Rule #1 of shopping for wine at Costco: when you find a wine you love, stock up. As the nation’s top wine retailer, Costco has the clout to procure quality wine at exceptional prices. Many of these wines are 90+ point-rated by authorities like Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. But the best wines sell out quickly. Here are our favorite value Costco wines in February 2019 — grab ’em before they’re gone!
Note: Costco wines vary by store, so check ahead with your local store to confirm whether they have these bottles in stock.
2016 Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette Vouvray – $12.99 at Costco
A quality, off-dry Vouvray is one of the most versatile wines you can have on hand. The Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette strikes a beautiful balance between delicate aromatics, crisp acidity, and refreshing minerality. With its hint of sweetness, it plays well with everything from teriyaki chicken to salads. At just $13, this white was a surprising favorite for us.
2014 Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills, CA) – $30 at Costco
We know $30 might be more than what you want to pay for a bottle of wine from Costco, but get this: Clos Pepe Estate Pinot Noir costs $60-$65 elsewhere, and this is literally their final vintage. The acclaimed estate’s founders are retiring, and have leased their vineyards out to owners Hall/Walt. We don’t know how Costco is offering such tremendous value on Clos Pepe Estate’s final bottles, nor are we questioning it. Wine Spectator awarded this wine 90 points for its vibrant acidity, fine-grained tannins, and mineral-laced finish.
2017 ‘Mother’s Milk’ Barossa Shiraz – $16.99 at Costco
Don’t let the eye-catching artwork fool you — ‘Mother’s Milk’ Shiraz is more than just another wine with a pretty label. As parent company First Drop Wines puts it, this wine is “dangerously gluggable”. It has all the makings of a crowd pleaser, with approachable, juicy fruit balanced by bright acidity. The fruit is underscored by more subtle aromatics of game, tar, and mocha, making it a perfect Shiraz for grilled meats.
Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay (Sonoma County) – $20 at Costco
Landmark Vineyards’ truly artisanal approach to winemaking earned the Overlook Chardonnay a spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. Grapes were hand-harvested from Sonoma County, hand-sorted, and then fermented with native yeasts. This crafted approach yields a nuanced wine filled with golden apple, pineapple, savory chamomile, and textured minerality.
Steele Carneros Pinot Noir – $25 at Costco
Steele is one of the hidden gems of Northern California. Their extra-gentle approach to winemaking maximizes freshness of fruit and aromatics. This shows through in the Carneros Pinot Noir, which offers juicy black cherry mingled with earthy notes of pine resin and tree bark. It’s delectable on its own, but also has the fruit to stand up to everything from Chinese sticky rice to maple-glazed salmon. Costco is also selling Steele Cabernet Sauvignon, but their Pinot Noir is our favorite.
We’ll be sure to provide updates on this list when we see the Costco wine inventory changing.