Smooth and round, the highly recommended Trader Joe's Reserve Napa Valley Merlot Lot 202. Merlot from Napa Valley, California. As is … [Read more...]
The Best Wines at Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's is renowned for their selection of cheap, private label wines. Unfortunately, some of it is just plain bad. There are; however, gems to be found in this sea of cheap wine and we unveil our absolute favorite picks in this giant list of the best wines at Trader Joe's. Read on for our Complete Guide to Trader Joe's wine.
From Chianti and a basic Cotes du Rhone to even Barolo, Amarone and Napa Valley Cabernet TJ's offers a little bit of everything often at prices that boggle the mind. If you've been wondering if some of those wines can possibly be good, you've come to the right place because we've tasted just about all of them. (We've also dumped a heck of a lot of them down the drain!)
The wines reviewed here are mostly private label ones, simply because these offer the best value. Cutting out the middle man with private labels is TJ's strength, both in terms of wine and their grocery products.
Because the wine names don’t always include "Trader Joe's" look for the "Trader Joe's Exclusive" sign on the shelves to identify these. The reason this is important is simply that the mass market wines sold at TJ's are usually not priced very competitively and many are just there to make the private label wines seem like a better deal. (The folks at Trader Joes are master marketers, pulling just about every trick in the book.)
For the wines that actually do include Trader Joe's on the label there a number of different "Reserve" levels to look for. From highest to lowest quality they are:
Platinum Reserve - there are not a lot of these and they don't last long, so buy them if you see them!
Grand Reserve - generally very good quality.
Reserve - quality can vary but we have a lot of good picks on our list.
Petit Reserve - can be hit or miss but we have a few recommended ones on our list below.
To make sure you always get your money's worth, keep reading for the best wines at Trader Joe's!
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A tasty Cotes du Rhone red blend in a distinctive bottle for just $7 at Trader Joe's, the Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone. A red … [Read more...]
The Casone Toscana, a tasty blend of Sangiovese and Syrah from Trader Joe's. 80% Sangiovese and 20% Syrah from Tuscany, Italy. The … [Read more...]
A delicious, drink me now pick from Napa Valley, the Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Rutherford Meritage Lot 100. A Meritage blend from … [Read more...]
Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley via Trader Joe's, the Vignobles Lacheteau Pouilly Fumé. Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly Fumé in … [Read more...]
An incredible deal for just $10, the Trader Joe's Reserve Shiraz Lot 214 from Barossa, Australia. Shiraz from Barossa, Australia. … [Read more...]
A chance to taste a wine from an exclusive area of Napa Valley at a fraction of the normal price, the Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Diamond … [Read more...]
A simply quaffable wine from Trader Joe's, the Delicious Monster. A white blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Muscat … [Read more...]
Let's get ready to rumble with our latest Trader Joe's find, we review the Rough & Ready Red Blend Petit Verdot vs. Petite Sirah. A … [Read more...]
A delightful Trader Joe's Bulk Buy that is perfect for summer, the Ile de Conas Le Rosé. A blend of 25% Grenache Gris, 25% Grenache … [Read more...]
Well worth the $10 price tag at Trader Joe's, the Cotillion Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from Monterey County (56%), Sonoma County (33%) … [Read more...]
Smooth, creamy and a bit buttery, the Butternut Chardonnay. Available widely including Trader Joe's. Chardonnay from California. The … [Read more...]