Got ‘cue? Then get your hands on this Zin!

Store display of 2020 Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Lot #233, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Reserve Zinfandel, Lot #233, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   Just in time for barbecue season and the first days of summer.  There are few red wine varietals that are as good a match for grilled food as Zinfandel is. It was born for the role! … Read moreGot ‘cue? Then get your hands on this Zin!

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

High QPR in a CdP from Costco

Bottle and glass of 2020 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Fast facts: 2020 Kirkland Signature Chateauneuf-du-Pape ($19.99 @ Costco, California – Item #777662)   Here is yet another import carrying the Kirkland Signature label that suggests the log jam in the supply chain has eased some, for now.  If it seems like we only recently reviewed the 2019 vintage of this wine, you would be … Read moreHigh QPR in a CdP from Costco

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

Costco has the Wine to Kick Off Rosé Season – Now 1/3rd Off!

Bottle and glass of 2020 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rosé

Fast facts: 2020 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rosé, France ($6.89* @ Costco, California – Item #1401944) *price after $3 discount   NEWS FLASH: This has become our favorite pink wine, so it was a nice surprise to find it at Costco discounted by $3 – making a really good value a super, duper high … Read moreCostco has the Wine to Kick Off Rosé Season – Now 1/3rd Off!

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!

Ba Ba Bah Ba Ba Barbaresco – on a Budget!

Bottle and glass of 2015 Barreri & Rovati Barbaresco Riseva.

Fast facts: 2015 Barreri & Rovati Barbaresco Riserva, Barbaresco, Italy ($19.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   In the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy, the Nebbiolo grape stands high above the rest. The Nebbiolo grape produces powerful wines. has two personalities—the dark, brutish wines of Barolo (which stand up to long aging better) and the … Read moreBa Ba Bah Ba Ba Barbaresco – on a Budget!

Making Mimosas without Champagne?

A holiday morning Mimosa kit, Mumm sparkling wine, a carafe of OJ and orange for a garnish.

Fast facts: NV Mumm Napa, Brut Rosé , Napa, California ($14.99 @ Costco, California – Item #438577)   Well, here we are.  Down to the final seven days of 2021. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Regardless, ’tis the season for celebration, hence the need to keep lots of bubbly on hand.  Whether it’s … Read moreMaking Mimosas without Champagne?

A Delicious Riesling – A Wine for Hard to Pair Foods – from Costco

Bottle and glass of Dr. Loosen 2020 Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett from Costco

Fast facts: 2020 Dr. Loosen Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany ($14.99 @ Costco, California – Item #249109) Dr. Loosen is one of the most highly acclaimed wine estates in the world, especially in the world of German wines, and specifically the Riesling grape. In the family for over 200 years, Ernst “Erni” Loosen assumed … Read moreA Delicious Riesling – A Wine for Hard to Pair Foods – from Costco

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