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Your favorite Costco wines?

Post by xrvision » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:28 pm

What are your favorite wines from Costco? We're usually in the $15-25/bottle range. We prefer reds but are equal opportinity drinkers. Thanks!!

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Post by blmarsha123 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:47 pm

I picked up a mixed case of Kirkland wines just last week. I finished the first bottle: Kirkland Napa Valley : Meritage : Red : 2014
A blend, surely not for some, but I was very pleased.

I think that they are carrying beer, wine and liquor at that location for the holiday season. Among the selections, I noticed a $35,000.00 bottle of scotch.
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Post by ClaycordJCA » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:52 pm

If you haven’t done so already, check out Costcowineblog.com for suggestions. The site is run out of Florida, I believe. Costco doesn’t always have the profiled wines in our local Concord, CA store. But a fun read even if I can’t find the reviewed wines.

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Post by bertilak » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:10 pm

We have had quite a few Costco (aka Kirkland) wines. They have all been quit good. My wife used to represent a wine and liquor distributor who supplied some high-end establishments in NYC and she seems to be happy with Kirkland wines. I don't think we ever spent over $30 at Costco. For a bottle of wine, that is!

Unfortunately (or not?) I can't pick out a favorite because I don't remember which ones we've had.

If you like the really high-end stuff Costco (at least our branch) has some non-Kirkland selections you can easily spend $100 for.
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Post by TravelGeek » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:50 pm

ClaycordJCA wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:52 pm
If you haven’t done so already, check out Costcowineblog.com for suggestions.
Thank you for that link. :beer (why is there no :wine smiley)

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Post by Taz » Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:06 pm

I just rejoined Costco after a 20 year break because of the free Navy Federal Visa promotion. Haven't tried the Kirkland onesyet but I remembered that in addition to the typical popular wineries, they would had bring in less-well know ones. Last week I found a number of Wine Spectator 92-94 rated Spanish reds ranging from $15-$19 a bottle.

We had a Cune Rioja Reserva 2012 (WS93) that was nice.
Haven't tried the other two: Ribera del Duero Ardal Selección Especial Reserva 2010 (WS94) and Olarra Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva 2010 (WS92).
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Post by yukonjack » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:55 pm

ClaycordJCA wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:52 pm
If you haven’t done so already, check out Costcowineblog.com for suggestions. The site is run out of Florida, I believe. Costco doesn’t always have the profiled wines in our local Concord, CA store. But a fun read even if I can’t find the reviewed wines.
Thanks Clay. I buy quite a bit of wine from Costco so the wine blog should be helpful.

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Post by corgimom11 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:09 pm

I purchase my wine almost 100% solely from Costco myself, primarily the Kirkland wines.

2011 Kirkland Signature Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero - $13. Absolutely fantastic, I went back and bought a case to store.

2015 Kirkland Signature Gigondas was great as well.

The Kirkland Signature champagne is a great value at $20 as well, I got a couple of bottles for mimosas for the holiday.

Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages is a really underrated wine. Especially at $7. It's a great weekday dinner drink.

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Post by FraggleRock » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:39 pm

Kirkland Champagne is a very good value.
The Wine Spectator has been rating Kirkland wines lately and giving them good ratings.

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Post by xrvision » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:41 pm

Awesome. Thanks everyone! Making our Costco run in an hour. So I'll let y'all know what I come home with!

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Post by Alexa9 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 pm

I grab anything rated in the 90's under $15. I have had many outstanding wines. I no longer buy wine anywhere else.

PS you don't have to be a member.

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Post by DaftInvestor » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:02 pm

No Cosco near me - find my bargains at Total Wine and sometimes Trader Joes

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:07 pm

Alexa9 wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 pm
I grab anything rated in the 90's under $15. I have had many outstanding wines. I no longer buy wine anywhere else.

PS you don't have to be a member.
Interesting. How does one buy wine at Costco without being a member?
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Post by EvanRude » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:17 pm

Talk a friend who is a member into buying wine on your behalf. Otherwise, you can't even get in the warehouse. Try a one year membership - it really is not that expensive.

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Post by Dottie57 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:31 pm

DaftInvestor wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:02 pm
No Cosco near me - find my bargains at Total Wine and sometimes Trader Joes
I enjoy the wine selections of the municipal wine buyers. 2 of the local suburbs will have good write ups to f some of the specials. Some I like, some not as much. No klinkers.

