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  • rlozinak
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    We do not have a Costco near us. The closest is in Rochester, which is about 45 miles away.

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  • Spacecase
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    You might consider signing up for the Costco Wine Blog. It is not affiliated with Costco, just a guy who tries wines he finds at Costco. He has been at it for several years, so he will compare the Kirkland wines to past vintages. https://costcowineblog.com

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  • quod erat
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    I've yet to have a disappointing foreign wine from Costco (French, Italian, those dirt-cheap NZ whites). Their Premier Cru Chablis and the Kirkland Gigondas in particular have been outstanding. Domestic wines are more hit/miss for me.

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  • Attjack
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    You're right and I knew that. Odd that I momentarily forgot.

  • JJD
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    That's the case for hard liquor. Costco sells wine/beer etc in Oregon.

  • DrJimmy2112
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    Good to know, thank you WillTravelForFood

  • WillTravelForFood
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    SierraBBQGuy - agreed we don't use a $20+ bottle for our daily cooking.... but we do keep inexpensive 200ml bottles (sold four to a pack) of pinot grigio in the pantry specifically for cooking purposes. It'd still be drinkable wine if we were forced to guzzle it, thus meeting the "only cook with wine you'd drink" mantra. We like the smaller bottles specifically because they're almost recipe-sized. If we need a red, we'll get a $10 bottle and cook with half while drinking the rest

  • SierraBBQGuy
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    Every Chef on TV. Facebook, YouTube etc says never use a wine for cooking that you wouldn’t drink. I just don’t subscribe to that, we routinely drink a bottle that cost $15 or more. No way I pouring 1/2 a bottle (or more) over short ribs or shanks. The $6 stuff is fine, honestly I doubt anyone could tell the difference after simmering fir 3 hrs.

  • Santamarina
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    My father-in-law is a sommelier, so our wine tastes have grown considerably over the years.

    But I still always keep a box of that Cab Sauv in our pantry. I use it for cooking and drinking while I cook. I have even been known to take a glass to the table for dinner…until my wife opens a bottle of good wine…and I can smell the difference standing next to her!

  • WillTravelForFood
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    A year ago, we found the #2 rated Wine Enthusiast wine on the Costco endcap for a ridiculously low price compared to what online price lists were showing it for. Sadly, only picked up one bottle and haven't seen it stocked since -- but it was REALLY good.

    (*low price for this bottle was probably in the $50-60 range, which is not our normal wine shopping price point)

  • WillTravelForFood
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    Have also heard good things about the Barolo, the Prosecco, and the Cotes du Rhone.

  • nvgraham
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    To narrow down what I like about Costco's wine (and spirits) program is hard to do, but there are a few stand outs. First, as others have already noted, the Costco/Kirkland Brut Champagne is really hard to beat for the $20 price point. To get an actual Champagne for $20 is unheard of, and I would say it easily holds up to $50 plus bottles. Similarly, the Kirkland Prosecco is an absolute steal for $7ish a bottle. Beyond those two, my other favorites for the house brand are the Kirkland Cotes du Rhone villages at $7, of which I I keep at least a case on hand at any given time, and the Barolo which runs around $20. Occasionally they will also have some excellent Napa cabs in the Kirkland program, but I don't see those as often.

    As for non-Kirkland branded wine - that's a bit tougher because I find the stock to vary by season, location and year. But, a few stand outs from the past 6 months are so have been the Borghi ad Est, Pinot Grigio from the Friuli region - I don't typically like Pinot Grigio because I find it too light, but this particular bottle is the exception.

    While I love Costco, where I think their wine program has some challenges relates to volume. In order to be eligible to be in a Costco store or distribution, obviously you have to be able to make and sell a lot of wine (and that is an understatement). Most of my favorite producers are small, allocated wines where they could never make enough to get into a Costco store. To be fair, Costco isn't trying to get into that market so it isn't really a fair comparison. I only bring it up because my Costco wine purchases tend to be more value wines and Kirkland branded wines versus what I would consider Mid-tier bottles ($30-$60). Occasionally though, you can find some rare gems on their end caps. I've even seen a bottle or two of Penfolds Grange and Vega Sicilia Unico from time to time - which are always stellar.

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  • WillTravelForFood
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    Haven't dove into the wine boxes yet. Fridge space is at a premium, and we prefer a bit of a chill on our wine vs room-temp.

    besides, we know we're done for the evening when the bottle is empty. Can't play that game with the Box Of Never-Ending Wine

  • Murdy
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    My wife drinks the box Pinot Grigio and says its fine for a sipping wine.

  • WillTravelForFood
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    DrJimmy2112 We've found their Signature Series to be pretty, pretty good. There's always going to be a bad vintage or something not to one's personal taste profile - but we've been pretty happy at the Kirkland 750ml bottles at the $20+ price point.

    We haven't spent a lot of time with the wines in the cardboard box display (rather than in the wooden bins) that aren't in the Signature Series. We pick up their old vine zin once in a while when we see it, but haven't tried their red blend or cab that's stocked in that part of the display yet. We have heard good things about one of their $7 cab, but are unsure if that's the same one you are referring to as not being to your liking.

    We did not care for the "K" brand rose, but that's probably a personal opinion rather than a knock against that particular bottle - there are other roses we've liked better and K didn't hold up to the comparison.

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