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#1401 Post by Gary Fordyce » August 13th, 2019, 8:08 pm

The '08 Dom Perignon has finally made it to Northern Virginia. Picked up 6 bottles at the Fairfax Costco for $150 each on Sat, then went back on Sunday and picked up 6 more for a friend.

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#1402 Post by KevinK » August 13th, 2019, 8:14 pm

So I picked up a case of the '08 DP but the cellar tracker drinkability report is implying I don't have enough for the next five decades :(
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#1403 Post by alan weinberg » August 19th, 2019, 11:23 am

08 Dom Perignon. Savi Ranch Yorba Linda. 149.99. But they are having trouble finding it . . . found.
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#1404 Post by B. Buzzini » August 19th, 2019, 2:05 pm

$14.97 at checkout! 2013 vintage to boot!
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#1405 Post by Dustin Cochran » August 19th, 2019, 9:37 pm

Some 16 Bordeaux hitting in Portland area

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16 Brane Cantenac - 79

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#1406 Post by JonathanG » August 19th, 2019, 9:52 pm

How does Costco store their "nicer" wines? The DP and the 1st Growth BDX's I've seen are "glass case" only, and I haven't asked them if they just have them thrown in a box in the non-temp controlled office or if they are in a temp controlled unit in-store. Would be a pity to see some of those Chateau Margaux bottles sweating in the store.
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#1407 Post by Dustin Cochran » August 19th, 2019, 10:01 pm

JonathanG wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 9:52 pm
How does Costco store their "nicer" wines? The DP and the 1st Growth BDX's I've seen are "glass case" only, and I haven't asked them if they just have them thrown in a box in the non-temp controlled office or if they are in a temp controlled unit in-store. Would be a pity to see some of those Chateau Margaux bottles sweating in the store.
My experience is they keep them locked up and typically come to me at close to a normal cellar temp - always cool to the touch but not refrigerated. Before they got to Costco, who knows...especially some of the older vintages that show up from time to time

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#1408 Post by JonathanG » August 19th, 2019, 10:17 pm

Think I'll have to pass on that 2004 Margaux I saw last weekend then! Will be heading there tomorrow to check for DP and 2016 BDX.
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#1409 Post by KevinK » August 19th, 2019, 10:28 pm

I think the bottles at the wine section are mostly okay in that they're usually next to the produce and dairy sections hence cooler part of the warehouse. It's the stuff they lock up up front in the room that I worry about more, although I've never gotten them worse than typical Costco temperature which isn't that bad. That said, if I were to go deep on something older and expensive, I'd take one home and coravin a taste or pop a bottle first.
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#1410 Post by Arv R » August 24th, 2019, 2:32 pm

#471 had these on offer today.

2013 Adelaida [Barolo] $14.97 (also mentioned upthread by Brian)
2015 Louis Latour rouge [Mercurey] $19
2016 I'lot Haut Bergeron splits [Sauternes] $14 appears to be a separate vineyard, not a deuxieme vinified by the Haut Bergeron team.
2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello' [Tuscany] $80

Also a number of spirits & whiskeys seemed to be getting closed out.

I was mildly tempted by a Rye for $25, but our bar area is overflowing as it is, so I didn't buy anything.
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#1411 Post by John Glas » August 24th, 2019, 3:35 pm

$14.97 at checkout! 2013 vintage to boot!
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#1412 Post by alan weinberg » August 24th, 2019, 3:45 pm

JonathanG wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 9:52 pm
How does Costco store their "nicer" wines? The DP and the 1st Growth BDX's I've seen are "glass case" only, and I haven't asked them if they just have them thrown in a box in the non-temp controlled office or if they are in a temp controlled unit in-store. Would be a pity to see some of those Chateau Margaux bottles sweating in the store.
non temp controlled cage where expensive stuff like jewelry is kept. Same temp as store, which is reasonable.