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Post by Alexa9 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:38 pm

oldcomputerguy wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:07 pm
Alexa9 wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 pm
I grab anything rated in the 90's under $15. I have had many outstanding wines. I no longer buy wine anywhere else.

PS you don't have to be a member.
Interesting. How does one buy wine at Costco without being a member?
You can use the eye doctor, buy alcohol, and pharmacy without a membership due to laws (I think in most states)

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Post by sco » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:39 pm

Alexa9 wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:38 pm
oldcomputerguy wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:07 pm
Alexa9 wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 pm
I grab anything rated in the 90's under $15. I have had many outstanding wines. I no longer buy wine anywhere else.

PS you don't have to be a member.
Interesting. How does one buy wine at Costco without being a member?
You can use the eye doctor, buy alcohol, and pharmacy without a membership due to laws (I think in most states)

https://lifehacker.com/the-best-things- ... 1591680306
You can also go in anytime, with a gift card purchased by a member.

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Post by TLC1957 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:17 am

We will be buying liquor for our daughters wedding, 110 people. The venue is at a very up scale old mansion. Problem is we do not drink! We are members of Costco so the Costco wine blog was a good start.

So if you went to a wedding and saw Costco wine (Kirkland) what would think? Would you think we are being cheap and should avoid Costco for this event? Unlikely many bogleheads will attend so take that thinking out of the equation..... :beer

Our first wedding...a lot has changed since when we got married 40 years ago, it has been an interesting experience to say the least.

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Post by RadAudit » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:17 am

TLC1957 wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:17 am
So if you went to a wedding and saw Costco wine (Kirkland) what would think?
I would think you made the right choice given the number of people invited.

But, if your friends came just to drink high priced wine at your expense maybe you've got the wrong folks on the guest list.
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Post by bungalow10 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:23 am

I'm going to be the dissenter here... I'm almost always disappointed in Costco wines. Not necessarily the Kirkland stuff because that is good for what it is, but when I buy something else in the $16-20 range I typically don't enjoy it as much as I should and sometimes end up with a red wine headache or the sinus thing (some of you will know what I mean).

When I lived in Illinois, there was a grocery store near our house (Mariano's) that had a great wine-guy. He was able to steer me to some really good reds that were on sale in my price range. He never once failed me, and succeeded in up-selling me a bit (because those wines were good and eventually went back to regular price).

I live in Amsterdam now and I'm so surprised (in a good way!) at the affordability of really good wine. EUR9 will get me a bottle of red that is the taste equivalent of a $25 red in the US. My favorite wine comes in a 1/3 bottle size for EUR 2.49 (really!) and I love it for a weeknight glass and a half or to take with me to a park on the weekends (DH will order a beer at a pub).
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Post by jdb » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:27 am

@TLC1957: I would smile and think that you have incredible sangfroid, good tasting wines at good price and to heck with labels, or you are just clueless. But I would enjoy the wines. Might be safer to stick with known non house brands despite your sangfroid. Just my two cents. Congrats on the wedding, enjoy.

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Post by bungalow10 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:40 am

TLC1957 wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:17 am

So if you went to a wedding and saw Costco wine (Kirkland) what would think? Would you think we are being cheap and should avoid Costco for this event? Unlikely many bogleheads will attend so take that thinking out of the equation..... :beer
As I noted in my other comment, I'm not the biggest fan of Costco wine HOWEVER I would be 100% okay with Kirkland wine at a wedding and would happily drink and enjoy and celebrate :)
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Post by j0nnyg1984 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:21 am

We bought, and drank, a $10 bottle of 2015 Kirkland cab last night. It was horrible. No depth, no real flavor. The $9 bottle of Columbia crest cab we had after that was 100x better.

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Post by yukonjack » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:59 pm

TLC1957 wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:17 am
So if you went to a wedding and saw Costco wine (Kirkland) what would think? Would you think we are being cheap and should avoid Costco for this event? Unlikely many bogleheads will attend so take that thinking out of the equation..... :beer
I would smile and think that you are smart for buying good wine and an even better value. Then I would drink up.

