Trader Joe’s has Good Sake for Goodness’ Sake

Bottle and glass of Sho Chiku Bai Sake from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: Sho Chiku Bai Sake, Berkeley, Californa ($3.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   How good is the QPR on this (rice) wine? Well, a local high-end supermarket (which shall remain nameless) sells it for twice the price.  It’s less than a mile away from our local Trader Joe’s, so yeah, it is worth the … Read moreTrader Joe’s has Good Sake for Goodness’ Sake

Jonesing for a Great Napa Cab? Look to Trader Joes’s

A Santa statuette alongside a glass and bottle ofthe 2020 Trader Joe's Diamond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the esteemed Stag's Leap district of Napa Valley.

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Diamond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California ($19.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)     Some of you may be familiar with unoaked Chardonnay bottlings.  These are wines that are not fermented or aged in oak casks. Most Chardonnay is. The winemaker’s motivation is to let the resulting wine … Read moreJonesing for a Great Napa Cab? Look to Trader Joes’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

Some Wine Assistance in the Final Countdown to Thanksgiving – Cheers!

Hello everyone! We’re publishing a day ahead of Thirsty Thursday because this week, it coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday.  Also, to give you one last chance to look for these great wine pairings if your holiday eve shopping trap line takes you into Costco, Trader Joe’s – or both. In our home, we have started … Read moreSome Wine Assistance in the Final Countdown to Thanksgiving – Cheers!

Perfect poolside sippers – both French rosé wines – one from Costco and one from Trader Joe’s

Perfect poolside sippers - both rosé wines - one from Costco and one from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: 2020 Kirkland Signature rosé, Côtes de Provence, France ($8.49 @ Costco, California – Item #1133993) 2019 Amie La Vie! rosé of Syrah – Grenache ($7.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   Welcome to summer 2021! No summer afternoon is complete without a little bit of rosé, be it a pale pink/orange one from Provence or the more … Read morePerfect poolside sippers – both French rosé wines – one from Costco and one from Trader Joe’s

A Summer Weight Spanish Garnacha from Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's shelf display of Las Margas 2018 Garnacha

Fast facts: 2018 Las Margas Garnacha, Cariñena, Spain ($12.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   Garnacha is the Spanish (and therefore original) name for the grape known in France and elsewhere (like California) as Grenache. There was a time when it was the dominant grape in Spain. Now, despite ripping up almost half of its Garnacha vineyards, … Read moreA Summer Weight Spanish Garnacha from Trader Joe’s

The Two Most Popular Wine Varieties in the US – via Costco

Glasses and bottles of Kirkland Signature 2019 Russian River Valley (Sonoma County) Chardonnay and Kirkland Signature 2019 Columbia Valley (Washington State) Cabernet Sauvignon

Fast Facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington ($8.99 @Costco in California – Item #1226845) 2019 Kirkland Signature Chardonnay,  Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California ($12.99 @Costco in California – Item #789895)   What were the two most popular wine varieties sold in the US in 2020?  That’s easy.  Cabernet Sauvignon and – not far … Read moreThe Two Most Popular Wine Varieties in the US – via Costco

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!

There’s a new K in town at Costco – think pink wine

Bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature K Vine 2020 rose wine from Costco

Fast Facts: 2020 Kirkland Signature K Vine Rosé of Syrah, Buckshot Vineyard, Washington State, USA  ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #1462888)    At last, Costco’s much-hyped, highly anticipated K Vine series are arriving in stores.  The first one to land in my local Costco is this lovely rosé.  Created in collaboration with the “rock … Read moreThere’s a new K in town at Costco – think pink wine