Why You Should Always Buy Wine at Costco

Costco really does have the best of everything.

It’s pretty common to stock up on toilet paper and food at Costco, but there’s another thing you should start buying at the famous warehouse chain: wine. You wouldn’t expect a store that’s famous for their $1.50 hot dogs to also have a knack for wine, but they’re actually the largest retailer of wine in the United States.

The amazing thing about Costco is that they are able to keep the markup—the difference between the wholesale price and the retail price— low on all of their products since they have such a successful business model. Because of the low markup, you can find high-quality wine for under $20 a bottle. It’s important to take note of the labels. A restaurant could be advertising a $46 bottle of wine that goes for $9.99 at Costco.

On top of having prices that can’t be beaten, they put a lot of thought and effort into which wines they sell. They employee a lead wine buyer that travels to tastings in regions famous for their wine, such as Bordeaux, France. They make sure to pick high-quality brands and ingredients that they know their customers will like. They even put a lot of thought into what the labels of their Kirkland brand wines look like. These are the best Kirkland items you should always buy at Costco.

So, the next time you go Costco, make sure to stock up on some wine for your next party. If you find one that you like, grab all the bottles you can—the store is constantly stocking new options to give their customers a wide variety of choices. Next, read about these secrets Costco sample employees won’t tell you.

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