If you have a Costco membership, you’ve no doubt passed a giant section of Cameron Hughes Wine. After you read this, you’re going to want to pay more attention to it. You can’t tell by the label, but these wines are an unbelievable value for what they are.
Basically, Cameron Hughes is a négociant. He buys overstock wine from prestigious wineries, bottles them under the Cameron Hughes label, and resells them at a steep discount. Especially with the recession, wineries aren’t moving $100 Cabernet Sauvignons, for example, like they used to. Rather than sell this oversupply to bulk wine producers at excruciatingly low prices and possibly diluting all that goodness, Cameron Hughes swoops in. He resells these $100 Cabernets Sauvignons (and other varietals, obviously) in small lots for say $25. Yes, that means you are getting a $100 Cabernet Sauvignon for $25. Some of his wines are as low as $11 per bottle.
The thing is, these wines are sold in small lots, which is why there are lot numbers on each value. You may see lot 200 at Costco today (which I’m told is incredible), but it may be gone tomorrow. You also won’t know which wineries the wines originate from. But that’s ok, right?
I sampled a variety of Cameron Hughes wines at an event organized by the fabulous Romy Raves at McCormick and Schmick’s (inside the Omni hotel) restaurant in downtown San Diego. Each wine we tasted was excellent and we were blown away by the pricing. Not to mention, the restaurant really put thought into food pairings. Have a look at this salmon in a cone. I took the photo with my iPhone and did not get a great shot, unfortunately.
Anyway, the moral of the story is if you see Cameron Hughes wine, don’t let the plain label fool you. There is a great value inside. Jill Agosti was at this Cameron Hughes event and is available at certain San Diego Costco stores to answer any questions and point you in the right direction.