Bargain Wine Alert – Four Picks

  • The Vintage Wine Tasters have four wine suggestions for the first week of September. Two are from the Grocery Outlet. That means a quick turnaround. You snooze, you lose. Buy one bottle, go out to your parked car and sample. If it is to your liking, go back into the Grocery Outlet and buy more.
  • The other two wines recently hit the shelves at most Costco stores. Both reds, and both fantastic Best Buy wines.

Four Bargain Wine Picks for early September

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet from Horse Haven Hills in Washington

2014 Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Costco $13.89 – Joe’s Pick

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is from Horse Heaven Hills AVA in Washington’s Columbia Valley. Horse Haven Hills is known for its beefy Cabernets. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Canoe Ridge Vineyard. The Canoe Ridge Cab is a fresh fruit wine with aging potential. It has both red and dark fruit with layers of flavors. Nice finish to this wine! The wine was aged in French oak, 45% new. French Oak barrels cost over $1000 each. That makes the price of the Canoe Ridge Vineyard remarkable.  I rank it at 89 Points, and it will develop as it ages. I am buying more and will let it sit for two years.

Joe wagner wine

A Joe Wagner Wine


2014 Carne Humana Red Wine – Grocery Outlet $5.99 – Mike’s Pick

The Carne Humana is a Joe Wagner wine. Joe is the vintner who started the Meiomi label and sold it for a bundle. His wines are most often very ripe and full-bodied, and Carne Humana is no exception.  Carne Human is a Napa blend of various reds which the label does not identify. Insiders say it is a blend of Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, and Zinfandel. Wine-Searcher says the average selling price for this wine is $32, with a wine critic average rating of 88 points. It has excellent dark fruit flavors. Mike says: “A great everyday bottle of wine for the amazing price of $5.99.  Act quickly; this wine will not last in Grocery Outlet stores.”


2016 Langevin Pinot Noir Pays D’ OC – $5.99 Grocery Outlet – Ray’s Pick

A sleeper of a Pinot Noir wine from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon wine region. It is a light and pleasant Pinot Noir. Impress your friends with this well-made French Pinot Noir. 88 Points.

Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile

Santa Ema Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Chile – Costco $8.99 – Mike’s Pick

At Costco Foster City for $8.99. Mike says: “This is complete in varietal aroma and flavors!  The wine’s aroma is most impressive. It pops from the glass.   I rate it a solid 90; it is that good.  Great near-term drinking.  At 13.5 alcohol, it is smooth and balanced.  The Santa Ema is total Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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