For people who know of any good wines at Trader Joe’s, let us know! I’d say the average price is about $12-$18, give or take the Two-Buck Chuck or the very few $30 wines.
When I’m looking for wine, I typically get great assistance at other places, but TJ’s… you’re all on your own. For a wine newbie like me, that just means I’m frantically searching up reviews on each specific label. It’d be nice to see some people write about their good experiences here.
Random note: I actually just picked up a 2012 Chateau Ste Michelle Sauvignon Blanc for $6.99. Part of me is like but the other part is like
My recommendation is not to buy any wine from TJs unless you know exactly what it is (which I guess is why you’re asking). In my experience they are driven by a good deal rather than quality (whereas CostCo for example seems to select more for quality).
They do have some good wines, though. In the past I’ve bought Louis Latour Grand Ardèche Chardonnay and Vidal Fleury CdR for nice prices there. My blind buys have been almost uniformly disappointing.
Gotcha! I’ve always been curious about Costco wines as well, glad you put it that way. Heard the Costco score ratings were rather misleading though, since they’re by reviewers who practically give high reviews to anything. Heh, I could be wrong about that though.
I picked up a Vintjs Pinot Gris @ $8 last night. WA, HHH probably Columbia Crest, and made TW drink it and she survived. I tasted and it was quite good. Not as mineral and grapefruit like an OR PG, more smoother and a hint of RS along the lines of other WA whites.