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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharilyn View Post
    The last couple of bottles we tried were pretty good -- Penfolds Cabernet Savignon and Shiraz Cabernet, from Australia. They were decent budget wines, about $6 or $7 from Longs.
    I'm a big fan of Southeastern Australian reds, mostly because they seem to have a more flavorful taste compared to the other regions. I like anything from the $5.50 bottle of Yellow Tail to a $40 bottle of Greg Norman. Yellow Tails and Little Penguins are my "fallback" wines; I know what they taste like and I like them, and when they're on sale for under $7, I'll buy a case.

    The Penfolds brand is also very delicious, although I haven't been able to keep up with the Bin numbers. Their reds go very well with a medium steak.

    Lately, what's been catching me by surprise are the screw-top wines. I hear rumors of shortages of cork (or fake cork), and the companies find it more cost effective to make screw tops. But just because there's a cap instead of a cork doesn't mean the wines are less delicious. A hard to find brand that I took interest in is the Phillips Marquis brand, first found at the Amuse wine bar, and then at Roy's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expat Kamaaina View Post
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    Wow! Never have seen this at the Calif or AZ Costco's.......do they change the label or what? How do they do this?.
    They do it all the time at the Palm Desert and La Quinta Costcos just down Hwy 10 from you. They have a sign above each bin describing the wine (ala WS), the vintage, and sometimes the rating (sometimes the sign says "not rated"). The sign might say that it is a 90 for a 2004 vintage, but what they are selling in the bin is a 2005 label. But sometimes they get it right too. Buyer beware. We've picked up some unbelievable bargains there by careful shopping. We're on a strict budget, so $50 wine is pretty much out for us.

    Costcos are divided into districts and the district manager has some leeway in what the stores in his district stock and how it is displayed to suit the local culture. That's why you can buy macadamia nuts in the Honolulu Costco but ne'er in sight in the Cabo Costco. However, we have found certain staples that are the same in every Costco around the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    They do it all the time at the Palm Desert and La Quinta Costcos just down Hwy 10 from you. They have a sign above each bin describing the wine (ala WS), the vintage, and sometimes the rating (sometimes the sign says "not rated"). The sign might say that it is a 90 for a 2004 vintage, but what they are selling in the bin is a 2005 label. But sometimes they get it right too. Buyer beware. We've picked up some unbelievable bargains there by careful shopping. We're on a strict budget, so $50 wine is pretty much out for us.

    Costcos are divided into districts and the district manager has some leeway in what the stores in his district stock and how it is displayed to suit the local culture. That's why you can buy macadamia nuts in the Honolulu Costco but ne'er in sight in the Cabo Costco. However, we have found certain staples that are the same in every Costco around the world.
    Like Kirkland batteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    He/she gives you the cork. What do you do with it?
    Hah hah ha ha ha! Oh Craig, Oh Craig, the devil is tempting me mightily!
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Hah hah ha ha ha! Oh Craig, Oh Craig, the devil is tempting me mightily!
    make sure you remove the corkscrew before attemting such devilish acts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Like Kirkland batteries.
    'Cuz it's Costco's own brand (yes, I know you know that!). My guess is if there was a Kirkland brand package of macadamia nuts, they just might be in all the stores. Or is there now? I haven't bought mac nuts in a coupla years!

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    RE: the Australian wines mentioned earlier - I enjoyed many of those when I visited the Barossa Valley back in 1989. A recent (well, about three years ago) find that amuses me, however, is Shingleback's "Black Bubbles" - it's a sparkling shiraz!

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    hmmm - i think a "sparkling" shiraz would be very interesting! please can you give some details about this wine? btw - i love australian/new zealand wines.
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    Yellow Tail is my table wine of choice...$8.99/1.5L at Costco.

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    One of the Australian wines that I consider to be the "Barefoot" brand of Australia is Mattie's Perch. I've seen those bottles go anywhere between $3.99-6.99 on the shelves. It's an alternative to Barefoot if you need a quick substitute.

    Since I'm not really a fan of Barefoot, Mattie's Perch doesn't rank too high on my list compared to my originally posted choices, but it's still a decent wine if you need to host larger parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Okay so what do you do? A waiter has just uncorked a bottle of wine you selected at a restaurant. He/she gives you the cork. What do you do with it?

    Some smell it, some roll it in their fingers. I was told by a master sommelier to roll it and test it for it's dryness. A dry cork doesn't seal the bottle well.

    Once I joked and popped it in my mouth and told the waiter, excellent year. his eyes looked like I was at Roy's in Hawaii Kai. I'll bet he never saw that one coming!
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    LOL! That was great! I got to remember that the next time I order a bottle of wine. Most of the times when my wife and I go out to dinner (which is infrequently because I rather cook at home; I like my food), we go to places that we frequent and they let me bring my own wine without any corkage fee.

