CostCo vs. HEB – Who has cheaper wine in Austin?
As a part of our ongoing effort to find the best wine at the best price, I recently purchased a CostCo membership to check out their wine prices. This weekend, I stopped by and, I must say, these are amazing stores.
If you are not familiar with CostCo, they are kind of like a high-end Sam’s Club. They sell big lots and overstocked items they buy in bulk. They also have a house label, Kirkland Signature.
On this visit the wines available were mostly mid-range wines (under $25). They do have some high end wines, but only Dom Perignon seems to be consistently available, and it must be their loss leader. The wine is available at CostCo for $140, which is less than wholesale.
Two everyday wines of note at CostCo were the Care Rosé at $7.49 and the Pascual Toso 2006 Malbec at $8.99. Parker gave the rosé 90 points, and it looks like a Parker wine. The wine was given 24 hours skin contact, making it the darkest rosé of the season, and it has lots of structure and more body than most rosés. I like this wine. It might be a little big for some foods such as grilled shrimp or white fish, but it goes great with a hamburger.
The ‘06 Malbec from Toso is one of our favorite wines of the summer and a good value. It is interesting to note that you can get the Toso ‘06 Malbec at local HEBs for the same bottle price. If you are looking for more than one bottle, HEB is currently offering a 10% discount if you buy 6 or more bottles, making the case price at HEB lower than the bottle price at CostCo.
If you have a CostCo membership, be sure to check-out the wines when you shop there, but remember to compare wine prices. Just because you pay someone 50 bucks a year to shop at their store does not mean they are always going to offer the best price.
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