Love at First Sniff – a 90+ Point TJs Red Wine Find for Under $20

Glass and bottle of 2019 Clos de los Siete Malbec, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina ($16.99 @Trader Joe’s in California)

Fast Facts: 2019 Clos de los Siete Red Blend, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina ($16.99 @Trader Joe’s in California)   Michel Rolland is arguably one of the 10 most influential individuals in the modern wine era.  His style dominated the world for decades and continues to influence how the most costly wines are made.  Namely, … Read moreLove at First Sniff – a 90+ Point TJs Red Wine Find for Under $20

2020 KS WV PN

Classy new 2020 Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir lablel, from Willamette Valley, Oregon via Costco

Fast facts: 2020 Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($12.99 @ Costco, California – Item #975274) No, that subject line is not a recently-spied vanity license plate on the highways here in SoCal.  It is short hand for this week’s featured wine from the PNW.  (Shorthand for the Pacific Northwest, aka the “other” west … Read more2020 KS WV PN

Our Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Wines from Trader Joe’s – Updated!

Front of a Trader Joe's store.

  Going shopping for wine at your local Trader Joe’s?  Well take along this list of the 13 most recent posts that included wines from TJ’s. In this “case” think of it as your lucky 13! All prices shown are based on those in California.  Click on any of the links below for tasting notes … Read moreOur Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Wines from Trader Joe’s – Updated!

Our Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Costco Wines – Updated!

Photo of front of a Costco store

  Going shopping for wine at your local Costco?  Well take along this list of the 13 most recent posts that included wines from Costco. In this “case” think of it as your lucky 13! Click on any of the links below for item numbers, tasting notes – and more…   2021 Kirkland Signature Malbec, … Read moreOur Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Costco Wines – Updated!

A Whole Lotta Malbec for $6.99 at Costco

2021 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($6.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1239144)

Fast facts: 2021 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($6.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1239144)   See that 90 prominently displayed on the neck foil of this Kirkland Signature Malbec?  That was awarded by the critic James Suckling. I am not a slave to others reviews and point systems (heck, I almost always have to … Read moreA Whole Lotta Malbec for $6.99 at Costco

Oakville Napa Cab for Under $20? Thanks, Costco!

Store display of the 2020 Kirkland Signature Series, Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Kirkland Signature Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley, California  ($19.99@Costco, California – Item #866663)   This week we are featuring a Kirkland Signature Series wine from the “high rent district” of Napa.  Although those references may be redundant.   Let’s start with some basics here, which may or may not be new information for … Read moreOakville Napa Cab for Under $20? Thanks, Costco!

Bingo! Wine Stalking Pays Off at TJ’s

Front label of the 2020 Les Sommets Liès Corbières, France - a mere $6.99 @Trader Joe’s

Fast facts: 2020 Les Sommets Liès Corbières, France ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   During a recent visit to my local Trader Joe’s, I overheard an employee enthusiastically recommending this wine.  She was telling a customer that it was “everyone’s favorite” among store employees.  Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued.  So when she was free … Read moreBingo! Wine Stalking Pays Off at TJ’s

It’s Back, and it’s As Good as Ever – KS Toscana 2019

Front label of Kirkland Signature 2019 Toscana

Fast facts: 2019 Kirkland Signature Toscana IGT, Italy ($14.99 @Costco; California – Product #1181768)   Our reviews of this “Super Tuscan” wine date back to the 2016 vintage, and this one represents our third visitation.  It remains one of our perennial favorites bottled under the Kirkland Signature label.  But it depletes quickly, so do what … Read moreIt’s Back, and it’s As Good as Ever – KS Toscana 2019

Some January Ice (Wine) for Your Enjoyment

Fire and Ice (wine) will make the dark nights of winter more palatable, quite literally...

Fast facts: 2019 Levesque Estates Reserve Vidal Ice Wine, VQA Niagara On the Lake, Canada ($14.99@Trader Joe’s; California)   You may be surprised to learn that Icewine (the anglicanization of the German Eiswein) is the most famous wine produced in Canada. Heck, for all I know, you might be surprised to hear that Canada produces … Read moreSome January Ice (Wine) for Your Enjoyment

TJ’s $9.99 Fun-Size Legit Champagne Will Have you “Drinking Stars” – or Maybe Just Seeing Them!

Glass and bottle of Ernest Rapeneau Champagne Brut ($9.99@Trader Joe's, California) alongside a 750ml standard bottle of Dom Perignon for perspective.

NV Ernest Rapeneau Champagne Brut, Epernay, France ($9.99@Trader Joe’s, California)   We celebrated the solstice yesterday by popping the cap on this bottle. We are in the home stretch of 2022 people, and this bottle (or bottles!) would be good to have in your fridge for several reasons. If you’re like us, there are holiday … Read moreTJ’s $9.99 Fun-Size Legit Champagne Will Have you “Drinking Stars” – or Maybe Just Seeing Them!