(Disclaimer: If you shop at Costco for wine, you must look up http://costcowineblog.com/, a fabulous blog about Costco wine. The following is not a post from someone who knows anything about wine.)
The last book my bookclub read was The Paris Wife, a currently popular historical novel about Ernest Hemingway's first wife and their time together in Paris. We found it provocative enough that, for our next book, we decided to read The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway's roman a clef about that time in Paris.
At our upcoming Sunday meeting, my friend Rose volunteered to provide a pseudo French meal (her term) and I volunteered to bring pseudo French bread, butter and wine.
My strategy was to buy a bottle of each kind of Kirkland brand wine I saw on my trip to SC, and then later look up the grape varieties to find out if that grape grew in France or Spain.
(In the book, Hemingway spends a great deal of time drunk in Spain, and so, seems fair to add Spanish wine.) I figured all the grape varieties probably came from France anyway.
I was surprised to find out that Zinfandel has no French origin - it's Croatian and Italian. I'm keeping that one for us. I think I can make a case for any of the others. Going to take the Cabernet Sauvignon to bookclub for sure, and probably the Medoc.