This article discussing the best Thanksgiving Wine Deals from Costco is part of our wine deal series. Learn about great value wines that can be accessed from stores including Costco and other wholesalers.
As the holiday season approaches, I’m gearing up for phenomenal food paired with wine that is not only of exceptional value, but promises for maximum drinkability. What I mean by drinkability is you want a wine that the majority of the company at your table will enjoy. That means not too complex, but structured enough that it can be paired with a complex thanksgiving meal and fruity enough that both grandma and the newly turned 21 year old will have no problem putting back.
We’ve gone out and searched Costco inside and out for their best deals this thanksgiving season. The majority of these wines can be purchased for under $10… in a magnum. The value here is excellent. These wines are notable and curated by a seasoned team of oenophiles on Costco’s payroll. Rarely have I been disappointed with a wine purchase at this wholesaler, and their prices are flat-out unbeatable.
Terroir: Central Valley, Chile
Varietals: Carbernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Costco’s Price: $7.49 per 1.5L (Magnum)
This Chilean wine harnesses a new-world take on two classic Bordeaux varietals. Medium-bodied, medium-dry and smooth from start to finish, the Concha y Toro Cabernet-Merlot by Frontera is filled with hints of chocolate, plum and ripe blackberry. Tannins are subtle in this red wine thanks to the Merlot within the blend, while the Cabernet Sauvignon majority stacks character and complexity. This is a reliable, pleasing wine from a high quality producer within Chile’s Central Valley.
La Vielle Ferme Red Wine Blend
Terroir: Rhone, France
Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault
Costco’s Price: $9.99 per 1.5L (Magnum)
A sexy, easy to drink wine bred from the majestic hillsides of the famed wine growing region Côtes du Ventoux — within Southeastern Rhone. This red wine struck fame in the United States back in the ’70s. Dark cherry red and purple in color, this wine emits immediate hints of black cherry, black currant, plum and subtle strawberry notes. All decorated with subtle black pepper spice and a soft tannin structure. A chalky, ancient soil adds subtle minerality and a refined, fresh medium finish to this red wine. For the price, it really doesn’t get much better. This is a straightforward delicious red wine blend with enough complexity that it could be paired with anything from bread-stuffed turkey to kale-stuffed falafel.
Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon by Robert Mondavi
Terroir: Central Valley,California – North San Joaquin Valley
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah,Petite Sirah,Petit Verdot, Merlot
Costco’s Price: $9.39 per 1.5L (Magnum)
While this red wine is labeled as a Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s actually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Merlot — though Cabernet does remain the very dominant varietal. Mondavi for many has become a household name, and while I hate to sound cliche, it’s for a reason. Their wines deliver year after year, and this 2012 Cabernet blend does not disappoint. On the opening palate this red wine gives off hints of rich, ripe black and blue fruit — mainly plum. Towards the end of the opening palate and through the mid palate you’ll get hints of tobacco, blackberry and subtle oak that gives this wine a creamy, velvety distinction. The finish is medium-long and stays dry as it closes with toasty blackberry and hints of french oak and spice. The great thing about this grape variety is that it’s never boring. You can blend it with whatever other variety, but as long as Cabernet Sauvignon stays dominant — you’ll get complexity, elegance and flavor which is great for the winter months.
Last but definitely not least…
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay
Terroir: Santa Barbera and Monterey County
Costco’s Price: $12.99 per 750mL (Standard)
At this point, KJ’s Chardonnay has become synonymous with the Santa Barbara and Monterey regions as a gorgeous concoction of freshness. The 2012 vintage was particularly spectacular. Famed sommolier Robert Parker gave this with a 91 point rating. Well deserved and guaranteed to please the white wine lovers at your table this thanksgiving. Rich and tropical fruit forwardness is balanced out with medium acidity and hints of limestone minerality. Ripe mango, apricot and subtle butterscotch perpetuate this bottle as 9 months of predominately french oak (with a short stint of American oak love) reveals itself in the ever so subtlety sexy of ways. I recommend this as a great beginning to your thanksgiving evening. For those choosing to stay on the pasta or vegetarian side of things this turkey day, this can be sipped on all night. 2012 was a great year for Kendall-Jackson’s Chardonnay, and you’ll be hard pressed to find as well priced a bottle anywhere else than Costco. Average price for it anywhere else is upwards of $19.99.