Nottingham Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

Costco wine department has some amazing Best Buy wines. In the past few months, I have noticed an improvement in the wine selections in the Costco stores where I shop. I find new wines to try from different countries at incredible bargain prices. My only gripe, not all Costcos carry the same exact wines. For example, I found the Nottingham Cellars Sauvignon Blanc at the Foster City store, but not at the San Bruno Airport store. What gives? If you know your wines and producers, Costco is the place to shop for wine values.

2018 Nottingham Cellars Sauvignon Blanc $13.99

Nottingham Sauvignon Blanc
Nottingham Sauvignon Blanc – very like a White Bordeaux

The 2018 Nottingham Cellars Sauvignon Blanc from the Central Coast is a Costco exclusive. This a good example of how Costco is improving its wine department. Costco seeks out excellent wineries and winemakers, and together they hammer out a deal that is a win-win. Nottingham Cellars is in Livermore and they are making delicious wines.

This 2018 Nottingham Sauvignon Blanc is such a lovely wine. I find it similar to delicious White Bordeaux wines. It has some minerality, plus tropical notes, and it’s so easy to drink. It is much the opposite of a New Zealand style of Sauvignon Blanc. If you like a grapefruity style of Sauvignon Blanc, the Nottingham is not close. Try it, anyway, and you will be pleased. The price at Costco is $13.99. I rate it at 90 Points.

Additional wine recommendations

Here are two wines for wine shoppers who are looking for wines under the $10 category. Both of these two wines are quite tasty and deliver the goods in the bargain wines.

2018 Kirkland Signature Cote du Rhone Villages

$6.99 for a lovely Cotes Du Rhone Village wine
$6.99 for a lovely Cotes Du Rhone Villages wine

Patrick Lesec is the person behind this wine. Patrick is a revered negociant in the Rhone Valley. With many connections to growers in the Southern Rhone, Patrick is able to pick excellent grapes for his labels. In this instance, Costco commissioned Patrick to make them an exemplary wine from the Cotes Du Rhone Villages. See this link for an explanation of the term Cotes Du Rhone Villages on a bottle of wine.

The Kirkland Cote du Rhone Villages is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. It has spice, dark fruit, lively flavors, and is a wonderful wine all for $6.99. 88 Points

2017 Trader Joe’s Growers Reserve Zinfandel Paso Robles

Growers Reserve Zinfandel Paso Robles
Growers Reserve Zinfandel Paso Robles – $4.99

This Trader Joe’s Zinfandel was recommended by one of my friends who enjoys Zinfandel wines. The price is $4.99. The label tells us the grapes are organically farmed. This is a very spicy Zin. The label says jammy, but I find it on the mellow side of a Zinfandel wine. The wine definitely tastes better with food. If you are a Trader Joe’s shopper, give this wine a try. I found it down on the bottom shelf in the Zin section of the Millbrae store. 87 Points.

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