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Post by Chadnudj » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:05 pm

FWIW, we've really enjoyed the "Three Thieves" red blend in the 1.5 liter bottle -- very affordable (downright cheap, frankly), and as tasty as many higher priced wines I've tried (little more body than a pinot noir, but way less tanniny than a cabernet or malbec)

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xrvision wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:28 pm
What are your favorite wines from Costco? We're usually in the $15-25/bottle range. We prefer reds but are equal opportinity drinkers. Thanks!!
I hope you don't mind my comment since it's not what you're asking, but I have to share my value approach to wine. I can't say enough good things about either Black Box or BotaBox, box wine. My local store charges me about $16 for one box, which has the equivalent of 4 bottles, and the wine quality is fantastic! So I'm getting 4 bottles for the price of what you're paying for one. Now maybe you could tell the difference, and would find those bottles much better, but I do challenge you to compare your favorite wine type to Black Box equivalent, and tell me if you don't like it just as much if not more.

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Post by FrugalInvestor » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:24 pm

One of our current favorites is 6th Sense Syrah 2015 from Michael David Winery in Lodi, CA for around $11.49. There are other Michael David wines in the same general price range that are often stocked at various Costco stores which we like as well including Freakshow and Petite Petit. These reds tend to be very 'big' which is what we like.
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Post by TravelforFun » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:34 pm

azanon wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:10 pm
xrvision wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:28 pm
What are your favorite wines from Costco? We're usually in the $15-25/bottle range. We prefer reds but are equal opportinity drinkers. Thanks!!
I hope you don't mind my comment since it's not what you're asking, but I have to share my value approach to wine. I can't say enough good things about either Black Box or BotaBox, box wine. My local store charges me about $16 for one box, which has the equivalent of 4 bottles, and the wine quality is fantastic! So I'm getting 4 bottles for the price of what you're paying for one. Now maybe you could tell the difference, and would find those bottles much better, but I do challenge you to compare your favorite wine type to Black Box equivalent, and tell me if you don't like it just as much if not more.
I'm surprised no one mentioned the Bota box until you did. I love the Bota box cabernet.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:44 pm

DFJ Vinhos 2013 Paxis Red (Lisboa) - At Costco for 6.00/bottle, just bought a case yesterday. Delicious mildly fruit forward but very smooth wine - goes well with most foods, and not too hot with reasonable 13% alc - outstanding value.

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Post by Lonestarz » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:01 pm

I wouldn’t buy Kirkland wine - every one I had was not that good. I’d buy a maybe 5-10 different bottles of wine off their pallets and invite friends over for a taste test party with a cheese plate. Pick a red and a white and buy in bulk. They also have a good prosecco (Kirkland in purple label I would recommend $7/bottle) A cheap brand would appear better than Kirkland visually as those unfamiliar may get a different impression from the label (is this a discount brand?)

I’m a fan of their $9-12 Bordeaux’s, not as good as what you can get in Europe but definitely worth the $2 upcharge from generic American cheap wine. But I like that flavor profile.

If you want something really good, I would have to say go to a wine store - Costco is more for casual drinking or parties. Total wine has been spot on every time I went.

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Post by ETadvisor » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:49 am

Not a wine snob and I never spend over $15 for a bottle. I just picked up a case of Malbec that was half off which amounted to less than 4 dollars a bottle. Only purchased case because of the sale which I believe is only offered this time of year. Generally, I buy (only red) 1.5 L bottle of Cavit wine.

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Post by Mr. Benedictine » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:29 am

I've enjoyed the Columbia Crest Cabernet and Syrah. The Kirkland signature wines are different than the standard Kirkland wines and are usually highly rated.

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Post by yukonjack » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:47 am

The Denver area Costcos have a nice California red wine called Rabble for $9.99 that is quite good. I would recommend it as an everyday type wine.

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Post by unstartable » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:59 am

I drink Malbec. I love Crios Malbec for the price (not at Costco that I have seen).

Kirkland Malbec is undrinkable.

(edit to add): I also agree Kirkland Prosecco is pretty good for the price.
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Post by boglegirl » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:59 am

Taz wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:06 pm
I just rejoined Costco after a 20 year break because of the free Navy Federal Visa promotion. Haven't tried the Kirkland onesyet but I remembered that in addition to the typical popular wineries, they would had bring in less-well know ones. Last week I found a number of Wine Spectator 92-94 rated Spanish reds ranging from $15-$19 a bottle.