    Also --- what to do with the cork? There are many beliefs like you have said, but my belief is in the tasting of the wine. If it tastes great, then sobeit. If is tastes moldy or off, then I will maybe screw with the cork to confirm my tasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    They do it all the time at the Palm Desert and La Quinta Costcos just down Hwy 10 from you. They have a sign above each bin describing the wine (ala WS), the vintage, and sometimes the rating (sometimes the sign says "not rated"). The sign might say that it is a 90 for a 2004 vintage, but what they are selling in the bin is a 2005 label. But sometimes they get it right too. Buyer beware. We've picked up some unbelievable bargains there by careful shopping. We're on a strict budget, so $50 wine is pretty much out for us.

    Costcos are divided into districts and the district manager has some leeway in what the stores in his district stock and how it is displayed to suit the local culture. That's why you can buy macadamia nuts in the Honolulu Costco but ne'er in sight in the Cabo Costco. However, we have found certain staples that are the same in every Costco around the world.
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    Hi Matapule:

    Now I understand. I thought you talking about mislabeling or label switching. Now that I understand that the shelf signage doesn't match-up with the actual bottles there, I now know what you mean. Yes, this happens all the time because the people stocking the shelves don't pay attention. Also, your comments about Costco districts is well taken. In fact, in most cases, each Costco has its own buyer who tries to match the inventory with the clientele in that location. For small geographies, maybe a buyer has more than one store to handle, but even here in the Phoenix area, each Costco has its own buyer and wine manager ( I talk to them a lot to find out what is coming in). In fact, the Costco with the largest wine inventory in the country and with the highest end wines is the Costco in Scottsdale, AZ. Makes sense when you think that Scottsdale is the high end community in the State.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anapuni808 View Post
    hmmm - i think a "sparkling" shiraz would be very interesting! please can you give some details about this wine? btw - i love australian/new zealand wines.
    http://www.wineloverspage.com/wines/tn.phtml?id=807
    Not sure how you get it in Hawai`i, though - can some locals here point the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    'Cuz it's Costco's own brand (yes, I know you know that!). My guess is if there was a Kirkland brand package of macadamia nuts, they just might be in all the stores. Or is there now? I haven't bought mac nuts in a coupla years!
    I buy PC Nuts myself... DOH!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    http://www.wineloverspage.com/wines/tn.phtml?id=807
    Not sure how you get it in Hawai`i, though - can some locals here point the way?
    I just emailed both the winery and the distributor who is there in Seattle BTW. Thanks for the link!
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    I just got back from a trip to the Cabo San Lucas Costco. We had to have our Costco hot dog fix. Where else are jalapeno peppers featured next to the onions and relish condiments along with apple flavor soft drink? Yum, yum!

    I took a close look at the wine section. Yup, they have WS rating shown for about half their wines. The WS description is in Spanish, but is easily deciphered. I stopped to study a 2007 Pio Cesare Rebolo from Italy rated at 94. And yes, it was a 2007 label in the bin. The price was about US$80.

    As matapule was studying this label, uaifi come along and say, "what you doing matapule? Just keep dreaming and move along." So matapule puts hands back in pocket and move along. When uaifi tell matapule to do something, matapule do it like yesterday. Matapule no like whack, whacks from uaifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Expat Kamaaina View Post
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    You have had better luck with Barefoot than me! The couple times I tried Barefoot, they were pretty bad. .
    Well we gave it the test tonight. We were gifted with a bottle of Barefoot Pinot Grigio a while back, one of our guest's favorite wines. I pulled that bottle out of my vast 6 bottle cellar. We served it with a homemade Chef's Salad with shredded BBQ chicken and some toasted buttered french bread with light garlic. We thought the wine was good, not great, but good.

    I'm wondering if you think that is one of the undrinkables. I'm a novice, but interested in learning.

    I'm saving a bottle of Columbia Crest, Grand Estates, Cab (2007) to share with our daughter who comes for a visit next week. It is her favorite. Andrea Robinson gives it a rating of very good to excellent and is one of her personal favorites. Comments or opinions?
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    i just bought a bottle of the Barefoot Pinot Grigio but was waiting til the weekend to open. hope the purchase wasn't a mistake
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    I tried the Barefoot Pinot Grigio last nite and I definitely got my moneys worth. I don't know if I will buy it again but it was very drinkable with my dinner. Not a fine wine - but a very passable one.
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    How did I miss this thread? I love wine.

    My palate tends toward whites and rose' wines, I rarely drink red.

    I generally buy less expensive bottles and look for good sales. One of my regular Chardonnay buys is Turning Leaf (currently on sale at Times for $4.99); it is very consistent year to year. Other Chardonnays I like are Mirrasou and Mark West, which can be over $10. One of my current favorites is Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, from NZ; serve it very cold! It's usually about $12-13, but sometimes it goes as low as $10 on sale.

    I never found a Barefoot I liked - I'd rather drink Sutter Home (which occasionally surprises)! Beringer, Alice White and Yellowtail are other whites I'll drink.

    There is one Cabernet I like, but I forget the name - have to get back to you on that one....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaonohi View Post
    [...]One of my current favorites is Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, from NZ; [...]
    One of Consumer Reports top picks is the Nobilo Marlborough sauvignon blanc 2006! Do you buy Nobilo at Times, K?

