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Costco Wine Rec (Tustin Store)

I know squat about wine, but I know that Costco has a good selection. I made this request a few years ago, but as with all things Costco, the selection changes constantly.

I have a budget of $20 to get a bottle of red to be put into a gift basket for a person who likes and knows wine.

Any recs? I'm going to the Tustin (District) store tonight to get it...apart from ini-mini-miney-moe, I won't know what's good and what's not.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Costco recently started carrying Rodney Strong wines, which are cheap ($8-15?). It's a good stable wine in my opinion- not necessarily on the level of special occasion wine, but then again you aren't paying much for it. I think Costco carries the cab. Sort of makes you feel stupid paying $15 a glass for it at Lawry's or Pacific Dining Car.

    I also just recently had a french red at a wine party that the hostess told me was from Costco. I can't remember the name though, ... sorry. She bought all of her wines for the party from Costco- honestly they were all decent.

    1. Costco sells wine under its own Kirkland Signature label. Earlier this year they sold a Cabernet for under $20 that was to die for. They bottled 2,500 cases and sold out within a week. The reason I know this is I tried to buy a case a week later and there was none to be had in all of CA. Last night I tried their KS Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, about $15-16, which I found good. I'm going back for several more bottles. Be sure to decant it if you buy it.

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      1. If you like Zinfandels, Costco usually has a few great California winemakers on hand. I suggest the Peachy Canyon Incredible Red, Ravenswood Zinfandel or (my favorite) "7 Deadly Zins". The Zinfandels are usually pretty fruity almost "jammy" with moderate tannins. If you have never tried them.... you should.

        1. I heard that the wines they sell under there own signature label is very good (I haven't tried them yet) I also heard that the vodka they sell under there label is made by Ketel One.

          1. I don't know about Tustin, but I have found Ferrari-Carano's Siena at various Costco's for about $18. That is a terrific wine.

            1. Thanks again guys! I'm sure others will put this thread to good use too. As many people, I make far too many return trips to Costco this time of year.

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              1. I have seen this at the other Tustin Costco, as well as Garden Grove.
                Andrew Murray Syrah, it is from the central coast and is quite good. We have also seen Qupe Syrah at Costco for an excellent price.

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                1. re: ErikaK

                  I have actually seen the Qupe Syrah cheaper elsewhere, btw, meaning here in the greater LA/SF Valley area.

                2. Costco has excellent prices on wine, but I am dubious of the quality of handling. All bottles of the same wine are not equal. Based on how they are stored and handled, their quality can be degraded. I've tried the same wine, same year, from Costco and from other stores and occasionally found problems with the one from Costco. It's not every bottle, but enough that I don't buy wine there anymore.

                  Top Line Wine in Glendale has the same prices or better. In West LA, where I live, I often go to the Wine House.