I've noticed on my past couple of visits that my local Costco in the Marina del Rey/Culver City area of California has actually been offering some pretty dear stuff - stuff that I usually associate with more serious artisnal efforts.
Joseph Carr Merlot was had in the wine department last week - all gone now. I don't recall the exact price, but I think it was around $12. Today, I was in the market for cheese. I had to go to Costco to pick up some bulk stuff, and was planning on heading to our local WF to pick up some cheese preferably from Marin County. Costco's cheese selection is lightyears better than a few years ago, but still, one expects to see relatively basic versions of some cheeses and others from sources I've never heard of before. I scanned the section and among the giant brie wheels and huge wedges parm regg I spotted some bleu cheese wedges with the label of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. Yes, I know I can get this at places like Whole Foods and Bristol Farms, but Costco? IMHO, that's a very reputable artisan cheese company.
Has anyone else found little hidden artisan gems in their local Costco?