- Costco stocks some pretty expensive wines in its warehouses.
- Business Insider spoke with Costco Wine Blog founder Andrew Cullen and reviewer Erin Reyes about the best splurges in the warehouse.
- They picked out a few individual selections and praised Costco’s Kirkland Signature wines.
The warehouse club is known for its bulk sizes and deals, but there are plenty of options for members looking for something special. Costco Wine Blog founder and editor Andrew Cullen and contributing reviewer Erin Reyes told Business Insider about wines that are worth it.
“I think it’s a great place to buy more expensive wine,” Cullen said, adding that the savings are “magnified” as you get into the more expensive wines.
Here are the wines that the bloggers said are worth every penny:
Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Cullen singled out the Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape. While the wine is listed on Total Wine at about $100, you can snag a bottle at Costco for $70, he said.
“Year to year, it’s consistent,” he said. “It’s a solid French Rhône blend. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth every penny.”
Joseph Phelps Insignia
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Cullen said he once bought the 2013 vintage of Joseph Phelps Insignia at Costco.
“That’s normally $225 at most places,” he said. “Costco usually has it at $199. I was able to get that for $179, which is a pretty good deal.”
Generally speaking, the more expensive Spanish wines
Reyes said Costco’s selection of Spanish wines, especially the higher-end bottles, are “really good.”
Cullen agreed, saying, “The Spanish wines at Costco across the board right now just seem to be really good buys.”
More expensive Kirkland Signature wines
Reyes told Business Insider that she tends to spring for the higher-end Kirkland Signature wines when she’s looking to splurge.
“Those are just already good values, and the higher up you go, the better value they are,” she said.
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For shoppers looking for something extra special, Reyes mentioned that some clubs get a shipment of bottles from the uber-expensive Opus One Winery every year. She added that the bottles, which sell for about $300, are “hard to get” and sell out quickly.
Tip: If you’ve decided to spring for a pricey wine, still dig around in the bin
“Costco will put different vintages of the same wine in the same bin, at the same price,” Cullen said.
He said he once found three different vintages of the same wine in a bin. So, if you’ve got your heart set on an expensive bottle, there’s a possibility you’ll be able to get a better vintage for the same price.