Who doesn’t love wine country at harvest time? The fall festivals and grape stomps are in abundance, the leaves are turning colors, and friends are tucking in-to dinner parties and family gatherings.
If you are looking for an excuse to bring your favorite friends to your dinner table, we can think of no better way than through the magical combination of Wine Country and Costco’s Kirkland Signature products.
Wine Country Harvest Party
For this backyard fest, we curated organic touches of salt rock candelabras, air plants, and jute linens in contrast with bright copper mugs to capture the warmth of our fall evenings.
For your own party, grab some hay bales from Western Farms, corn stalks and pumpkins from Imwalle’s, and have fun with it! Wine country loves to embrace casual chic once in a while, and a sweet nod to our country roots, with some bohemian touches, is just the way to celebrate our harvest.
One of our favorite things about Kirkland Signature and Costco, is their passionate work with local businesses-highlighting fantastic products and companies around each of their warehouses. There’s nothing better for a busy mama than Costco because it combines our favorite local products with budget friendly prices. From wine to cheese, Kirkland Signature is one of our favorite go-to options to Keep It Simple and Go Local.
Kirkland Signature: Wine Country’s Favorite Products
Local for instance, like these precious babies. (Yes, precious babies.) These two wines are from our favorite little wine country counties: Napa and Sonoma. These Kirkland Signature wines are straight from our neck of the woods.
Kirkland Signature: Russian River Chardonnay 2014
This Russian River Chardonnay is born from the same hallowed soil as favorites like Iron Horse and Merry Edwards, and at $12.99 beats out a lot of worthy adversaries. It’s delightfully crisp, dry, and pairs perfectly with our artichoke and pesto aioli appetizer. (In fact, we steamed the artichokes using a little of the wine.)
Kirkland Signature: Napa Cabernet 2013
There’s a reason Napa is renowned for the perfect Cabernet, and Kirkland Signature represents our home well. This Cab is a blend of grapes from our favorite Napa vintners but for a distinctly not-Napa price ($19.99). Comparable bottles of local Cab range from $60-$90 (we should know, we’ve tasted them). While delightfully drinkable now, (inky, deep bodied, perfection) this cab is still young enough to sit in your library for a year (or two, or three).
We paired the Cabernet with a fantastic free-range Kirkland Signature Tri-tip and Kirkland Signature mesquite-seasoned sweet potato fries
(Pesto Seasoned) Kirkland Signature Free Range Tri-Tip
In wine country- we love sustainable farming practices, and love that Costco carries a wide variety of organic or free-range meat products. Tri-tip is about as California as you can get, a cut of meat that likely hails from the Santa Maria region of ranches. It’s great for grilling or roasting, and is perfect for groups, thus making a popular party food for many backyards in wine country. The Kirkland Signature free range tri-tip surpasses all expectations in taste; you can get two tri-tips for only about twenty dollars.
Kirkland Signature Seasonings
One of our favorite aisles to shop is the spices and seasonings section. From fresh cracked peppercorn to Himalayan pink sea salt, this is the aisle for every foodie mama looking to kick it up a notch in the kitchen. For our sweet potatoes, we used the delightful Kirkland Signature Mesquite seasoning with a little brown sugar; it paired well with the tri-tip, and stood up to the bold Napa Cab.
Kirkland Signature Three Berry Blend and Vanilla Ice Cream
In our home, we want our splurge on ice cream to be as natural as possible, and free of weird random ingredients. But that often means we’re looking at $7 for a pint at traditional markets. Not at Costco, where their double pack of Kirkland Signature Ice Cream is practically still mooing, and yet only $10. Pair that with a berry crisp made from Kirkland Signature’s frozen three berry blend? Match made in Heaven, friends.
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We know it’s starting to dump buckets on us all right now, but sincerely hope that you get out there when the sun is shining again, and enjoy this delightful fall harvest party of classic California recipes and fantastic Kirkland products.
Sonoma County Moms Blog + Costco Mom Hour Event…This November!
Who :: All North Bay Moms (and their friends, and their kids! Dads welcome!)
When :: Friday, November 4 | 9:00 – 10:00am
Where :: 300 Vintage Way, Novato, California 94945
Special extras :: At the event, you can expect light refreshments and coffee, as well as samples galore throughout the store! The first 100 moms in line will also receive a swag bag full of Kirkland goodies … and during the event there will be some fun giveaways to win as well! There will also be friendly staff members on hand for guided tours and questions.
Why :: In partnership with City Moms Blog Network, almost 100 Costco stores are opening up an hour early JUST FOR MOMS! This is your chance to shop for an hour without the masses OR – if you are not yet a member – come see what the Costco fuss is all about. Note :: you do need to be a member in order to make a purchase, but you can browse for free either way!
Cost :: FREE
RSVP :: Join our Facebook group for updated information and register below (you MUST register in advance to secure your attendance!)
Consider signing up with our amazing discount, whether or not you can attend! Registration is open now and you can get there by following the link (in the confirmation page), signing up, printing it and redeeming in the warehouse. You may redeem it any time between October 14 and November 4th, and if you redeem early, you won’t have any lines to wait in at our event!