9 Best Costco Boxed Wines in 2023 [Affordable Wine in Bulk!]
Costco is king when it comes to bang for your buck, especially when you double up on the deal with something like boxed wines, which are renowned for the great value they offer.
Costco boxed wines are a guilty pleasure because they offer consistently good quality at a dirt-cheap price, making them perfect for parties and events where volume, not outright wine complexity, is the order of the day.
Our compilation of the best Costco boxed wines in 2023 has you covered when you need something palatable but don't want to break the bank. From crisp Pinot Grigio to decadent Cabernet Sauvignon, you'll find lots to love below.
9. 2020 Kirkland Signature Boxed California Cabernet Sauvignon
Priced at $13.99 for a whopping 3 liters of wine, this surprisingly juicy Cabernet Sauvignon works out at just $3.50 per 750ml bottle!
With oak and vanilla notes providing some depth, it's full-bodied with moderate tannins and a chewy mouthfeel, with a long finish of red berries.
Perfect for parties, this Kirkland Signature Boxed California Cabernet Sauvignon is highly approachable. Notes of mocha, oak, and cherry on the nose lead to flavors of raspberry, vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of plum.
This is a tasty Cabernet you can serve with bold dishes. Try it with steak, barbeque ribs, red meat stews, and mushrooms. Filet mignon, pink lamb, and crusted tuna steak with sesame sauce are ideal good pairings.
It's not going to blow you away but it's a solid Cab, especially when you factor in the incredible value on offer here.
8. La Vieja Bodega
La Vieja Bodega is a red blend of predominantly Spanish Tempranillo (it also contains Monastrell, Syrah, and Garnacha grapes). It has notes of dark red fruit, dried fruit like figs, and leather and tobacco.
A smokier red than Cabernet, La Vieja Bodega scratches that itch for something a little dryer and bolder.
On the nose, notes of dried figs, cedar, leather, and stewed cherry dominate, with flavors of leather, black cherry, strawberry, and allspice on the palate. High in acidity and tannins, this is a chewy red with robust, lasting flavors.
Lamb is the perfect food pairing, especially lamb chops and lamb burgers. You can also enjoy it with lasagna, pizza, tomato-based dishes like Spanish stew, barbecue and grilled meats, grits, polenta, and spicy Cajun and Mexican dishes.
It works out at around $6 a bottle which is fairly good value for a really easy drinking red wine.
7. Sokol Blosser Evolution Lucky No. 9 White Blend
When it comes to crowd-pleasing white boxed wine, the Sokol Blosser Evolution Lucky No. 9 White Blend is a triumph!
The grapes are all sourced from the US, centering on the regions of Washington, Oregon, and California.
The result is a distinctly flavorsome wine with dominant notes of lychee, pineapple, apple, pear, and peach on the nose and palate. Pinot Gris brings a dose of citrus, while Riesling gives it a honey and lime twist.
This is simply one of the best boxed US blends we have ever tasted. It's perfect with grilled fish, savory pastries, mature cheeses, and grilled chicken. It also works with seafood, garlic dishes, and salty snacks, making it ideal for parties.
Past vintages of the bottled version have received critical acclaim so it's great to see a boxed version at even greater discount. At around $16 for 1.5 liters, you are paying $7.5 per bottle, which really is a great deal! The cheapest I've seen the bottle online is $12 but vivino.com has the average price at $15.99 at the time of writing.
Buy, buy, buy!
6. Primo Garganega Pinot Grigio
For fans of classic Italian Pinot Grigio, this one's for you! This blend of Italian Garganega (the main grape of Soave) and Pinot Grigio grapes is produced in the mountainous Trentino region, where mineral soils impart lots of tart and citrus flavors for a wonderfully refreshing tipple.
You can expect a bouquet of citrus, green apple, and hints of pear, with flavors of lemon, apple, and a touch of peach and almond. Lively acidity and a smooth mouthfeel make this wine highly approachable and perfect for parties.
This is a versatile food wine, perfect with roast chicken, grilled white fish, oysters, and savory pastries. However, our favorite food pairing is crackers and cheese with small bites like hummus and olives. Think small, easy dishes.
5. Natural Origins Malbec
This Malbec's moderate tannins and low acidity give it a velvety texture, with a stew of blackberry, plum, and cherry on the nose and palate. It's dryer than a Cabernet and darker, delivering lip-smacking richness.
The nose offers raisin, black cherry, vanilla, and a touch of strawberry, with the palate bringing spice, cassis, and plum. Densely structured with bold tannins, it's elegant and rich in fruit, scratching the itch for something jammy.
Blue and full-flavored cheeses, ribeye, barbecue pork, venison, and fatty fish like salmon go beautifully with Malbec. It also goes well with creamy mushroom sauces, pepper, sage, and oxtail stew.
At just over $5 per bottle, this is great value Malbec that gets the nod of approval from us here at Wine Turtle.
4. 2021 Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon
The Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful case study for Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, bursting with blackcurrant, toasty vanilla, and undertones of spice. High tannins and a spicy finish give it bags of character.
This wine pours deep purple with aromas of black cassis, bay leaf, vanilla, and stewed plum. The palate has a welcome note of red cherry, and the finish is long and smooth, with leather and smoke.
We adore this box wine with duck, venison, roast beef, squab, and roasted lamb, but it also pairs well with mature cheese, mushrooms, and garlic. Look no further for a spicy Cabernet that will please most.
3. 2021 Natural Origins Cabernet Sauvignon
Produced with organic grapes from the Tupungato in the Uco Valley of Argentina, Natural Origins Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning boxed wine. Cassis, raspberry puree, and red cherry notes pop with slight hints of oak and bay leaf.
The nose is a pleasant mixture of black fruit, blossom, and oak, with blackberry, blackcurrant, red cherry, and slight minerality on the palate. It is full-bodied, but the tannins are soft and rounded, giving it a sweeter profile.
This wine works best as a sipping wine but is robust enough to complement fatty cuts of beef, lamb, veal, and pork. The soft tannins won't spoil tomato dishes, and the sweet flavors go beautifully with salty cheeses.
2. 2020 Kirkland Signature California Pinot Grigio
It's hard to imagine a better Pinot Grigio in a box than the 2020 Kirkland Signature. It explodes with citrus, apple, and pear, with hints of tropical fruit. It's dry yet fruity, with a light body and smooth flavors without any oak.
A bouquet of limes, lemons, green apples, and honeysuckle is reflected on the juicy palate, with refreshing acidity and a light mouthfeel. The finish is short, with a touch of minerality and faint honeyed notes for a sweet edge.
Chicken and seafood are perfect food pairings, but the lightness of this wine lends itself best to light pasta, risotto, gnocchi, and pizza. Crab cakes, shrimp scampi, and roasted vegetables also work well. Avoid vinaigrettes and salsas.
1. 2020 Kirkland Signature California Chardonnay
Chardonnay is the world's most popular white wine, and the 2020 Kirkland Signature California Chardonnay doesn't disappoint.
Dry and smooth with crisp acidity, it combines apple butter and honeysuckle with brioche and vanilla notes.
Low acidity and a light body give this Chardonnay epic drinkability, but the crowd-pleasing butter, brioche, pear, and oak notes steal the show. Hints of citrus, orange zest, and pie crust on the palate add complexity.
Soft and easy to drink, this wine goes best with grilled chicken, white fish, creamy cheeses, and creamy pasta. Vegetable dishes with bright, fresh flavors and shellfish seasoned with lots of black pepper and garlic also pair well.