Trader Joe's WINE GUIDE
ALRIGHT FRIENDS. The wine guide that I’ve been promising you is finally here!! I KNOW ITS ALOT, so bear with me. Traders has LOTS of good wine- so I have compiled a list of my top 40. Yes, I said 40. Use this as your handy guide when you’re stalled in the aisles, clueless as to what to get. Most of these wines are also under $20 so it is is wallet friendly! To make it easier on you, I will break down into three categories with pictures for each- white, rose and red. Let me know what you think and happy shopping! (Also, as a disclaimer- not every Traders will have every single one of these wines- they rotate through their supply very frequently. So please don’t go throwing things when you can’t find your $5 bottle of chardonnay at your local TJs. Thx)
Espiral Vinho Verde- light, crisp and $5. Perfect for the summer and great for mixing into spritzers!
Floriana Gruner Vetliner from Hungary (aka my motherland) $7- typically Gruners are made in Austria but if you know your geography you will know that Hungary and Austria are neighbs! This wine is easy drinking, perfect for summer
TJ’s signature Blanc De Blancs (bubbly made from white grapes, usually Chard)- $6. Looks fancy because of the name, nobody will know you only spent the cost of your latte on it.
Emma Reichart Dry Riesling- $5. Don’t hate on a Riesling because you assume it’s sweet. This one is nice and dry, pairs well with asian food. And for that price, I can fux with that.
Fetzer Gewurztraminer- $6- Now this one is semi-sweet for all you wine newbies that are scared to try anything else. (I remember drinking this wine when I was 18 years old- oops). It is easy drinking; pair it with asian food or your dessert.
Ferrari- Carano Fume Blanc- $13- aka Sauvignon Blanc. I love this wine- super versatile; pairs well with seafood or spicy foods.
J. Lohr Chardonnay- $11. Anything J. Lohr makes is amazing and you can’t beat this price (well, maybe at Total Wine…)
Meiomi Chardonnay- $16- Well balanced, this is a food wine fershure (think oysters, shrimp, appetizer board, salads, creamy pastas, etc.)
Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (aka Chardonnay from France)- $21- Y’all, this wine is well worth the money. SO good, smooth, well balanced. Perfect to bring to a dinner party! Your guests will be impressed.
Domaine De La Jolive Sancerre (aka Sauvignon Blanc from France)- $16- This one is also perfect to bring to a dinner party, easy drinking, and your guests will think you’re a world traveler by bringing a French wine. Oui Oui!
Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay- $22- also well worth the money. This is a delicious, Chard-lover’s Chard.
Freixenet Cava- $10- don’t know what grape this is from, but I know it makes a mean mimosa. This is my go-to Mims mixer. And for $10, you can’t feel too bad.
THAT DOES IT FOR THE WHITES. I also love a nice Spanish Albarino but I did not find any at Traders, sadly. You might also notice that I didn’t feature any Pinot Grigios. Want to know why? Because pinotgrigioisgarbagebye.
ON TO THE ROSES:
Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel- $20- May as well kick off the roses with something we all know and love. Are you a basic bitch? Cool, me too. Buy this wine. More than often, I will splurge and get a bottle of this, usually you can’t find it much cheaper than here.
Aime La Vie! Rose of Syrah-Grenache -$8- Medium bodied rose, easy drinking. Pair with food or enjoy on its own!
Albero Spanish Rose- $6- this one is pretty sweet, make a spritzer or a nice summer sangria! Good for vino newbies that like sweeter wines!
Cotes de Provence -$9- One of my go-to wines during the summer. Perfect to bring to a BBQ or dinner party!
Emma Reichart Rose of Pinot Noir- $5- once again, you can’t go wrong for $5. This wine is surprisingly bigger bodied than a typical Pinot Noir Rose (especially one that’s so cheap). I liked this alot and a great value!
Espiral Vinho Rose- $5- like its cousin the Vinho Verde, this is a great value. Use for spritzers or sangria!
