A Costco CabSauv that Checks All the Boxes – Well, Almost All

Bottle of the 2019 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Suscol Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, decanted.

Fast Facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Suscol Vineyard, Napa Valley, California ($16.99 @Costco in California – Item #1491800)   The march of Kirkland Signature wines continues unabated.  The flood gates have opened and we are not complaining.  This is one of our favorites and we were delighted to see this just show up in … Read moreA Costco CabSauv that Checks All the Boxes – Well, Almost All

Yep, Red Wine with Fish

Bottle and glass of 2020 Trader Joe's Reserve Merlot Lot #236, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Reserve Merlot Lot #236, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California ($9.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   Even though we recently reviewed another $9.99 Merlot bottled under the Trader Joe’s Reserve moniker, that one was from Sonoma Valley.  This one hails from the other watershed of the Mayacamas Mountains, they one … Read moreYep, Red Wine with Fish

One of our Perennial Favorite Red Wines from Costco

Glass and bottle of 2019 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA.

Fast facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA ($10.99 @ Costco, California – Item #333110)     Tasting Notes: Start with nice aromas of cherry, spice, vanilla, cola, black pepper and a hint of sandalwood.  Smooth and silky in the mouth with flavors of black cherry, red berries, vanilla, and eucalyptus. which linger … Read moreOne of our Perennial Favorite Red Wines from Costco

Attention Chardonnay Lovers!

Bottle and glass of 2017 Bouchaine Chardonnay and Carpe Diem Chadonnary

Fast Facts: 2018 Carpe Diem Chardonnay, Anderson Valley, Sonoma, California ($15.99 @Costco in California – Item #980701) 2017 Bouchain Estate Chardonnay, Carneros, Napa Valley, California ($17.99* @Costco in California – Item #60020) *price after $10 in store discount, as show below!     Two Chardonnays with similar price points, but slightly different styles meant we … Read moreAttention Chardonnay Lovers!

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

Say So Long to Summer with a Pair of SauvBlanc from Trader Joe’s

Bottles and glasses of Trader Joe's Reserve Napa 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (L) and Monique Cellars 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (R)

Fast facts: 2020 Monique Cellars, Central Coast, California ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) 2020 Trader Joe’s Reserve Lot 224,  Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   Ever study wine consumers picking out wines from a sea of labels?  I do, but after some 30 years in the wine business, I can’t help it.  … Read moreSay So Long to Summer with a Pair of SauvBlanc from Trader Joe’s

A Blockbuster Meritage from the Trader Joe’s Wine Lotto – You Can’t Win if you Don’t Play!

The front label of this 2018 Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage from the Rutherford AVA in the Napa Valley.

Fast facts: 2018 Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Meritage, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California ($14.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   Readers that have been following us for a while have seen prior reviews of Meritage bottlings here before.  Frankly, it is rare to find a Meritage that disappoints.  I think it has something to do with the flexibility … Read moreA Blockbuster Meritage from the Trader Joe’s Wine Lotto – You Can’t Win if you Don’t Play!

Is this Costco wine the Best $10 Pinot Noir in America?

Bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature 2019 Carneros Pinot Noir from Costco.

Fast facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley, California ($9.99 @ Costco, California – Item #505074)   The back label of this bottle provides a pretty good introduction to this wine and the Carneros wine growing region as well: The Carneros AVA is the first wine region in California to be defined by … Read moreIs this Costco wine the Best $10 Pinot Noir in America?

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

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