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#1413 Post by JonathanG » August 24th, 2019, 5:16 pm

Costco in Mountain View has some solid stuff. They have a 4 bottle vertical of Cheval from 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 for $4800. They have a 2012 Petrus for 2700. PETRUS. Loads of Dom 08 and 09 there at the moment for $147.

I was talking with the independent wine rep who handles a lot of stores for CostCo and he said they are really investing in higher end wines for the Mountain View store, and it shows big time. Too bad for me, the Redwood City one is seemingly not a priority on their wine agenda!
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#1414 Post by jhans » August 27th, 2019, 9:53 pm

Arv R wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 2:32 pm
#471 had these on offer today.

2013 Adelaida [Barolo] $14.97 (also mentioned upthread by Brian)
2015 Louis Latour rouge [Mercurey] $19
2016 I'lot Haut Bergeron splits [Sauternes] $14 appears to be a separate vineyard, not a deuxieme vinified by the Haut Bergeron team.
2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello' [Tuscany] $80

Also a number of spirits & whiskeys seemed to be getting closed out.

I was mildly tempted by a Rye for $25, but our bar area is overflowing as it is, so I didn't buy anything.
Why was this wine - 2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello $119 at my Costco and $80 at yours?
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#1415 Post by jbray23 » August 27th, 2019, 10:39 pm

jhans wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Arv R wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 2:32 pm
#471 had these on offer today.

2013 Adelaida [Barolo] $14.97 (also mentioned upthread by Brian)
2015 Louis Latour rouge [Mercurey] $19
2016 I'lot Haut Bergeron splits [Sauternes] $14 appears to be a separate vineyard, not a deuxieme vinified by the Haut Bergeron team.
2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello' [Tuscany] $80

Also a number of spirits & whiskeys seemed to be getting closed out.

I was mildly tempted by a Rye for $25, but our bar area is overflowing as it is, so I didn't buy anything.
Why was this wine - 2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello $119 at my Costco and $80 at yours?
Depends on the distributor they bought it from, although Costco can purchase large volumes in bulk, alcohol is the exception. It goes state to state...
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#1416 Post by Troy Stark » August 28th, 2019, 2:45 am

jbray23 wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Depends on the distributor they bought it from, although Costco can purchase large volumes in bulk, alcohol is the exception. It goes state to state...
True that it goes state by state, but my wife used to sell to Costco and most, if not all, of their deals are negotiated based on Costco's self-defined regions and a lot of work is done to normalize prices across the various states in a single region. These deals are usually dictated to the distributors by the national or regional brand managers for the wines in question and Costco's regional wine buyer, rather than the other way around.

In other words, your local Costco does not typically just call up the distributor for X brand and ask them to bring over a pallet of wine or a few bottles of Flaccianello. The deal has been worked out by higher powers both in terms of price and quantity to be delivered. While there may be room for each individual store manager to place a few SKUs on the shelves, I really doubt it.

So, the big question is whether John and Arv are in the same Costco region. If they are not, that is probably the explanation. If they are, they could be in different states with different tax regimens and/or shipping considerations (i.e. one is farther from a port than the other).
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#1417 Post by John Kight » August 28th, 2019, 7:01 am

JonathanG wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 9:52 pm
How does Costco store their "nicer" wines? The DP and the 1st Growth BDX's I've seen are "glass case" only, and I haven't asked them if they just have them thrown in a box in the non-temp controlled office or if they are in a temp controlled unit in-store. Would be a pity to see some of those Chateau Margaux bottles sweating in the store.
Costco stores are typically kept quite cool...Don't know if that's a function of customer comfort, or simply all the cooling units spread around the store (cold room for produce, coolers for meats, various aisles of refrigerated items, etc.). I don't think our Plano stores are ever above about 68 degrees, which gives me no concern for purchasing wine (although there is no way to know about transport TO the stores, or possible drop-offs at a hot loading dock area, etc.).

