Gee, Gigondas! That’s French for High QPR!

Bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature 2019 Gigondas, Gigondas, France (Item #1134102) $14.99 at Costco, California

Fast facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Gigondas,  Gigondas, France ($14.99 @ Costco, California – Item # 1134102)   I am blaming the warping of time on Covid, but when I recently spied this in my local Costco my first thought was: “didn’t we just review the 2018 vintage?” The answer was no, we reviewed it some … Read moreGee, Gigondas! That’s French for High QPR!

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

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!

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

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

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.

Costco Over-Delivers – 91 points for $8.99

Close up of the label of 2013 Cuvee Z from Costco

Fast Facts on this Week’s Featured Wine: 2013 Zaca Mesa Z Cuvée, Santa Ynez Valley, CA ($8.99* @Costco in California – Item #160928) *net price after $5 .00 discount     Taking one for the team, we finally donned our facemasks, waited in line and made our way into our local Costco.  Our relatively long … Read moreCostco Over-Delivers – 91 points for $8.99

Another Trader Joe’s GSM – Crazy High QPR at $6.99

Close up photo of Pontificis 2016 GSM

Fast facts: 2016 Badet Clement Pontificis GSM, Languedoc-Rousillon, France ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)       Long time readers will have come to understand that QPR is shorthand for Quality to Price Ratio.  It’s a good measure of wine value. This one scores super high on that scale. And if you read our review of a … Read moreAnother Trader Joe’s GSM – Crazy High QPR at $6.99

Trader Joe’s has two great wines for your next BBQ – just $9.99 each!

Two bottles of wine and each in a wine glass.

Fast facts: 2016 Trader Joe’s Reserve Zinfandel Lot #185, Amador County, California ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2017 Trader Joe’s Reserve GSM Lot #187, Central Coast, California ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) It’s hard to believe, but Labor Day is right around the corner.  So if your plans, like ours, include firing up the grill and using … Read moreTrader Joe’s has two great wines for your next BBQ – just $9.99 each!

For Poolside Sipping: Two Bargain Trader Joe’s Rosés

Photo of two bottles and glasses of rose from Trader Joe's, one from California, the other from France

These two rosés from Trader Joe’s couldn’t be more different.  But at well under $10 each, that doesn’t mean you won’t love them both! Fast facts: 2018 Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Rosé, Napa Valley ($5.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2018 St. Sagnol Rosé, Provence, France ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) A wise person once quipped: “all wine … Read moreFor Poolside Sipping: Two Bargain Trader Joe’s Rosés