These Are the Best Wines You Can Buy at Costco

Need to stock up on wine? Then you may want to head to Costco. While there are a few things you should never buy from the warehouse store, wine definitely isn’t one of them. In fact, Costco usually prices its wine at about 20% below its competition, which can translate into major savings for you. And you can actually buy your wine at Costco even if you don’t have a membership to the warehouse store.

Wine selection varies by store. But to figure out which wine you should consider the next time you go to Costco, we took a look at a variety of recommendations and rankings to find the best budget-friendly wines on the shelves of the warehouse store.

Below, check out the best wines you don’t want to miss the next time you head to Costco. And don’t miss our tips for scoring the best deals on your favorite bottles at Costco.

1. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2016

Woodbridge-Robert-Mondavi-Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi is known for its affordable and tasty wines. | Costco UK

  • Type: Chardonnay
  • Approximate price: $7.59

Dave McIntyre, a wine columnist for The Washington Post, reports that many of the cheap wines available at Costco (and at other popular retailers) are actually great, despite their low price tags. One good example? Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi 2016, a Chardonnay you can often find at Costco. According to the Post, this Chardonnay tastes “Clean and minerally, crisp and light, with peach and pear flavors and a good balance of acid and sweetness.”

Next: You don’t want to miss this classic Chardonnay.

2. Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2016

Robert Mondavi Private Selection-Chardonnay

This one is more classic California. | Costco UK

  • Type: Chardonnay
  • Approximate price: $11.69

Another Chardonnay that comes recommended by the Post? Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2016. McIntyre refers to this wine as “richer and fatter on the palate, with some oak influence, good medium depth and length.” And if you don’t know how to decide between this bottle and the Woodbridge, the Post also has some advice. “While the Woodbridge appeals to the more modern preference for less oak, this one has a classic California chardonnay style.”

Next: This refreshing wine is a steal. 

3. Santa Rita 120 2015

Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon

It goes great with a burger. | Costco UK

  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Approximate price: $9

Looking for red wine instead of white? McIntyre at The Washington Post also recommends Santa Rita 120 2015. According to the publication, this wine “shows bright fruit flavors of berries and cherries, and is quite refreshing. Good burger wine, good bargain cabernet.”

Next: This wine is a ‘perennial favorite.’

4. Cousiño-Macul 2015

Cousiño-Macul 2015

The bottle is slowly creeping up in price, but is still a bargain. | Shop Rite

  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Approximate price: $10.69

The Post also recommends Cousiño-Macul 2015, which you can often find on the shelves at Costco. McIntyre characterizes this bottle as “A perennial favorite, even if it is creeping up in price. It shows a fresh nose of black and red fruits, with a smoky, tarry note and excellent body.”

Next: This delicious wine comes from a Chilean winery.

5. Los Vascos 2015 Colchagua Valley

Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon

The owners also have vineyards in Bordeaux. | Costco UK

  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Approximate price: $10

Want another option among Costco’s many options for Cabernet Sauvignon? The Post also recommends Los Vascos 2015 Colchagua Valley. McIntyre explains of this wine, “From a Chilean winery owned by Baron Lafite, the owners of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux, this shows classic blackberry and cherry with mint, sage and rosemary.”

Next: This budget-friendly wine tastes fresh and citrusy.

6. 2016 Kirkland Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Kirkland-Sauvignon-Blanc

The wine is fresh and citrusy. | Costco UK

  • Type: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Approximate price: $6.99

Similarly, Bloomberg wine critic Elin McCoy sampled some of the wine sold at Costco, focusing on the wines sold under the store’s own Kirkland brand. Out of the seven that McCoy tried, two got her approval. One of those is the 2016 Kirkland Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. McCoy describes this wine as “Fresh and citrusy, it’s a little rounder (and better) than New Zealand examples at twice the price. (Yes, there is a Ti Point winery in New Zealand.)”

Next: This bottle can serve as your ‘everyday red.’

7. 2014 Kirkland Signature Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Costco Wine racks

There are so many Costco wines to choose from. | Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Approximate price: $9.89

The other Kirkland wine that got McCoy’s approval? The 2014 Kirkland Signature Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. She characterizes this bottle as “a solid everyday red.” She adds that “For under $10, it really delivers, with dark fruit and earth flavors.”

Next: This bottle is the perfect choice when you’re throwing a party.

