Meiomi Pinot Noir

Meiomi Pinot Noir is now in stock! If you haven’t tried Meiomi Pinot Noir you are in for a treat. This wine opens to reveal fruit aromas of strawberry, jammy fruit, mocha, and vanilla, along with toasty oak notes. This wine ends with boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate. Well integrated oak provides structure and depth seldom found in Pinot Noir. The fruit for the Meiomi Pinot Noir comes from three vineyards in the Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Monterey areas.

Meiomi was founded in 2007 by Joe Wagner with the goal of blending Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from three costal appellations for vintage consistency, costal integrity, and abundant flavors. Joe has accomplished his goal with this beautiful Pinot Noir. Being a fifth generation Napa winemaker and son of Chuck Wagner, founder of Caymus Vineyards, Joe now serves as Meiomi’s consulting winemaker. Priced at $16.99 this wine is ready for you today at the Costco FO!! I enjoyed a bottle of the Meiomi Pinot Noir last night while visiting friends and I give this wine a rating of 94!!!


Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec

If you see either of these two wines at Costco FO …… buy them. Priced at $13.99 they are selling out quickly. Both have awesome aromas of blackberry and black currant but the smooth, silky finish is what sells this wine. Both are full bodied with excellent structure and a long finish. Produced from Organic grapes from Mendoza these wines carry a rating of 90 on the Cab and 92 on the Malbec … however your Costco Wine Consultant feels these rating are low, giving them 93 and 94 respectfully. Grab a couple bottles of these great wines on your next visit.


Browne 2012 Tribute

When a winemaker produces a Tribute wine dedicated to his two sons ….. you can expect one awesome wine!! This silky red blend offers big fruit flavors and well integrated velvety tannins. It has aromas of pipe tobacco, leather, and dark fruit layer along with boysenberry flavors and a hint of black pepper. The finish lingers with blackberry jam and toasty, graphic black notes. This blend of 32% Cab, 11% Malbec, 38% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc, and 11% Petit Verdot is aged for 22 months in 35% new oak with the balance being 2nd and 3rd use mixed oak. This wine had a Wine Spectator rating of 91 and a Costco Wine Consultant rating of 95!!! This wine pairs well with grilled meats and works well with rosemary and peppercorn. Priced at retail outlets in the $26-30 range, this outstanding wine is available at Costco FO for $19.99.

Pick up a bottle of the Browne 2012 Tribute for that special occasion!!!


How did you like that wine?

As some of you know I have decided to pursue a dream of mine ……. and no it’s isn’t the one about flying!! I have had a passion for wine for many years: studying, visiting wineries, sharing thoughts with friends, and even drinking a glass, or bottle, every now and then. That being the case, I am now a “Wine Consultant” at the Fort Oglethorpe Costco ….. and having the time of my life! I work part time, normally Wednesday through Sunday for a few hours in the afternoon. Drop by and visit me when you have a chance.

Now to the question, “how did you like that wine”? A lot of customers are trying new wines based somewhat on input from me. When they return I will ask them “how did you like that wine”? Most of the time I get a response such as it was very good or I don’t remember! Feedback is critical to any wine professional ….. 1) did you enjoy the wine, 2) if so why … was it the nose, the body, the finish, the flavors, value for price paid, etc. 3) if you did not enjoy the wine, again why? Keep notes on individual wines you drink so that you can develop a profile of your likes and dislikes. With this information you and your wine professional can determine which new wines might fit your needs. A small notebook is a great was to capture and then organize your information. While tasting notes, numerical ratings, and reviews are good insights as to what others think about a particular wine …… the only critique, analysis, and rating that matters is your own!! So keep good notes and discuss your preferences with your wine professional as you continue to travel your journey through the wines of Costco!!!


Chateau St. Michelle

Chateau St. Michelle produces around 71 different wines, of which Costco FO carries at least 5. Chateau St. Michelle’s grapes come from the Columbia Valley region of Washington State and initially started with a winery in Woodinville, outside of Seattle, and later a winery focused on reds at the Canoe Ridge Estate Winery in Eastern Washington. The Woodinville winery now focuses on whites as well as having a tasting room. St. Michelle wines that Costco FO carries include:

Columbia Valley Riesling – This wine offers crisp apple aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. This everyday Riesling is a pleasure to drink and easy to match to a variety of foods. This wine is competitively priced at $8.59.

Cabernet Sauvignon: This Cabernet highlights concentrated Washington red fruit in an accessible style. It has plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins. This wine is priced at $12.79.

Columbia Valley Chardonnay: This Columbia Valley Chardonnay is a pleasurable, food friendly Chardonnay. This wine is fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances. This wine, priced at $8.99, is a value.

Indian Wells Chardonnay: The grapes for this wine come from the Indian Wells Vineyard along with other grapes from other warm weather Washington State vineyards. The Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers an appealing tropical fruit character typical of warm sourcing sites. You will taste rich pineapple and butterscotch flavors with a creamy texture on the finish. Priced at $12.97 this is a value for your wine cellar. This wine is priced around $17-18 at other outlets.

Indian Wells Merlot: The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of warm weather slopes. This wine is full bodied with a round, supple finish. This wine had some Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. Priced at $13.99 this wine is an awesome addition to any pasta meal! This wine can be in the $18-20 range at other outlets.


2009 Chateau Larteau Bordeaux Superieur

This wine is made with 100% Merlot in a very enjoyable expression of the grape. It is soft and light and delicate in the mouth. You have flavors of jam and cherry with a slight sweetness on the dry finish. This wine is drinkable today but if you want to age it a while it will only get better. This a value at $9.99 at your FO Costco and is a Bordeaux that should be in your cellar.



Gruet Brut Sparkling

Looking for a Sparkling Wine with wonderful aromas of green apple and citrus mineral notes? If you pour yourself a flute of this beautiful Sparkling Wine you will be in for a treat. This Sparkling Wine from New Mexico offers bright, crisp acidity complemented by a touch of yeast on the delightfully long finish. This wine is produced from 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir using the traditional Methode Champenoise.  Priced at the FO Costco at $13.99 this Sparkling Wine is as close to a Champagne that you can get for the price. This Sparkling is priced around $16-17 at other outlets.


Primarius Pinot Noir 2012

The Primarius Pinot Noir is a wine with raspberry, red cherry, and spice on the nose. The flavors carry through to the palate with notes of berries, cherries, and a lovely persistence of fruit. 2012 was an outstanding harvest and some are calling this year as one of the best and driest vintages in the history of the Oregon wine industry. Being 100% Pinot Moir and aged in neutral French Oak, this wine imparts a subtle toasty oak note that complements the classic cherry note. Priced at $11.99 at Costco FO this wine sells quickly. If you see it in stock buy it because it may not be there tomorrow!


Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec

The Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec is one awesome wine. This Malbec is made from organic grapes from one of the highest points in Mendoza. This area around Alto Gualtallary is about 4000 feet. This wine is composed of 85% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 5% Syrah, which is aged in French Oak for 10 months and then 4 months in the bottle.

This wine has a dark violet color with reddish hues. The nose presents intense aromas of blackberry with notes of black currant and plum. On the palate it is a well balanced and elegant wine, with pure fruit expression like raspberry, fig, and a hint of chocolate. It has a well defined velvety style, with excellent structure and a long finish. This is an ideal wine with pasta, red meat, sauces, cheese, and chocolate. Priced at $13.99 at the FO Costco this is a beautiful wine you need to enjoy. It has quickly become a favorite of many Costco wine shoppers.