We’ve said it before, and we’ll repeat it, Costco is an excellent place to buy wine. The prices are low, the quality is high, and the selection just keeps growing. It’s always exciting when Kirkland Signature wines score 90 points or above, but do you know what’s even more exciting? Finding bottles with much lower price tags that can stand toe-to-toe (or should we say mouthful-to-mouthful?) against the big boys.
Sure, some of these wines may be older vintages or from regions not known for their trophy wines (Castilla y León, anyone?), but if you’re looking to stock up for a party or maybe just like to sit around spilling half your glass on the carpet, we’re here to help.
Best Wines at Costco
‘Kirkland’ is Costco’s own line of items and it’s wines come in five different varieties: red, white, sparkling, and rosé. The fifth variety is simply called “Kirkland Signature,” They offer a range of wines in two styles: American and French.
Here is the selection of the best wines available at Costco. We’ll give you a rundown of all their wines starting with the best value under $10!
Best Values Under $10 at Costco
1. Kirkland Signature Red Table Wine – California
This is a simple but reliable table wine. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not going to knock your socks off with complexity, but it will satisfy your needs if you’re cooking a meal and need some good—but cheap—wine on hand as a staple.
We recommend getting this as one of the wines in your regular rotation due to its value and wide availability (92% of all locations carry this wine).
2. Kirkland Signature Pinot Grigio – Italy
Much like their red table wine above, we feel that Kirkland’s pinot grigio is worth buying by the case (if you like it) because of its tremendous value.
For only $7 per bottle, you get fruity notes of peach and pear along with good acidity. It’s a refreshing wine, but it may be too light for some.
3. Kirkland Signature French White Blend – France
This is a white blend mostly made up of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, and we feel that the quality/price ratio on this one is rather impressive: $11 per bottle.
4. Kirkland Signature French Red Blend – France
In addition to the basic Kirkland red table wine above, they also have a “French” blend of Bordeaux varietals, but nothing too special here as this is strictly a crowd-pleaser. Their website actually classifies it as a Cru Beaujolais .
Best Values Between $10 – $20 at Costco
5. Kirkland Chardonnay – Chile ($18)
This wine features typical apple flavors you would expect from a good Chilean sauvignon blanc, but it is slightly sweeter than most on this list. We think it goes best with seafood or sushi rolls without masking their delicate flavors, which means it’s more versatile than the other white wines on this list.
6. Kirkland Signature White Burgundy – France ($18)
Many experts consider Burgundian whites to show the most diverse flavor profiles in white wines. We think Kirkland’s take on this style offers a bit too much oak (and therefore tannin), but it does manage to retain good acidity levels for a relatively dry and crisp wine.
7. Kirkland Signature South African Red Blend – South Africa ($19)
This wine is a blend of pinotage and merlot grapes from the Western Cape region of South Africa (which specializes in Bordeaux-style blends).
It’s also quite different from most of the other reds on their list, so perhaps they were trying to appeal to customers looking for something unusual.
8. Kirkland Merlot – California ($25)
For better or worse, this merlot’s fruit-driven flavor profile makes it similar in style to many Washington State Merlots at its price range.
9. Kirkland Stafford Cabernet Sauvignon – California ($22)
This has got to be one of the best values we’ve ever tasted in a cab, and we’re not just saying that because it’s from Costco. It’s well-balanced and oaked like most top-tier wines (although perhaps not quite as complex), and it even shows good acidity levels for a red wine with this price tag.
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- This full-bodied, intense red blend tends to have 14% alcohol, higher than the others.
- The southern Rhone beauty is slightly more acidic with peppery flavor, making it light savory.
- It has a slight leathery-smoky undertone and the kind that gets better with age.
- Being one of the most expensive wines one will purchase, it is still elegant and perfect. Average Retail Price: $75.
- Structured, bold, and full of earthy flavors is a perfect description for this red pour. Not only is this one of the most popular wines, but it is also addressed as the king of wine grapes.
- It has more than 2000 black fruit note mentions. This Columbia Valley beauties individuality and floral tones make it different from others.
- Average Retail Price: $19
- This Californian Red Blend from Lodi, Central Valley, is rich, intense, and has black fruit notes. Black fruits are raisins, figs, and prunes, which make them easy to love and an absolute delight to drink.
- It’s often rated highly by the wine critics and the kinds everyone would like to stock up.
- Average Retail Price: $15.
13. Robert Mondavi Winery Private Selection Chardonnay
- We have a party wine here, with pear and bruised apple aroma and oaky flavor.
- It is crafted with slow ripening of fruit that encourages the depth and complexity of flavor.
- The deep yellow color, almost full-bodied, the nutty-toasty finish is perfectly balanced.
- This is white; the buttery Californian blend has a medium sweet taste with a hint of vanilla. Pop this bottle open for a party or a movie night in.
- Average Retail Price: $9.
14. Folie a Deux Menage a Trois Red
- Have you heard of chocolate and fruit jam together? Yes, now how about them together in a wine? This is exactly what cabernet sauvignon from North of California offers.
- This is a silky smooth, full-bodied- irresistible red wine.
- The beauty of this semi-sparkling red pour is its bursting with warm notes of vanilla and cherry. Its juicy quality makes it fun to drink up sans food.
- Average Retail Price: $11.
- This wine belongs to Amador County.
- It is neither too oaky nor too smoky but will definitely pair well with rich, creamy, cheesy food or backyard barbeques.
- It is very well received by the wine critics. The wine is smooth and showcases sweet vanilla, with a high blackberry fruit aroma that blends with roasted coffee and creates almost a burnt note.
- Average Retail Price: $18.