Costco Holiday Wine Sale
Every December, the Costco wine department has a fantastic deal on selected wines. They discount these wines from their already reduced price. The sale is from now until December 31. You don’t need a coupon as you get the reduced price at the checkout counter. And don’t forget if you are not a Costco member you can still shop there for wine and liquor. Alcohol laws let you buy at Costco. Just tell them at the door that you are there to buy wine only. Here is what we like at this year’s sale.
Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of the Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Costco always seems to have this wine featured in this year-end sale. But here is the strange thing: The 2009 has been out and on the shelves for quite a while. The Foster City store has a supply of the 2008 which I recommended a year ago. Perhaps the winery found some 2008 inventory and moved it along to the Costco stores. Wow, a year of aging at no extra cost. If your store has either the 2008 or 2009, it’s time to stock up. This is a great Napa Valley Cabernet especially at the sale price of $15.49. Put some away for a couple of years and it will improve some.
Buena Vista Carneros 2009 Chardonnay
The Buena Vista Carneros 2009 Chardonnay is priced at $11.99. We tasted this wine at the Buena Vista Winery where it sold for around $20. Wine.com has it for $19.99. We liked this style of Chardonnay with nice fruit flavors, good acidity, and a small amount of oak. The Wine Enthusiast gave it a 90-Point rating. I say 88 points.
Kim Crawford 2011 Sauvignon Blanc $9.79
We have reviewed this wine previously and recommend it to those who like the New Zealand style of Sauvignon Blanc, with lots of citrus and gooseberry character. Read review.
You really don’t see the Cashmere red blend by Cline Cellars in the stores in any sized bottle. As far I know, it sells only out of the tasting room or on the Cline Cellars Website. I first tasted the Cashmere at a Sonoma Valley restaurant. I liked it so much that on my way home, I stopped off at the Cline winery in Carneros and purchased a few bottles. This is a really good and flavorful wine, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah. The Cline winery sells a regular-sized bottle for $21. This one is a 3-Liter bottle, which is the equivalent of 4 750ML bottles. So, the 3-Liter bottle works out to $12.50 for a regular-sized bottle. I have not tried the 2011 so I cannot rate it, but previous vintages have been quite delicious. The 3-Liter bottles will add a great touch to your dinner party and what a deal at this price!