ice Wine, VQA Niagara On the Lake, Canada $14.99 (@Trader Joe’s; California) This is the first of several posts that will feature wines to pair with the upcoming holidays here in the Northern Hemisphere.  This one would be a perfect complement to your dessert table, or – as … Read moreIce, ice, Icewine, baby.

Locking Horns – TJ’s and Costco go Head to Head with Napa Red Blends

2015 Trader Joe's Reserve Meritage Lot 176, Napa Valley & 2015 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend

Fast facts: 2015 Trader Joe’s Reserve Meritage Lot 176, Napa Valley ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2015 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend ($10.99@Costco; California) What’s in a name? Sometimes, not much. Let’s start the difference between a Meritage and a “Red Blend”.  A Meritage is always a red blend, but a red blend is not … Read moreLocking Horns – TJ’s and Costco go Head to Head with Napa Red Blends