That said, I did once go into a Phoenix Costco that must have been 82+ degrees inside, where I saw a 5L bottle of 2010 Flaccianello for a ridiculously good price...I believe it was something like $350. It was a shame, but even at that price there was no way I was buying it with the store being that HOT inside (and the added complexity that I'd have to figure out how to get it home with me on a plane back to Dallas (without it cooking further while being checked onto a plane with the outside temperatures of 115 degrees...maybe hotter on the tarmac.

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#1418 Post by Mike Kuller » August 28th, 2019, 8:01 am

jhans wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 9:53 pm

Why was this wine - 2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello $119 at my Costco and $80 at yours?
I've seen the variation like this before.

There are two Costcos within about a 15 minute drive in either direction (Concord and Danville) - one is in a much nicer part of town and their prices can be a little higher for the same wine.
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#1419 Post by Jim Stewart » August 28th, 2019, 11:35 am

Bought at Avon, MA Costco:
2008 Dom Perignon @ $145
2013 Marchesi di Barolo @$43
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#1420 Post by Michae1 P0wers » August 28th, 2019, 11:38 am

Jim Stewart wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 11:35 am
Bought at Avon, MA Costco:
2008 Dom Perignon @ $145
2013 Marchesi di Barolo @$43
Wild Caught Pacific Halibut @ $18/lb
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That's a good price on the Halibut. Hope to see that at my store, but it seems fish pricing varies as significantly as wine selection by store.

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#1421 Post by jbray23 » August 28th, 2019, 4:40 pm

Troy Stark wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 2:45 am
jbray23 wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Depends on the distributor they bought it from, although Costco can purchase large volumes in bulk, alcohol is the exception. It goes state to state...
True that it goes state by state, but my wife used to sell to Costco and most, if not all, of their deals are negotiated based on Costco's self-defined regions and a lot of work is done to normalize prices across the various states in a single region. These deals are usually dictated to the distributors by the national or regional brand managers for the wines in question and Costco's regional wine buyer, rather than the other way around.

In other words, your local Costco does not typically just call up the distributor for X brand and ask them to bring over a pallet of wine or a few bottles of Flaccianello. The deal has been worked out by higher powers both in terms of price and quantity to be delivered. While there may be room for each individual store manager to place a few SKUs on the shelves, I really doubt it.

So, the big question is whether John and Arv are in the same Costco region. If they are not, that is probably the explanation. If they are, they could be in different states with different tax regimens and/or shipping considerations (i.e. one is farther from a port than the other).
We currently sell to Costco and while what you say is true for large national brands, it’s not true for regions. Our regional buyer contacts us or we contact them with things we have and they bite or don’t, no national pricing program involved.
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#1422 Post by Troy Stark » August 28th, 2019, 4:45 pm

jbray23 wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Troy Stark wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 2:45 am
jbray23 wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Depends on the distributor they bought it from, although Costco can purchase large volumes in bulk, alcohol is the exception. It goes state to state...
...most, if not all, of their deals are negotiated based on Costco's self-defined regions...
We currently sell to Costco and while what you say is true for large national brands, it’s not true for regions. Our regional buyer contacts us or we contact them with things we have and they bite or don’t, no national pricing program involved.
Sorry for the confusion, but that's basically what I said.

My "national" reference was to "national brand manager" only and was meant as a reference to who might be working the deals with the regional buyer, not that the deals are national.
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#1423 Post by Arv R » August 28th, 2019, 6:52 pm

jhans wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Arv R wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 2:32 pm
#471 had these on offer today.

2013 Adelaida [Barolo] $14.97 (also mentioned upthread by Brian)
2015 Louis Latour rouge [Mercurey] $19
2016 I'lot Haut Bergeron splits [Sauternes] $14 appears to be a separate vineyard, not a deuxieme vinified by the Haut Bergeron team.
2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello' [Tuscany] $80

Also a number of spirits & whiskeys seemed to be getting closed out.

