Costco or Sam’s Club for wine?

April 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Sources: Consumer Reports. Costco vs. Sam’s Club: New reasons to join or switch. May 2007. And Wall Street Journal. Costco Cabernets. By Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher. Nov 15, 2008.

Which is the best place to buy wine, Costco or Sam’s Club?

Costco has higher-end wines, even $1,750 bottles of Château Cheval Blanc Premier Grand Cru Classé. It sells more wine than any other store in the U.S.  Sam’s Club is trying to catch up, but still lags behind. Prices are reasonable at both stores, but Sam’s sells primarily lower-end wines, while Costco sells wines in all price ranges.

WSJ wine writers bought every American-made Cabernet in both stores (40 different types)  and did a blind tast test. Their conclusions: most were lackluster. However, their criticisms were as much about the state of American Cabernets as they were about these stores.

Overall recommendations are that both stores have good wines and good bargains, but you’re mostly on your own in making your purchase decisions.


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