Kirkland Wine by Costco - a great way to drink your way around the world
Nov 14, 2009
Like most Kirkland (Costco) products, their wines are high quaity at a very reasonable price. I haven't been disappointed with any Kirkland wine I've tried. They seem to be continually trying to find new, good grapes and wine, which resuls in an ever-changing lineup of wines from around the world. Here's an exmaple of some of the Costco wines I"ve sampled (and enjoyed) over the past few years:
a great Pinot from Central Otago, New Zealand that I loved (I'm a big fan of this region in general ... see snazzy photo on the right)
Santa Barbara and Russian River Pinot Noir's
a variety of Claifornia Cabs
a California Merlot
a Napa Meritage
a Chilean red
an Australian Shiraz (Syrah for you traditionalists),
a vareity of whites (including a tasty Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which was very comparable to a Cloudy Bay or Kim Crawford sauv. blanc)
As a bon vivant and aspiring wino, Costco is a great (and comparably-affordable) way for me to educate myself on the wines, and cultures, of the world. Just last week I put on a cheap beret and drank a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape while watching Jerry Lewis movies. For those few hours, I was French. Moral of the story, as always ... Costco is one of the greatest places on earth.
UPDATE: After writing this review, I decided to drink a bottle of Costco Napa Valley Meritage with my friend, @Marcin. I have to say, it was fantastic. Very drinkable. I'll be going back to buy some more bottles for next Friday.
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