I was mildly tempted by a Rye for $25, but our bar area is overflowing as it is, so I didn't buy anything.
Why was this wine - 2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello $119 at my Costco and $80 at yours?
I checked my Google Photos (I take pix of the prices) and it was actually $79.97, the last few digits cue that its a local managers closeout. Members at #471 clearly aren't slurping this up, so they are getting rid of it.
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#1424 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » August 29th, 2019, 6:35 pm

In Torrance, CA today:
2008 Dom -- $148
2014 Pontet Canet -- $90
2013 Percarlo -- $94


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#1425 Post by Rich Brown » August 30th, 2019, 1:19 pm

Best deal I've seen at an AZ location in a while. Sadly only one bottle left (confirmed with staff) which I snatched up with the quickness.

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#1426 Post by ykwon » August 30th, 2019, 1:46 pm

Damn that is a sweet deal!!!
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#1427 Post by Rich Brown » August 30th, 2019, 1:52 pm

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Damn that is a sweet deal!!!
Right! Literally did a double take and then ran off to ask if they had any more.

Freaking love Costco.

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#1428 Post by Rich Brown » August 30th, 2019, 1:52 pm

Wow. Sorry....didnt mean to add that emoji!

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#1429 Post by David Kaufman » August 30th, 2019, 2:33 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Best deal I've seen at an AZ location in a while. Sadly only one bottle left (confirmed with staff) which I snatched up with the quickness.


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Which Costco? I was at the one at PV Mall last weekend they had 1 (maybe 2) bottles of Krug 166th but price was still $179ish

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#1430 Post by Rich Brown » August 30th, 2019, 2:44 pm

David Kaufman wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Best deal I've seen at an AZ location in a while. Sadly only one bottle left (confirmed with staff) which I snatched up with the quickness.


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Which Costco? I was at the one at PV Mall last weekend they had 1 (maybe 2) bottles of Krug 166th but price was still $179ish
Yep, that's the one! Thsts why I did a double take, as they've had that Krug there for a while at $180. Helluva price drop!!

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#1431 Post by David Kaufman » August 30th, 2019, 2:46 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 2:44 pm
David Kaufman wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Best deal I've seen at an AZ location in a while. Sadly only one bottle left (confirmed with staff) which I snatched up with the quickness.


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Which Costco? I was at the one at PV Mall last weekend they had 1 (maybe 2) bottles of Krug 166th but price was still $179ish
Yep, that's the one! Thsts why I did a double take, as they've had that Krug there for a while at $180. Helluva price drop!!

Awesome deal!

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#1432 Post by Bryan Carr » August 30th, 2019, 4:09 pm

Anyone in Fairbanks, AK want to ship me 3 bottles of Krug? (I'm serious)
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#1433 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » August 30th, 2019, 4:49 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Best deal I've seen at an AZ location in a while. Sadly only one bottle left (confirmed with staff) which I snatched up with the quickness.


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That's insane!

The reason is probably it was their last bottle. I've bought wines at 50% off the lowest local competitor, but it was always the last bottle they had.
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#1434 Post by Rich Brown » August 30th, 2019, 5:32 pm

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Best deal I've seen at an AZ location in a while. Sadly only one bottle left (confirmed with staff) which I snatched up with the quickness.


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That's insane!

The reason is probably it was their last bottle. I've bought wines at 50% off the lowest local competitor, but it was always the last bottle they had.
It really is! And you're spot on - guy told me they were discontinuing it and had a couple left so they reduced the price. But man....I've never seen that kind of reduction at Costco before on a high-end bottle. Totally right place/right time.

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#1435 Post by B. Buzzini » August 30th, 2019, 6:03 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 5:32 pm
K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Best deal I've seen at an AZ location in a while. Sadly only one bottle left (confirmed with staff) which I snatched up with the quickness.


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That's insane!

