Wine At Half Price – Costco Proves the Price is White!

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  • 2016 Tenuta Ammiraglia Massavivo Vermentino, Tuscany, Italy ($8.99 @Costco; California – Item #: 1357058)
Massovivo 2016 Vermentino in display bin at Costco
At just $8.99 – call it half price.

We want to draw your attention to a couple of important details in that photo at the very top of this page. For starters, note the price.  Costco lists the “regular price” as being $16.99. That’s before they generously lopped $8 off and basically cut the price in half.  (We’ve seen this wine being sold elsewhere for over $20!)

The other thing to take note of is the asterisk just above the price, this is a Costco code that the product is an “in and out” promotion. This means that when it’s gone, it may well be gone for good. So don’t wait to put this wine to your own personal taste test.

About the Grape

You’re forgiven it you’ve never heard of, or tried, a pure Vermentino.  After all, it’s not widely planted outside of Europe. France has the greatest area planted to this grape followed closely by Italy.  It is also the most planted white grape variety on the island of Corsica. In fact, we reviewed a Vermentino/Chardonnay blend from Corsica earlier this year.

Glass and bottle of Massovivo 2016 Vermentino from Costco.
Enjoying this summer weight white wine as summer 2019 fades into autumn.

About the Winery

Tenuta Ammiraglia (Tenuta is synonymous with Estate in Italy) sits in the southwest corner of Tuscany, its vineyards carpet the hills facing the Mediterranean. The winery, owned and operated by the massive Frescobaldi dynasty, is designed to integrate perfectly into the surrounding countryside, and stands out as one of the finest examples of modern innovation and modern technology, thanks to the fact that wine-growing and wine-making on any kind of scale only began here in the 1990s. 

Massive yellow stones characterize the territory of Ammiraglia. The locals refer to these rock outcroppings as “massi vivi” – living rocks.  The minerality of these geologic characteristics inform the name of this wine (MassoVivo) as well as its fragrance and flavors.

Tasting Notes

This wine shows an intense straw yellow color with topaz undertones. Its aroma is fresh, with scents of fresh and candied citrus, pear, honey and fresh almonds. In the mouth it is fresh and tasty (which is typical for Vermentino) but the freshness is supported by a solid body, which is less common. That is why we refer to this particular bottling as an “autumn weight” one.  It is dry but fruity with a bright finish.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Like so many coastal wine regions, the wines pair remarkably well with seafood. This Vermentino would also pair well with pasta with pesto, grilled fennel and light appetizers.



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Vermentino pairs perfectly with all things seafood.


If you’re a fan of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño or Grüner Veltliner – or any style of Italian white wines – this wine would be a good pick for you.  Drop us a note and let us know what you  think!














  1. Thanks for your feedback. I checked the SKU to be sure we had it correct, and it is the same one that is on the receipt for this wine. I do know that not all stores/regions stock all the same wines, so it may be that it is available in my CA store, but not yours? I am curious to know what state you shop in…

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