Our latest Trader Joe's find is a Portuguese red blend, the Vinha da Fonte Reserva from Casa Ermelinda Freitas. A blend of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Castelao, 20% Syrah, 20% Touriga Nacional and 10% Alicante Bouschet from Peninsula de Setubal in southern Portugal. The … [Read more...]
Trader Joe's Wine! 2022 Guide To 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 Joes. 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. Their selection goes way beyond Two Buck Chuck!
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 middleman with private labels is Trader Joe's strength, both in terms of wine and their grocery products.
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Because the wine names don’t always include "Trader Joe's" in them 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.
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 - Priced at $14.99, there are not a lot of these and they don't last long. The quality is normally quite high so consider buying them if you see them.
Grand Reserve - Priced at $12.99, this used to be Trader Joes top of the line label before the introduction of Platinum Reserve. These are still generally very good quality.
Reserve - Priced at $9.99. The quality can vary but there are some true gems to be found here.
Petit Reserve - Priced around $7.99, these can be hit or miss but we have a few recommended selections on our list below.
There is also an elusive Diamond Reserve priced at $19.99 but to date we've only seen this label on a handful of wines.
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 mouthful of luscious tropical fruit, citrus and honey, we review the Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. … [Read more...]
Revisiting the Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, an old $5 favorite from Trader Joe's. But does it still measure up? There's no information given from Trader Joe's but this is a DOC wine so according to the rules for Montepulciano d'Abruzzo it must be at least 85% … [Read more...]
Another fine find from down under via Trader Joe's, the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Barossa Shiraz Lot 109. Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia. … [Read more...]
Another consistently good Trader Joe's pick, the Pontificis GSM. 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre from Languedoc-Roussillon, France. It has 7 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A sweeter and jammier version of another popular GSM blend from Trader Joe's, we review the Ténèbres GSM. 34% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre from France. The wine has 9.5 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
Highly refreshing for just $4.99 from Trader Joe's, the Emma Reichart Pinot Noir Rosé. A Pinot Noir rosé wine from Germany. … [Read more...]
We review the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Lot 105 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir to find out if it measures up. Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley of California. … [Read more...]
A delightful Trader Joe's Bulk Buy that is perfect for summer, we review that latest vintage of the Ile de Conas Le Rosé. A blend of 25% Grenache Gris, 25% Grenache Noir, 20% Caladoc, 15% Pinot Gris and 15% Cinsault from the south of France. Each varietal was vinified … [Read more...]
An earthy Pinot Noir from Trader Joe's for just $10, the Caretaker Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley. Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, California. The wine is aged in French oak for an unspecified amount of time. … [Read more...]
Yet another bargain Pinot Noir, the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir Lot #23. Pinot Noir from Carneros, California. The wine is aged in oak barrels for 10 months. … [Read more...]
A smooth, easy drinking Paso Cab, the Caretaker Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon from Trader Joe's. Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California. The wine is aged on 20% new French oak. … [Read more...]
A nice, inexpensive Cotes du Rhone from Trader Joe's, we review the Vignobles de la Vallee du Rhone Collection Rhone. A red blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 15% Syrah from Cotes du Rhone, France. … [Read more...]
A good buy for the inexpensive, slightly sweet and oaky red blend lovers, the Moon X Red Wine from Trader Joe's. A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel from California. … [Read more...]
Your daily drinking options just got better, the $6.99 Trader Joe's Badet Clement Revelation Cabernet-Merlot Pays d'Oc red blend. Bulk Buy! A red blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot from France. … [Read more...]
This $10 Trader Joe's exclusive gets our unanimous approval, the Tribunal Red Wine from the North Coast of California. A blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Grenache and Petit Verdot from the North Coast of California. Neither Trader Joe's nor the … [Read more...]
It's back and plenty good! We check out the latest vintage of the Trader Joe's Reserve Paso Robles Syrah Lot 100. Syrah from Paso Robles, California. The 2019 vintage doesn't give any more specificity on the varietal mix but previous vintages also included some Petit … [Read more...]
Revisiting a Trader Joe's classic after many years leaves us unimpressed, but can the low cost make up for it? The Chariot Gypsy red blend. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varieties (including some Mega Purple I'm sure) from California. … [Read more...]
A smooth Merlot from Trader Joe's, the Chateau Haut Claribes Bordeaux Superieur. Primarily Merlot from Bordeaux, France. The wine has 2 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
A pleasing Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe's, the Sauvignon de Seguin Bordeaux White. 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and has just 0.3 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]
While the name has evolved over the years the wine itself is still a Trader Joe's top pick! The La Sonriente Garnacha from the Calatayud. Garnacha from Calatayud, Spain. … [Read more...]
Bulk Buy again! It's a new vintage of the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Napa Valley Meritage Lot 86. A Meritage (red blend) of Bordeaux varietals from Napa Valley, California. … [Read more...]
A cool label, but is the wine worth the cost? The soft, smooth and sweet Paso Dragon Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California. No further info is given on the production of this wine. … [Read more...]
Perfectly acceptable Pinot Noir but is it really worthy of the Platinum Reserve label? The Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, California. … [Read more...]