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Monday, December 3, 2012

Stock Up on These Three Wallet-Friendly Wines From Costco

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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There are fine wines. And then there are the ones to bust out on a near-daily basis: the

end of the day. Today SFoodie strolls the aisles of Costco,

where it's make room on that flatbed cart for drinkable and beyond decent wines

from red to bubbly. Here are three of our favorite picks that are suitable for winter

and casual holiday soirees.

See also:

- Talking Holiday Wines With Bi-Rite's Trac Le

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Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2010 ($16.59)

This is a berrylicious zin, not-over-the-top wine with black cherry nuances and

smoky smells. Menu suggestions: this local Zin is particularly pleasing served up

with BBQ, pizza, braises and stews -- hearty fare that is apropos respite from the

area's recent chilly rains. Quivira Zinfandel's tannins are firm but not overwhelming,

which means you can comfortably lick your lips and take another sip.

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Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs ($12.99)

Costco's price on this approachable, soft and creamy tasting fruity bubbly is two to

five dollars cheaper than other outlets, hey! Trivia: a cheery "la-di-da!" tidbit from

Wine Enthusiast proclaims that this bubbly is said to be fit to be served at the White

House for all receptions. Pair it with salty snacks, cheese plates, and spicy ethnic

dishes of the Asian variety. You'll never be sorry to have an emergency bottle of this

bubbly on hand for last minute guests, and a drop of pomegranate syrup gives it a

festive look.

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Sierra Cantabria Crianza Rioja 2008 ($13.99)

This ruby red "everyday wine" called Rioja from Spain is aged for over fourteen

months in four year old and American oak barriques (barrels). The winemaking

process gives way to rich, strong and deep sugary fruit flavors. Expect pleasing

notes of black cherry, chocolate, coffee and tobacco. This Rioja is best served with:

tomato sauced pasta, Chinese food, and any kind of chili (veggie, beef or turkey).

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