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A Bit of Everything for Sunday – Wine Review, a Fun Video and Wine Infographics

December 8, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

It is Sunday, and I have rather a hodge-podge mix for you here. I have a few things a wanted to share, and while they are all not connected (or may be they are), I think it all make sense in the format of Sunday time. Here we go.

The first one belongs to the Daily Glass category, which is intended for the simple daily wines I drink, well, daily – and I’m always looking for value. This time, the search for value lead me to  Kirkland Signature Médoc.

Kirkland Signature MédocI love value wines. Of course we can remove the word “value” from the previous sentence – yes, I’m an oenophile, also often known as a wine snob. At the same time, I think the word “value” is important. “Value wine” means you get disproportional amount of pleasure compare to the amount of money you invest into that bottle of wine. A €1.29 Portuguese red and white are ultimate examples of the value wines. Trader Joe’s carries a lot of outstanding value wines at $5.99 or less. I remember amazing Montepulciano wines at $5 per bottle I was buying by the caseload. Well, La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza at $30 will also perfectly fit the bill, but this is the whole other story. Okay, I’m sure you got my point.

So here comes Costco. Value is a whole premise of huge warehousing operation of Costco’s chain, and of course it extends into the wines. To deliver ultimate value (supposedly, at least), Costco even has its own brand, called Kirkland.

When I visit Costco which has a wine section (not all the warehouses have it – the one I usually go to does not), I always have to explore it. And yes, I’m looking for value. This time around, I decided to extend my quest for value to the ultimate heights, and got a bottle of Kirkland Signature Médoc, which I found for $8.99 at Costco in Massachussets.

Médoc wine for $8.99? How good can that be? Finding palatable wines from Bordeaux (not even talking about good wines) at that price is mostly a mission impossible. And this wine is not even designated as a whole Bordeaux, it is Médoc AOC, which theoretically means the grapes should be better-  but again, at under $10? Well, let’s  see if Costco can actually do it.

2011 Kirkland Signature Médoc AOC (13.5 ABV, $8.99, 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot) had dark garnet red color in the glass. The nose didn’t exhibit much of the fruit. On the palate, there was a hint of raspberries, and may be a whiff of tobacco, otherwise the wine was rather flat, lacking the mid palate weight and substance. Drinkability: 6. This was the wine without sense of place – you know you are drinking wine, but otherwise it completely fails to solicit an emotional response. Was that the worst wine I ever had? No. Was that the wine I would recommend to someone? No. Was that the wine I would ever buy again? No. Can you buy this wine if you must have Bordeaux on the table?  Yes. Would that wine benefit from aging or aggressive decanting? Maybe, but we will need to establish it first. Is it possible that you actually might like this wine? Of course! And I would love to hear from you if you do.

Next up – the Holiday Dinner Party video. No, this is not the wine video, but instead, it is a great video dedicated to all of you cooks out there. This was sent to me by a friend, an avid cook herself (if the recipe doesn’t require at least a stick of butter, she is not making it). With the holidays, and all the festivities, friends and families getting together, I’m sure all of you can relate to what you are about to hear. But enough words – here is the video:

And last, but not least for today – the wine infographics. I’m an information junkie, and I love processing of the lists of all sorts. Continuing the theme of value wines, below is a very interesting infographics presenting 10 great wines for $10. Well, yes, “great” is a very personal characteristic, but it is always fun to align the opinions and see what the other person thinks – definitely a fun for me. To be honest, I don’t remember tasting any of the wines below. So please take a look, and of course, comment away – I’m very curious about your opinion.

10 Great Wines for $10 or Less
Courtesy of: SelfStorage.com

That’s all I have for you for today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and cheers!

  1. December 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Gnarly Head Authentic Red is our go-to everyday table wine; I especially love it when paired with a supper of scrambled eggs and pan-fried potatoes, although we’ve paired it with just about everything. I love your graphic.

    • talkavino
      December 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Sounds good! I will have to try it!

  2. PSsquared
    December 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve had Smoking Loon and Pepperwood Grove before. They’re ok, I wouldn’t say great. But I also haven’t tried them in the last few years, because they were just ok when I did. And I’m sad the Costco wine wasn’t better for you. At least it didn’t cost you too much to find out. 🙂 Cheers!

    • talkavino
      December 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      I’ve had those two before – same as you, I don’t have any fond memories of either, so may be I should try it again. And with the Coscto wine, it is just an experience, and it was fine as such.

  3. Emil
    December 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Wine infographic galore here: http://winefolly.com/
    Quite nicely done too, I think.

    • talkavino
      December 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Yes, WineFolly is an interesting site with lots of information.

  4. December 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Trader Joes is definitely better than Costco for wine.

  5. December 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    This was an interesting article, especially about the Medoc wine from Costco. I have had the Kirkland Meritage, but I had not seen the Medoc. From your notes, I think that I may pass on this wine, but it is interesting. Thank you very much.

  6. belleci
    February 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I had this Medoc last night and could not believe how bad it was, I am glad I had no guests at home 🙂
    I had to research online other people’s opinions to see if I was being too rough… and believe it or not, after 2 sips I started having a bad headache.
    Congrats on your blog!

    • talkavino
      February 13, 2014 at 12:37 am

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, this was surprisingly a pretty bad wine. I know that Costco wines are often praised by the people for their price/quality ratio – but this wine was definitely not one of them.

    • Rob P
      March 25, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I won’t say I’m a wine snob. I may be a beer snob, but not a wine snob. I just opened this wine (same vintage: 2011). For $8.99, if that is what I paid for it, I’m fine with it. I like Cabs and Merlot varietals. I’d have it again. Have I had better wines? Sure. But typically at the $13+ range. I might not go looking for this wine again, but it was ok to me.

      • talkavino
        March 25, 2015 at 6:49 pm

        Thank you for the comment! Everything in the wine world is subjective – taste of the wine is definitely one of the most subjective categories, so if you like the wine, that’s all what matters. Definition of the good wine is “the wine which you like”, so it is totally fine to have different opinions about the same glass of wine. Cheers!

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