The 2022 Costco Advent Wine Calendar is here! Despite the poor quality of last year's version, we decided to take one for the team and check out the 2022 version. Read on for our detailed review and brief tasting notes on each wine. … [Read more...]
Costco Wine! The 2022 Guide To The Best Wines at Costco
Reverse Wine Snob reveals all the best wines below, including the ones to buy right now! Read on for our Complete Guide to Costco Wine.
Costco® is the number one wine retailer in the U.S. and just one look at their low wine prices should tell you why!
One of the main reasons is simply the tremendously slim margin Costco takes thanks to their membership model. Basically they make their money on membership fees allowing them to keep product prices, including those on wine (and beer), very low. Their selection isn't the broadest but they do tend to bring in some very nice wines from all over the world (places like California, Washington, France, Italy, Australia, Argentina, Spain and Portugal to name a few), especially in the under $20 price point.
While most of the Costco wines are available elsewhere (albeit at slightly higher prices) keep your eyes out for deals on lesser-known labels as well. Inventory of wines will vary by market and even by store within a market so at times you can find some low production wines available in an individual store. (And if you see them, grab them -- turnover is very high so what's there today could very well be gone tomorrow.) Also, in some states you don't even need a membership to shop the store.
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One other note: while they don't advertise it, typically any price that ends in .97 is a markdown. Furthermore, if there is an asterisk on the label (aka the death star) that means it is a close-out and is not coming back. This is a great tip for shopping the rest of the store too — we’ve picked up some awesome deals on marked down items, but they go fast!
Lastly, don't be afraid of the Costco house brand, “Kirkland Signature” wines. These are extremely high-quality wines made by excellent wineries exclusively for Costco, cutting out the middleman to bring you even more savings. The only issue with these labels is that they tend to have a bit of a cult following so the low productions ones sell out fast, sometimes even within days. (Want to know when to look for them? Simply sign up for our monthly reminder of which Kirkland Signature wines should be in your local store that month.) Our mantra on these is if you see them, especially the ones on our recommended list below, buy them.
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Read on for our selections of The Best Wines at Costco!
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A beautiful, but high alcohol blend (at an great Costco price) from the Cotes Catalanes appellation in Southern France near Spain, the Department 66 Wines "D66" Others from Dave Phinney. Primarily Grenache along with Syrah and Carignan from vines up to 65 years of age in … [Read more...]
Fabulous! We review the San Simeon Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, available at many Costco locations. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot from the Stefano, Maddalena and Pretty Penny estate vineyards in El Pomar district of Paso Robles, California. The wine spends … [Read more...]
Pretty tasty Pinot for just $13, we check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from Costco. Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California. … [Read more...]
A fantastic Costco find, the Tabula Ribera del Duero Tempranillo. 100% Tempranillo from 40+ year old vines at 800 meters of altitude in Ribera del Duero, Spain. The wine spends 14-16 months in French oak barrels and 6 months in oak vats. … [Read more...]
You really can't go wrong with this kind of quality at such a low price, we check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Costco. Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine spends 16 months in American and … [Read more...]
After the big changes last year, Costco keeps the (very good) status quo for the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Check out our full review below. 100% Sangiovese from Montalcino, Italy. The wine was aged for at least 2 years in oak … [Read more...]
A wine you can really sink your teeth into! We check out the latest vintage of the deep, dark and absolutely delicious El Enemigo Cabernet Franc, available at a great Costco price. 92% Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbec from vineyards at around 4,700 feet of elevation in … [Read more...]
The best value in all of the Costco Kirkland Signature wines? We check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from Cotes du Rhone Villages, France. … [Read more...]
A very tasty and unique red blend in the world's heaviest bottle, we review the latest vintage of the Tinazzi No 3 Vinum Italicum Opera Rosso available at Costco. 40% Corvina Veronese from Verona, 30% Primitivo di Manduria from Puglia and 30% Nero d'Avola from Sicily, … [Read more...]
A solid Portuguese red blend at a great Costco price, the Waterdog Reserva Red from José Maria da Fonseca. A blend of 70% Castelao and 30% Touriga Nacional from Península de Setúbal in southern Portugal. The wine is aged 6 months in new oak and has around 8-9 g/L of … [Read more...]
The Kirkland Signature Pinot Grigio from Costco, only $4.99 and packed with flavor. Pinot Grigio from Friuli Grave, Italy. … [Read more...]
We check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Toscana from Costco. The 2019 vintage does not specify the blend but I imagine it is similar to the 2018 which was 75% Sangiovese, 22% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is from Tuscany, Italy. … [Read more...]
Napa on the cheap, we check out the latest vintage of the Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend from Costco. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Sirah from Napa Valley, California. The wine is aged in oak for an … [Read more...]
Bon Jovi plus Gerard Bertrand equals a delicious dry rosé? We review the Hampton Water Rosé, available widely including at many Costco locations. A rosé blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah from Languedoc, France. A portion of the wine is aged … [Read more...]
We check out this popular Zinfandel based red blend, the Marietta Old Vine Red OVR Lot 73. A multi-vintage blend (thus the lot number instead of a vintage year) of predominantly Zinfandel from California. 60% of the wine is aged in neutral barrels with the other 40% in … [Read more...]
A dependable, widely available Cab (including many Costco and Trader Joe's locations), we review the J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah from Paso Robles, … [Read more...]
We review the latest vintage of the Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise Zin-based blend to see if it can sustain its previous Bulk Buy rating. 70% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah and 4% Grenache from Paso Robles, California. … [Read more...]
Quite the find at Costco for just $6.99, we review the Chateau des Rochers Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux. Merlot from organically grown grapes in the Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux region of France. The wine has 3.2 g/L residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A wine from an exclusive region in Bordeaux at an unheard-of price, we review the latest vintage of the North Forty-Five.2 Pauillac from Costco. Here's another interesting one that appears to be a Costco exclusive. It retails for just $19.99 and comes from Flying Blue … [Read more...]
We review the Pertaringa Lakeside Cabernet Sauvignon from Bec Hardy Wines, currently available at Costco at a great price. Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia. The wine has just 0.5 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
The Kirkland Signature Series Columbia Valley Red Wine has a whole lot of good things going on! A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah from Columbia Valley, Washington. While this vintage doesn't note it, previous vintages have spent 15 months in French oak. … [Read more...]
A combination of factors make this wine seem almost too good to be true, the Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico Riserva from Costco. Sangiovese from Chianti Classico DOCG, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy. … [Read more...]
A solid example of the variety at a great Costco price, the Terranoble Gran Reserva Carmenere. 100% Carménère from the La Higuera vineyard in the Maule Valley of Chile. The wine is aged for 12 months in a combination of stainless steel tanks and new to 2-year-old French … [Read more...]