Saturday, November 23, 2013
It's been a while since we did our weekly grocery shopping at Trader Joe's, but we did today and I was reminded what a fun place it is. Especially when you haven't shopped there in a while. And especially at the holidays.
The wine assortment hasn't changed much the past few years - other than the vintages. They always bring in a few higher end wines at the holidays but for the most part I'd avoid anything over $20 at Trader Joe's. See: Is Trader Joe's a good place to buy wine?
I saw a bunch of shoppers wandering the wine section asking the folks stocking the shelves which wines were best. The wine area at Trader Joe's is a pretty fun environment - probably because the worst thing that can happen is you spend $5 on a wine that's not very good.
I zipped around and picked up a few favorites but I thought it would be helpful to share one guy's opinion on this subject for people who might be standing in the store or doing a quick Google search on the best wines to buy at Trader Joe's. If you're looking for luscious, fruit forward crowd-pleasers, here are some of my favorites:
Best Wines to Buy at Trader Joe's - slideshows
If the slideshow fails to embed or you want to get straight to the list, here are the 8 recommended wines in the slideshow:
- Castaño Monastrell - $6.99 (best $7 wine on the planet? I think so)
- Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet - $7.99 (back with a vengance in 2011 - sooo good)
- Dr. L Riesling $9.99 (SOLID German Riesling)
- Apothic Red $8.99 (luscious and delicious)
- Chariot Gypsy - $4.99 (also luscious and delicious - with a bit of sweetness - and extremely affordable)
- Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier $10.49 (gorgeous - aromatically and otherwise)
- Trentatre Rosso $5.99 (incredibly well put together and approachable for an Italian red)
- Cocobon Red $7.99 (light and juicy with streaks of mocha)
- Avoid: Blue Fin Petite Sirah - $3.99 (gives Petite Sirah a bad name)
- Avoid: L'Authentique French Red - $4.99 (thin and bitter. worst wine ever?)
- Avoid: Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc $6.99 (so disappointing)
- Avoid: Hangtime Bourgogne - $6.99 (watery and devoid of flavor)
And remember Jason's Wine Blog? He hasn't posted lately but I did catch one recommendation from him. If a guy has had a year to think about one wine to buy at Trader Joe's it must be good:
@RobertDwyer Wish I had the time. Still think about what I would write often. Latest from TJ's is Valley of Moon Pinot Blanc. Good for $7Further Reading:
— jasonswineblog (@jasonswineblog) November 17, 2013
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Question of the Day: What are some of the best/worst wines you've found at Trader Joe's lately?