Wednesday, November 19, 2008
We stopped in at the Costco in Waltham, MA this evening and I'm pleased to report they have a particularly fine selection of wine right now. The selection was so good that as Deanna was leaving the wine area with the kids growing increasingly fussy in the shopping cart I had to call her back because I had too much wine to carry! Here's what I bought:
2006 La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 86WS/86 WWP/$22 Release/$16.79 Costco
I've been quite impressed with this wine in tastings, and it's tough to find a nice Pinot Noir for less then $20. Finding even a "good" bottle for $16.79 was reason enough for me to pick up a couple of these for the holidays. Aunt Sarah loves Pinot, and I do too- especially this time of year. Something about the varietal says "harvest" to me.
2007 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County 93WS/90WWP/$24 Release/$16.79 Costco
I've previously mentioned this one on a number of occasions. First, in general praise of the wine and second to acknowledge its making the Top 10 of Wine Spectator's Top 100 list for 2008. I don't know what's more amazing: A delicious 93-point California red wine for a release price of $24, Costco having it for $16.79, or the fact that they still have some remaining. At this price, you must buy this wine!
2005 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 94WS/$85 Release/$64.99 Costco
I was really impressed with this wine at The Hingham Wine Merchant's Holiday Wine Show, but I was already planning on buying a bottle of Honig Bartolucci Cab so I held off. When I saw it at Costco at this favorable price, I had to buy a bottle. This *is* premium Napa Cab. It definitely impressed in the tasting, and at this price point I look at the whole package. The freakin' bottle is like 4 pounds and has a punt you could hide a golf ball in. Big time stuff- I'll be saving this one for a special occasion for sure.
By the way, there's an ongoing thread in the WineSpectator.com Forums with the same title as this blog entry where people across the country post wine deals they see at Costco.
I noticed a couple of other non-wine items I thought to mention. An 8GB iPod Touch for $219 (review, retail is $229) and a Flip Mino pocket Camcorder for $144. Good prices on these great products.
Question of the Day: Any good deals at your local Costco you'd like to share? If not, are you a fan of Costco in general? Why or why not?