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We’re trying one wine each day from Costco’s “Hello Summer Wine Sampler 2021,” which contains 12 unique wines (each in a 375ml bottle). Today is Day 4 (of 12) of the wine sampler and it is a red wine blend from Italy called Sweet Red (2020).
See below for our thoughts on Costco’s Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2021)’s Sweet Red (2020).
What’s the Costco Wine Sampler (2021)?
Meant to celebrate friends, sun and summer fun, Costco’s “Hello Summer Wine Sampler 2021” contains 12 wines: 5 white wines, 4 red wines and 3 rosé wines. See the link below for more details about this amazing wine sampler.
Our Review of the Sweet Red (2020)
Type of Wine
This is a red wine blend.
How and when to drink / taste
The Sweet Red has flavors of “dark fruits [and] kitchen spices, with a succulent, juicy undercurrent,” and cherry, blackberry, licorice and vanilla notes (according to Costco). When we tasted this, we either loved it or did not prefer it. Some of our taste testers loved the sweeter flavors of this wine which made it definitely more drinkable and enjoyable. Others felt that the blatantly sweetness of this red blend was too cloying and made it hard to drink by itself.
The maker of the Sweet Red suggests pairing this wine with roast beef, duck in a cherry sauce, Gorgonzola cheese, lasagna, sautéed mushrooms, or butternut squash with kale.
The Costco’s Hello Wine Sampler (2021) is $49.99, which is around $4.00 per 375ml bottle of wine.
It seems as though one cannot buy this wine outside of the Costco wine sampler; let us know in the comments if you find out otherwise though. As a result, if you want to try this wine, buy the Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2021) at your local Costco.
What is Costco?
Costco is a “[global] membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise” (as mentioned on the official company website). It has a wide selection of merchandise (from clothes to food to books), specialty departments and exclusive member services, all for amazing prices and value especially as it sells products in bulk (we’re looking at you Kirkland 30 rolls of toilet paper). For more information, see more Costco’s company website.
The Bottom Line
We rated the Sweet Red (2020) from Costco’s Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2021) 3.0 Stars (out of 5)!
Our taste testing team was split on this wine. This wine has nuances of dark fruits and berries, but what was “controversial” was the actual sweetness of the wine: this sweetness was either just right or just too much. It is suggested that this Sweet Red should be paired with roast beef, duck in a cherry sauce, Gorgonzola cheese, lasagna, sautéed mushrooms, or butternut squash with kale.
Grab a box of Costco’s Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2021) and let us know what you think about the Sweet Red (2020).
Stay tuned for other posts on our reviews of each of the 12 wines inside Costco’s Hello Wine Sampler (2021)!