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Thursday, April 5, 2018

At this Costco, you'll find Spanish sangria for $3.50 bottle and a tequila for $399.99

A GLASS OF WINE WITH DINNER: This week, I've been enjoying a 2014 Chianti Classico and a 2013 Rioja Reserva from the Kirkland Signature label that I bought at the Costco Wholesale in Wayne. The Rabbit-brand rubber wine stoppers keep both red wines fresh.


-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

Only two Costco Wholesales in New Jersey have a state liquor license and sell private-label Kirkland Signature wines and spirits, and one of them is in Wayne.

At the members-only warehouse off of Route 23 in Wayne Towne Center, you can find everything from Spanish sangria to European wines to French champagne to fine tequilas.

Like most -- but not all -- Costco items sold under the Kirkland Signature house label, the still and sparkling wines offer high quality and good value.

The Edison warehouse also has a state liquor license and a Costco-run liquor section inside the warehouse, as opposed to a liquor store with a separate entrance run by a third party.

That Costco also happens to be on Vineyard Road in Edison. 

Here is a video I made in the Wayne Costco's liquor section that explores the variety of wines and spirits sold there.




RED WINE AND SUSHI ROLLS: The Rioja Reserva from Spain went well with Spicy Tuna & Spicy Crab Rolls I bought in the cafe at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. At another meal, I had a glass of the Chianti Classico with a slice of Costco's 18-inch Veggie Combo Pizza and a salad of organic spring mix.
VALENCIA ORANGE ESSENCE: A 1.5-liter bottle of Kirkland Signature Sangria was $6.99 at the Wayne Costco or the equivalent of about $3.50 a bottle.
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH: A bottle of Kirkland Signature 18-year Speyside Single Malt Scotch was $54.79.
FROM TUSCANY: A bottle of Kirkland Signature Chianti Classico was $8.49.
FROM SPAIN: A bottle of Rioja Reserva was $6.99.