Category Archives: Wine Consultant

Selectus 2007

Would you pay $11.99 for a $68 wine. Sounds too good to be true ……… maybe ….. maybe not. When the Selectus 2007, which is a Spanish blend, first arrived at Costo FO, I did my normal analysis using my professional Vivino app. The rating was good at 3.8 and it has a 94 point rating by Robert Parker ……. and the average price was showing $68.99!!!!! My first reaction was there has to be a mistake, but I could not find anything wrong with my input data, but remembering the old saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t”, I didn’t give this wine much attention. A couple days ago I had a member in the wine area who was purchasing the 2007 Selectus, so I asked her if she could provide me with some input on the wine. Her first comment was that, “you know this is a $60 wine”!!! Turns out that the lady was an assistant buyer in the Regional Costco office in Atlanta and she was very familiar with the wine. Based on her comments I purchased a bottle to taste. My first impression was not real positive, however after airing the wine out for 30 minutes the wine presented an entirely different aroma and finish on the palate. The wine has a deep ruby color with flavors of blackberry and plums with an earthy background. The finish has a tight tannin structure with a slightly tart touch with a bit of spice. This wine will probably improve with a few more years of aging. Would I pay $68 f or this wine …….. probably my not …….. but t $11.99 it’s a great buy to add to your cellar.

Cheers!!

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!!!

Cheers!