We had a Cune Rioja Reserva 2012 (WS93) that was nice.
Haven't tried the other two: Ribera del Duero Ardal Selección Especial Reserva 2010 (WS94) and Olarra Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva 2010 (WS92).
I love Spanish reds and will look for these on my next Costco trip. One discovery I made recently is a Kirkland labeled Rioja Reserve. It's only $6.99 at my warehouse; after buying a few individual bottles I finally bought a case last week. I like it almost as much as the $15 Rioja Reserve I've been buying at TJs (Marques de Riscal). Not *quite* as much, but for more than 50% savings, it's very drinkable.

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Post by heartwood » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:48 pm

To each his own taste. First, the Black Box box wine has two Cabernets, one from California (which is good), the 2nd from Chile (which is not to my taste). Check the labels. Costco has been carrying the Chilean since its lower priced than the California.

I buy all my wine at either Costco or Total Wine. Believe it or not I find TW to be cheaper and of course it has a huge selection. Plus there's someone to ask for a recommendation.

That said, here's my recent list of Costco wines I've tried, most include the price paid, and my one or two word rating.

Costco Wine list Sept 2017 also July 2017

KS Rutherford Meritage - try again
KS Columbia Valley cab/merlot 2015 $9 try again
Estampa reserve - try again
Antano res rioja 2012 $10 - NO
KS Alexander Valley cab 2014 $10 NO
Columbia Crest red blend $9.50 P good/J eh
KS Gigondas 2015 $15 ok
H3 les chavaux 2014 $10 no
Ch Bouscasse 2011 $20 no
Privida family blend 2014 $19 no
CSM 50 cab Columbia valley $13. ???
KS Napa meritage 2014 $14 no
KS Gran res.ribera de duero 2011 $12 ???
Hess allomi Napa cab2014 $26 VG
KS brunello 2012 $25 no
KS Columbia Valley red $17 good try again?
Sonoma old vines zin - no sour $10
KS caneros PN $10 no
Gary Farrell Hallberg PN 2014 v$31 eh/NO
CS cabernet 2015 G+ $12
KS Ch neuf de pape $18 2015 eh

I just pick several on each trip and buy more the next trip if I like it.

I read the Costco descriptions but also use the free app: https://www.vivino.com/app

Take a pix of the label and get a rating and review standing in the store.

PS: I keep my list in Google Keep so I can see what I've had and what my opinion was the last time. Handy in the store when Costco says it was a 92 rated wine and my note above says "Ch Bouscasse 2011 $20 no"

PPS: vivino also does wine lists in restaurants. very helpful in looking at a list with names you may not know.

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Post by emp2b3 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:21 pm

If you are interested in trying their wines but are not a member it is worth calling to see if it is allowed. I know that in California (at least as of a few years ago) you did not have to be a member if you were only buying alcohol. I am not sure if this extends to any other states.

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Post by redrocker » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:29 pm

sco wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:39 pm
You can also go in anytime, with a gift card purchased by a member.
This loophole does *not* allow you to buy alcohol and some other items such as glasses/contacts. At least, that's what my Costco told me multiple times.

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Post by sco » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:59 pm

redrocker wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:29 pm
sco wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:39 pm
You can also go in anytime, with a gift card purchased by a member.
This loophole does *not* allow you to buy alcohol and some other items such as glasses/contacts. At least, that's what my Costco told me multiple times.
How odd. Must be some state law about buying booze with Gift cards? It is done here.

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Re: Your favorite Costco wines?

Post by TLC1957 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:51 am

heartwood wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:48 pm

I read the Costco descriptions but also use the free app: https://www.vivino.com/app

Take a pix of the label and get a rating and review standing in the store.

PS: I keep my list in Google Keep so I can see what I've had and what my opinion was the last time. Handy in the store when Costco says it was a 92 rated wine and my note above says "Ch Bouscasse 2011 $20 no"

PPS: vivino also does wine lists in restaurants. very helpful in looking at a list with names you may not know.
Thanks for the app link very useful for a non wine person who has to buy wine for 110 people for a wedding.

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Post by jmk » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:03 am

I'm a foodie but don't find the costco wines worth their $. I sometimes buy cases of Costco Blackstone when it's on sale for $5 a bottle; but I find Trader Joe's $4-6 range wines are a better value for the money. I appreciate good wine--but when trying to achieve the FI savings rates people talk about here, I find avoiding expensive wine (along with avoiding coffee shops) is one of the best ways to accumulate money. If a $15 bottle of wine is a 8 out of 10, the $5 Trader Joe's is going to be a 6-7 ("good enough"). I avoid their Charles Shaw though, not worth the money.

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