The reason is probably it was their last bottle. I've bought wines at 50% off the lowest local competitor, but it was always the last bottle they had.
It really is! And you're spot on - guy told me they were discontinuing it and had a couple left so they reduced the price. But man....I've never seen that kind of reduction at Costco before on a high-end bottle. Totally right place/right time.
Never seen them price at a whole number with no .99/.97/.47? Reminds me of the $99 2004 Haut Brion deals I got!
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#1436 Post by Rich Brown » August 30th, 2019, 6:15 pm

$99 Haut Brion!?! Assuming you cleaned em out. How many bottles did you get?

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#1437 Post by ERPark » August 30th, 2019, 7:29 pm

B. Buzzini wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Rich Brown wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 5:32 pm
K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:49 pm


That's insane!

The reason is probably it was their last bottle. I've bought wines at 50% off the lowest local competitor, but it was always the last bottle they had.
It really is! And you're spot on - guy told me they were discontinuing it and had a couple left so they reduced the price. But man....I've never seen that kind of reduction at Costco before on a high-end bottle. Totally right place/right time.
Never seen them price at a whole number with no .99/.97/.47? Reminds me of the $99 2004 Haut Brion deals I got!
.00 or, rarely, .88 deals means these are manager approved closeout pricing that is not replicated on a company-wise basis. So the rare other Costco locations that may still have these in stock won’t necessarily have the same blowout pricing.
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#1438 Post by David Kaufman » August 31st, 2019, 11:45 am

2 pack 09 DP w/6 stems
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#1439 Post by NickRut » August 31st, 2019, 12:24 pm

That’s not a bad deal at all. Where?
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#1440 Post by Lonnie F. » August 31st, 2019, 6:22 pm

Drove down to Costco in DC on Route 50. Only had Dom 2009, no 2008.
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#1441 Post by JonathanG » August 31st, 2019, 8:59 pm

I like how that dom 2 pack w/ the stems is sitting right next to the Kirkland champagne. hmm...do want DP or Costco champagne...
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#1442 Post by David Kaufman » September 1st, 2019, 1:54 pm

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That’s not a bad deal at all. Where?
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#1443 Post by Kris Patten » September 24th, 2019, 8:30 am

Haven't had much time but yesterday...

Haut Bailly 2016 $120
Cristal 2008 $230
La Grand Dame 2008 $110
Croix Beaucailloux 2016 $49
Massican Annia 2018 $26
Reserve Comtesee 2016 $44
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Re: Official Costco Thread

#1444 Post by Michael Martin » September 24th, 2019, 8:40 am

2017 Casa Silva Carménère Cuvée Colchagua $11. Great QPR if you like Carmenere.

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#1445 Post by Bryan Cottriel » September 28th, 2019, 4:12 pm

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Anyone try this?

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#1446 Post by K. Tr@n » September 28th, 2019, 6:11 pm

Bryan Cottriel wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 4:12 pm

Anyone try this?
Just had one this afternoon. I think they are sourcing from a different producer now. Less sweet compare to the previous one, but not as good as the ones they used to carry about 3 years back.
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#1447 Post by Bryan Cottriel » September 28th, 2019, 7:03 pm

I bought one and chilled it down. It’s pretty damn good for $20. I will be buying more.

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#1448 Post by Jeff P » September 30th, 2019, 7:48 am

Bryan Cottriel wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 7:03 pm
I bought one and chilled it down. It’s pretty damn good for $20. I will be buying more.
Agreed
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#1449 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » September 30th, 2019, 8:39 am

Jeff P wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 7:48 am
Bryan Cottriel wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 7:03 pm
I bought one and chilled it down. It’s pretty damn good for $20. I will be buying more.
Agreed
+1 Very good, especially for the price.

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Re: Official Costco Thread

#1450 Post by ATaylor » October 1st, 2019, 5:31 pm

Some NorCal Costco stores are carrying the 2016 Leroy Bourgogne Blanc @ $58.99
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