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Which Costco has a better wine selection?

ceekskat Dec 29, 2013 06:38 AM

Quick trip from Waco for a Costco run...unfortunately only have time for Costco. Interested in reds under $30 & does either carry Texas wine? Appreciate your help.

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  1. TroyTempest RE: ceekskat Dec 29, 2013 01:54 PM

    Since the South Costco it is about 20 miles further South than the North Costco, it'd have to be a lot better selection, unless you are planning to head South anyway.
    I'd bet the selection is pretty close. Why not Specs at the Arbor Walk? It's not far away.

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      amysuehere RE: TroyTempest Dec 29, 2013 04:24 PM

      Agreed. Specs has always met/beat Costco and with the extra discount for cash/debt...

      Local reds just hit the mark.

      And I've found they have an amazing selection of great local Russian Imperial Stout beers. Jester King being my immediate favorite (and it's cheaper there than at the brewery!)

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        TroyTempest RE: amysuehere Jan 3, 2014 02:49 PM

        Twin liquor has a couple of super stores, too with what appears to be a good selection.

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        TroyTempest RE: TroyTempest Jan 6, 2014 06:52 AM

        When i replied here, i didn't know there was a Cedar Park location, so take this reply with a grain of salt.

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        mikedallas23 RE: ceekskat Jan 3, 2014 11:05 AM

        You could also hit the Specs at 35 and University (same shopping center as Ikea).

        1. dinaofdoom RE: ceekskat Jan 3, 2014 02:58 PM

          costco locations were a topic of conversation during a NYE party, as my friends are frustrated with the traffic at the arboretum location. all the fellow costco shoppers said the cedar park outpost was way better. just throwing it out there for ya.

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            Rene RE: dinaofdoom Jan 4, 2014 09:21 PM

            Now that the suburban CP location has opened, traffic has seriously subsided at the Austin Arboretum location as suburbanites no longer bother. Should make for a much more convenient shopping experience. I'm looking forward to it!

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            timtierney RE: ceekskat Jan 3, 2014 10:20 PM

            I've been enjoying trying out the wines at Trader Joe's, even some of the cheaper ones aren't too bad.

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              dinaofdoom RE: timtierney Jan 4, 2014 08:17 PM

              you know, when i've made my pilgrimages to TJ (hurry up with the arboretum spot, will ya?!) i didn't see anything in the wine/beer section i couldn't get at my local HEB.

              HEB has really stepped it up with the adult beverages, especially if you live near a larger location (lakeline plus) or recently renovated spot (parmer/mcneil).

              i read/heard somewhere that they now have an ordering system where you can order online and have it delivered to your local HEB, even if it's something they don't usually carry.

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                tvchick RE: dinaofdoom Jan 5, 2014 07:51 AM

                Yes, you can order and pay for it online, then pick it up at the store. My sister took advantage of the online system to get several bottles that her regular HEB didn't carry.

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                  timtierney RE: tvchick Jan 5, 2014 11:13 PM

                  That would be nice because my favorite is the Goddess Wine. One of the HEB employees said when they are out of the 1.5L bottles, there is another name (can't recall it now) that you can buy them for a dollar more for the 750 size (different name different price, same winery). If I see that HEB employee again I'll ask her about that. Now where to order online?

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                    dinaofdoom RE: timtierney Jan 6, 2014 05:55 PM


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              ceekskat RE: ceekskat Jan 7, 2014 01:53 PM

              Thanks everyone. I was visiting parents in Waco & we made the trip the day of my post which was a Sunday; hence, no Specs.

              Ended up at Cedar Park since parents hadn't visited new location. Decent enough selection (at least for them :). Bought Catena Malbec, Llano Tempranillo, Becker Reserve Merlot & a German Riesling. Tasted Llano & thought it was okay, expected a bit more character based on what I had read. Didn't have time to taste the Becker (and can't go wrong with Catena). If you come across the 2010 Luca Malbec, grab it.

              FYI...did see the 2007 Vina Eguia Rioja, which at 9.99, is a steal. If you aren't familiar with it, please do give it a try. DH & I really like this well balanced, earthy, Spanish import (even picked it up on sale for approx $7.50 at local Costco back in August). Also, don't know why, but this wine was on a pallet in front of the freezer section I think.

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