    I was gifted a bottle of Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes by a friend who told me this is the only white she likes. I enjoyed what little I could taste (my problem, not the wine's)! Whole Foods carries it for about $14./bottle. Guess that might mean $10. elsewhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaonohi View Post
    One of my current favorites is Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, from NZ;...
    Well K, Andrea Robinson really likes this wine and has a video review of it. Here is what she says, "This Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc has taken the market by storm, offering the signature grapefruit/herbal style the region is known for at a 'great price.'" She further notes that the wine holds well in the refrigerator and gets better after 3-4 days!

    Sounds like you found a winner (about $12 per bottle).
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Well we gave it the test tonight. We were gifted with a bottle of Barefoot Pinot Grigio a while back, one of our guest's favorite wines. I pulled that bottle out of my vast 6 bottle cellar. We served it with a homemade Chef's Salad with shredded BBQ chicken and some toasted buttered french bread with light garlic. We thought the wine was good, not great, but good.

    I'm wondering if you think that is one of the undrinkables. I'm a novice, but interested in learning.

    I'm saving a bottle of Columbia Crest, Grand Estates, Cab (2007) to share with our daughter who comes for a visit next week. It is her favorite. Andrea Robinson gives it a rating of very good to excellent and is one of her personal favorites. Comments or opinions?
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    Less anyone think that I am a wine snob, I want to restress that everyone's palate is different. And you should drink what you like and what you can afford. Generally (not always) I follow the ratings. Seems to work well for me. And with most things, the higher the rating, the better the quality and taste of the wine, and of course, the higher the price. Don't get me wrong, most wines are "drinkable" but you can either notice an acidic taste, or a puckery taste (the tannin factor) or a little sour taste. A Very Good to Excellent wine will have none of these tastes, but only a nice, even, smooth taste and you can smell the hints of berries, chocolate, lavender, and even tobacco sometimes (I am talking about red wine). Last comment, I have never had the Columbia Crest Grand Estates 07 Cab, but it has not been rated by the expert raters. However, most of the tasting notes on the Cellar Tracker website says that it is a 84-85 point wine. This means that it is acceptable (90 points means very good; 95+ points means excellent). And it seems to retail at about $9-$10 per bottle.

    Now speaking of Columbia Crest Cabs, the 2005 cab is rated by Wine Spectator at 95 points and was chosen to be the 2009 wine of the year. Due to the depressed economy, more economical wines are getting higher positions on the top 100 wine listings for the year because more weight is being placed on the price of the wines. This means that even a far superior tasting wine rated at 98 points may not be chosen as the wine of the year because it might be priced at $200. So this Columbia Crest 2005 Cab was priced at $30 per bottle when released in early 2009; it is now priced at about $50 per bottle due to its selection as the wine of the year. I bought six bottles. Drank two (my taste buds would rate it as a 92 point wine), gave two bottle away to friends, and still have two bottles in my wine keeper that I will drink probably next year to see what some aging does for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    I just got back from a trip to the Cabo San Lucas Costco. We had to have our Costco hot dog fix. Where else are jalapeno peppers featured next to the onions and relish condiments along with apple flavor soft drink? Yum, yum!

    I took a close look at the wine section. Yup, they have WS rating shown for about half their wines. The WS description is in Spanish, but is easily deciphered. I stopped to study a 2007 Pio Cesare Rebolo from Italy rated at 94. And yes, it was a 2007 label in the bin. The price was about US$80.

    As matapule was studying this label, uaifi come along and say, "what you doing matapule? Just keep dreaming and move along." So matapule puts hands back in pocket and move along. When uaifi tell matapule to do something, matapule do it like yesterday. Matapule no like whack, whacks from uaifi.
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    It doesn't cost you anything to look. I look all the time at the high-end wine shops. Everyone has a budget and I cannot afford $500+ bottles of wine. But it is fun and interesting to look. When I was younger and we were saving our money, my wife would say the same kind of thing to me when I looked at the wines and the scotch. But now, she says nothing because she knows we cannot take our money to the grave with us.

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    I'm a novice, but interested in learning.
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    I know that most of the people commenting here are on limited budgets and have only tried economy wines, but if you are somewhat like me, you like to read all kind of stuff. So I will share some info with you......was in Vegas this past weekend and had dinner with a casino GM and his pit boss. We drank two bottles that we brought. He brought a 2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red (a red blend). It was super-good! So I looked -up the data on this wine this morning. It is rated at 94 points by Wine Spectator and 96 points by Robert Parker. Cost averages about $100 a bottle. I brought a 2004 Lancaster Estates Cabernet. Was also great. I bought a case about a year ago and drank one bottle back then. It was good, but not super-good. The research suggests that it was a little young and should be cellared for 1-5 more years. So after only one year, it was now excellent compare to my tasting last year. It is rated at 97 points by the Wine Enthusiast, and was $50 at release towards the end of 2008. It is now up to $85 per bottle. So we had a good time, with good scotch and wines, and we ate grilled shrimp appetizers, hot spinach salads, prime rib with baked potato, and big fat choc cake for dessert. What a pig out.

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