From the Pinot Master

Bottle and glass of 2018 Boen Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California

Fast facts: 2018 Boen Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California ($17.99* @ Costco, California – Item #1641974) *Net price after $5.00 store discount   Let’s start with the name, BÖEN.  The owner/winemaker chose it because, in his words:  “BÖEN is a translation of ‘The Farm’ and I chose it as a reminder to … Read moreFrom the Pinot Master

Is this the Best $10 Pinot Noir in America?

Bottle and glass of Trader Joe's Reserve 2020 Chalone Pinot Noir

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Reserve Chalone Pinot Noir, California ($9.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   Astute readers may recall that once before (July of 2021 to be precise) we annointed a different wine as the best $10 Pinot Noir in America. But you may recall that one was from Costco.  Nonetheless, this one may … Read moreIs this the Best $10 Pinot Noir in America?

Finally, a Pair of Thanksgiving Red Wines – one each from TJs and Costco

Bottle and glass of 2020 Ocean View Pinot Noir, and 2019 Opolo Summit Creak Vineyard Zinfandel

Fast facts: 2020 Ocean View Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo County, California ($14.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) 2019 Opolo Summit Creak Vineyard Zinfandel, Paso Robles, California ($12.99 @Costco, California)   We say “finally” in our subject line not to imply that we have been keeping you waiting for our red wine picks for the Thanksgiving holiday, … Read moreFinally, a Pair of Thanksgiving Red Wines – one each from TJs and Costco

World Class Pinot Noir Under $15?!

Glass and bottle of 2020 Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Pinot Noir Lot #106, Santa Rita Hills, California - $12.99 in California stores. Oh, and a baby sugar pumpkin that could be a pumpkin tart in a few short weeks!

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Pinot Noir Lot #106, Santa Rita Hills, California ($12.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)     This wine was recently featured in Trader Joe’s infamous in-store rag, The Fearless Flyer.  Here’s what they had to say about this wine: “Located in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, CA, surrounded … Read moreWorld Class Pinot Noir Under $15?!

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?

A Pair of Pinots Promotionally Priced at Costco

Bottle and glass of 2018 Four Virtues Pinot Noir and 2016 Stasis Pinot Noir, both from Costco

Fast Facts: 2016 Stasis Pinot Noir, Murmur Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California ($13.99* @Costco in California – Item #826896) 2018 Four Virtues Pinot Noir, Monterey County, California ($9.99* @Costco in California – Item #1556414) *net price after $10 (Stasis) and $7 (Four Virtues) discounts   I do hope you appreciate all that alliteration we packed into that … Read moreA Pair of Pinots Promotionally Priced at Costco

Three from Costco for this Thirsty Thursday – All Way Under $10!

Three Thirsty Thursday bottles of featured wines from Costco - all under $10!

Fast facts: 2018 Santa Rita Secret Reserve Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile $5.99* (@Costco, California, Item# 1154159) 2019 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina $6.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1239144) 2019 Kirkland Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages, Rhône Valley, France  $6.99 (@Costco; California – Item #: 887774) *net price after $5 in store discount If you’re like us, … Read moreThree from Costco for this Thirsty Thursday – All Way Under $10!

Costco Has Two Perfect Pinots for Your Holiday Table

Bottle and glass of King Estate 2018 Pinot Gris (left) and Martin Ray 2018 Pinot Noir

Fast facts: 2018 King Estate Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon $9.99* (@Costco, California, Item# 232249) 2018 Martin Ray Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California $14.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 803486) *net price after $5 in store discount   Peter Piper picked a pair of Pinots… Were you thinking when you read the headline that we were going … Read moreCostco Has Two Perfect Pinots for Your Holiday Table

Bargain Wines for your Thanksgiving Table – from Trader Joe’s

Bottle of 2019 Petiole Pinot Noir and 2018 Riddle Chardonnay from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: 2018 Petiole Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($8.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2019 Riddle Chardonnay, Edna Valley, California ($5.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   When you ask people for their favorite wine pairing for the traditional Thanksgiving meal, two wines seem to top the list:  Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.   The former almost falls into … Read moreBargain Wines for your Thanksgiving Table – from Trader Joe’s

Get Your Pinot Fix for $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Bottle and glass of 2018 Loudenotte Pinot Noir from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: 2018 Loudenotte Pinot Noir, Pays D’Oc, France ($7.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   Tasting Notes: The wine pours a nice dark, red – a tad darker then I expected for a French Pinot Noir. The nose is morello cherry, spice, herbs, plum, and anise. Some would call this melange Garrique, more on that later. … Read moreGet Your Pinot Fix for $7.99 at Trader Joe’s