Josh Cellars Rose- $11- Can’t go wrong with anything made from Josh. This is a great price-point, several bucks cheaper than at most stores I’ve seen.
La Coqueluche- $7- I mainly got this because of the cool bottle but it turned out to be pretty decent wine. Easy drinking, great for a patio party!
La Ferme Julien -$6- If you’re a TJs frequenter, you will be familiar with this. One of their most popular Rose wines. For the price, it’s a steal.
That does it for the Rose’s, now on to my favorites- the REDS! Come to momma.
19 Crimes ANY AND ALL- Red Blend and Cab are my faves- $9- From Australia- g’day mate! Alright that was a bad joke. But for real, this wine is awesome for the price and its sold literally everywhere.
Belle Glos Pinot Noir- $45- Dairyman, Clark & Telephone & Las Alturas- ALL sold at Traders for $45. One of the best Pinots I’ve had and you can’t beat that price. $50+ everywhere else. This is a GREAT gift for a dinner party! Also pls invite me.
Cocobon Red Blend- $7- Can’t do a wine feature without showing y’all one of the best TJs red blends! Fruity, jammy, delicious. I have a bottle of this always in stock for those weeknights when you can’t be bothered with anything fancy. Great for the value!
Francis Coppola Syrah -$10- I actually only picked this up because I didn’t have any other Syrah’s on here and I LOVE a good Syrah. TBH though, everything from Coppola is great and TJs sells a few other of their varietals.
Chateau St. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon -$15- Great with a fat steak.
Firesteed Pinot Noir (from Oregon) -$12- one of my go-to Pinots when I can’t be bothered to pay $20 for Elouan. Not gonna lie to ya. But- this wine is good and its easy drinking. Also have a bottle of this at all times.
Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon -$17- Also pairs nicely with a fat steak. Delicious, rich, full bodied Cali Cab. Plus the label is fun. (If you’re familiar with Michael David wines, the same theme is on one of his other great wines, the Petit Petite- would have definitely featured this but TJs didn’t have it.)
14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend- $8- Easy drinker, perfect with any meal. Great for red wine newbies. This price is the cheapest I’ve seen at any store!
Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo -$15- Lighter in body, easy drinking Italian Red. I love bringing this to a dinner party because it has a cute label with a nice tassle on top and people think I’m fancy. FOOLED YOU. Jokes aside, this pairs great with a massive bowl of spaghetti n mitballs or really any other red sauce pasta.
Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - $13- If you’re going to a dinner party and don’t know what to get, buy this wine. Its cheap and its awesome.
La Ferme Julien Rouge -$6- Like his sister the Rose, this is a good wine for the price. You can mix it into sangria if you wish.
Maison Barboulot Cabernet-Syrah - $6- Easy sippin’, great wine for the price.
Meiomi Pinot Noir (California) -$18- One of my Pinot splurges, like the Elouan (why the F ddn’t TJs have it when I was there?! Ugh.) Anyway, this is a wonderful Pinot and I drink it often! Pairs perfectly with salmon or drink on its own!
Velvet Devil Merlot -$11- I don’t drink Merlot often, but when I do, this is a great choice. You can also buy this anywhere.
Napa Cellars Zinfandel -$19- I love Zinfandels so so so much, and this was the best one I could find at TJs. Drink this with a pizza or a fat burger! * drool *
Campo VIejo Rioja -$12- Going to feature this on #vinowednesday soon, so stay tuned! This wine is AMAZING and such a steal for the money. For those that are intimidated by spanish wines, this is a perfect one to start with!
Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon -$17- Mmmmm….so good. Perfect with a steak or a big burger. This is a fan favorite in our house.
Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Meritage -$13- I’m actually a big fan of most of the TJs Reserve line, but this one is the best IMO.
J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon -$14- Another one of our go-to’s, this wine is great for the value!
Alright friends, that will do it today. I truly hope this was helpful for you guys and that it made you as thirsty as I. Now, off to have a fat glass or 5! Also, make sure you’re following THETIPSYBITE on IG! Gimme some love! CHEERS!