Costco is synonymous with bulk retailer. Huge vats of ketchup, giant packs of toilet paper, and even huge containers of hand cream. But what people often overlook is the increasing array of quality wine and food you can get at Costco.
Recently we threw a dinner and wine party that we were, to our surprise, able to do with only a single “Costco run” (our term for going to Costco for supplies). Back in the refrigerated meat section we were able to drum up healthy portions of turkey breast cutlets marinated in white wine sauce. Over in the beef section we grabbed a red pepper seasoned Tri-tip steak. Both of these required only 20 to 30 minutes of cooking on the Weber and then serve.
A trip to the wine section reveals not only bulk wines (because this is, after all, a bulk retailer) but an array of premium white and red wines. To go with the Tri-tip – Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Syrah 2000 for $26.99 a bottle and Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel 2000 for $22.99 a bottle. Not bad bottles of wine and both of which we had tried with steaks before so we pretty much figured they’d go over well. And to go with the Turkey breast – a perennial Vivi’s favorite – La Crema Chardonnay. Since the preparation of the turkey breast wasn’t the traditional “Thanksgiving” version with alot of sweet flavors we decided a solid Chardonnay from a consistent winery would suffice. And wouldn’t you know it, Costco had it there for a reasonable $13.
Most people never think to go to Costco to stock up for a dinner and wine party, maybe a BBQ or pool party, but not dinner and wine. Well our advice is to snap out of it. Costco has some good values on premium wines. They go so far as to carry wines that Wine Spectator classifies as “classics” (95 or above) – Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild, not some of Vivi’s picks at $140 and $130 a bottle but rated 96 and 94 respectively in Wine Spectator!
The wine category has been successful enough for Costco to launch a Shiraz under its own label for under $10 a bottle. We haven’t tried it yet so we’ll hold back on a recommendation, but it just shows the momentum wine has at Costco.
All-in-all you really need to consider making a Costco run for your next dinner party. The Tri-tip and Turkey with wine went over really well at the party. Compliments all around from everyone there.
Who would have thought that even Costco is making it easy to Enjoy the Wine Life!