8. Kirkland Signature Champagne Brut

Kirkland-Champagne

The champagne is bubbly and dry. | Costco UK

  • Type: Brut Champagne
  • Approximate price: $20
 If what you’re really looking for is the right bottle to stock up on for a party, Southern Living has your back. The magazine talked to the experts at CostcoWineBlog.com to discover their picks for party-ready wines at the warehouse store. Andrew Cullen, editor and founder of the blog, points to Costco’s Kirkland Signature Champagne Brut as the perfect choice for a party. He cites its dry, bubbly flavor, plus its value. “When it comes to the Kirkland label, in our 100+ reviews of Kirkland wines over the years, we generally find them to be outstanding values,” he explains.
Next: Stock up on this variety from California.

9. Paul Dolan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Paul-Dolan-Cabernet

It’s hard to find a better cabernet in this price point. | Paul Dolan Vineyards

  • Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Approximate price: $15

Next up on Southern Living’s list? Paul Dolan Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon. The publication reports, “It’ll be hard to find a better California cabernet for under $15.” Plus, the magazine notes that the Costco Wine Blog’s reviewers gave the wine’s flavorful, medium-plus body 90 points.”

Next: Don’t miss this Spanish wine.

10. 2011 Kirkland Signature Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva

Kirkland-Signature-Rivera-Del-Guero

It’s a ‘must buy’ at Costco. | Costco UK

  • Type: Ribera del Duero
  • Approximate price: $12.99

Cullen tells Southern Living that Costco’s own Kirkland Signature Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva 2011. The magazine explains that “Gran Reserva” serves as a classification in the world of Spanish wines. It signifies that the bottles have been aged for a specified amount of time and in a certain way by the winery, before they become available to the public. Cullen characterizes this bottle as one of the best Kirkland wines he’s ever had, and Southern Living refers to it as “a must-buy” if you find it at your local Costco.

Next: You’ll want to stock up on this French wine. 

11. 2016 Kirkland Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages

Kirkland-Cotes-Du-Rhone

It has great flavor for less than $7! | Costco UK

  • Type: Côtes du Rhône
  • Approximate price: $6.99

Another favorite that Southern Living recommends? The 2016 Kirkland Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages. Though this low-priced wine costs less than $10 per bottle, Southern Living promises that it “delivers incredible flavor. Its smooth, spicy taste pairs well with food. You’ll want to stock up on this one.”

Next: You can easily pair this variety with food.

12. Complicated Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

Complicated-Chardonay

It’s great for parties! | Shop Wine Direct

  • Type: Chardonnay
  • Approximate price: $15.99

Southern Living also has a recommendation for shoppers who prefer white wine: Complicated’s Chardonnay Sonoma Coast. The magazine characterizes this bottle as “food-friendly,” and reports that if you stock up on it for a party, “Guests will love its balanced oaky, floral flavors.”

Next: Here’s what you need to know about Costco’s price tags.

Here’s what Costco’s price tags on wine actually mean

Check the change. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

When you shop for wine at Costco, you probably have a budget in mind. But you can get the best deal by looking out for some clues on the price tags. As Southern Living learned, it’s a good sign to see an asterisk on the top right corner of the wine pricing tag. That means that the wine is a clearance item — so “high on the value side” — and won’t be restocked. So stock up! If the price of the wine ends in $0.97, that’s a markdown from the original price. And if you see a price ending in $0.49 or $0.79, that means Costco negotiated a special price with the producer. So these wines are often a great deal, too.

Next: Here’s what to do when you find a good deal.

If you see something you like, pounce

shopping cart

If you like it, get as many as you can. | andykatz/iStock/Getty Images

The Daily Meal reports that if you see wine that you love at a great deal at Costco, you should buy as much as you can right then and there. Like other items at Costco, wine can disappear quickly. That can make finding a specific bottle — like the ones listed above — difficult to accomplish. But it also gives you plenty of opportunities to see new varieties and try things that appeal to you. You can stock up on your favorites, or buy a single bottle of something you’ve always wanted to try.

Next: Become an even smarter shopper with this insider tip.

Don’t be afraid to dig

Don’t be afraid to really search. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Additionally, The Daily Meal reports that you shouldn’t shy away from digging through the bins at Costco. The reason why? “Unlike many wine retailers, Costco will stock different vintages of the same wine in the same bin.” That actually gives you a really great opportunity, as a bottle from a great growing year could be sitting right under one from an inferior year. If you know what vintages you like, you can score a great deal that not everybody is even looking for. Plus, Costco stocks extra bottles under the wooden bins. So if you find something you like and want to stock up, it doesn’t hurt to check if there’s any extra stock.

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