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Re: Best Wine For the Buck
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2018, 09:49:57 PM »
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Re: Best Wine For the Buck
« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2018, 03:21:36 AM »
costco usually has a pretty good price to quality ratio.  selection varies dramatically by store, but i can usually find a bottle or two that are to my taste.

trader joes does not curate for quality, they sell some good wines, but also lots of complete swill.  if you find one you like though, the price will usually be pretty good.

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Re: Best Wine For the Buck
« Reply #32 on: November 28, 2018, 04:23:18 AM »
The Reverse Wine Snob https://www.reversewinesnob.com/ does a good job of reviewing wines that cost less than $20.  It has continuing recommendations for wines from Costco & Trader Joe's. Buy a group of singles of some of these, figure our which ones you like, then load up on the favorites. A quick & easy way to become a junior wine expert.

The reverse wine snob looks pretty good, I have tried several wines he recommended and for example the Kenwood / Jack London Cabernet is outstanding. I like most of the Jack London wines from Kenwood vineyards and I can recommend to put yourself on their mailing list - thrynsent out good offers 2-3 times a year with low or no cost shipping and decent discounts. I could get the bottle of Cabernet that was listed for $20 as the lowest price in the US for less shipped to my house recently.

When I lived in CA, the vineyard was just a few miles from my house, so I am partial to them.
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Re: Best Wine For the Buck
« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2018, 02:25:32 PM »
One thing I might add to this very important discussion from a slightly different perspective is that it can actually make a lot of sense to get some excellent glassware.  I used to scoff at this type of thing, but I changed my mind after someone gave me a pair of Zalto glasses and I did A/B tests with a few bottles of wine from Costco that I normally consume.  Boy did they make a difference.  By my estimate, switching glasses (from some generic ones) alone made the wine taste at least 30% better.  So for me the payoff was like > $5 per bottle and > $260 per year.  Now of course I got them for free, but even if I had paid the seemingly high retail price of $60-100 per glass, the IRR from “investing in” these glasses would have been excellent.

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Re: Best Wine For the Buck
« Reply #34 on: November 28, 2018, 02:35:08 PM »
I've seen Costco mentioned a few times and actually concur. I'm not positive about their wine, so I'll take others at their word here, but do know that Costco liquor is a sensational bargain. Their vodka is essentially Gray Goose for 1/3 the price, and I was shocked to find out that the Kirkland Scotch is Macallan 18 just private label. More or less Costco has a contract with Macallan where they buy the excess, and that is then sold as Kirkland 18. You can pay $160 for the Macallan, or $60 for Kirkland...

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Re: Best Wine For the Buck
« Reply #35 on: November 28, 2018, 04:57:39 PM »
One thing I might add to this very important discussion from a slightly different perspective is that it can actually make a lot of sense to get some excellent glassware.  I used to scoff at this type of thing, but I changed my mind after someone gave me a pair of Zalto glasses and I did A/B tests with a few bottles of wine from Costco that I normally consume.  Boy did they make a difference.  By my estimate, switching glasses (from some generic ones) alone made the wine taste at least 30% better.  So for me the payoff was like > $5 per bottle and > $260 per year.  Now of course I got them for free, but even if I had paid the seemingly high retail price of $60-100 per glass, the IRR from “investing in” these glasses would have been excellent.

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