School’s out! At Chateau Reed, this means lazy mornings, backyard s’mores and grilling, sandy beach days, and star-gazing late nights. Like so many Orange County parents, I stock the house and prep for these days with a haul from Costco—loading up on sunscreen, snacks, and barbecue fixings. Though I prefer to buy wine locally, I’m all for throwing a few bottles in the cart when these reds beckon from Costco shelves:
CDR, Cotes Du Rhone, 2010—$6 (no joke). I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found this Old World blend of syrah, grenache, and cinsault, with a bit of bottle age, for a mere pittance. Produced by famed winemaker Henri Milan from old bush vines on the right bank of the Rhone River in Southern France, this is wine to buy by the case.
Terra d’Oro Zinfandel, Amador County, 2013—$11. My husband bought this wine to accompany his famed grilled steaks on Mother’s Day. We have purchased it weekly since, sharing it with softball friends post-tournament, and toasting each other when the kids are finally in bed and we get the remote.
Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Kirkland Signature—$8. This is our go-to Mimosa mixer. Our kids know it is Sunday, when they here our coffee cups hit the bottom of the sink and the cork pops on this Italian sparkler. We love ESPN-filled late Sunday mornings with a huge brunch and Mimosas galore.
Costco often carries different wines at each location. I purchased these at the Cabot Road and Crown Valley store in Laguna Niguel, 27972 Cabot Road, Laguna Niguel, 949-364-0217.