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Top three red wines at TJ's

To save myself trips to different stores, I'm looking to put together a gift basket from TJ, with red wine (and TJ chocolates, nuts, fruit) included. If you had to choose your top three at Trader Joe's, what would it be?

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  1. What price range are you working with?

    1. Good question. Anything $30 or below is reasonable.

      1. TJ's is slowly amassing the selection of your ordinary supermarket. It'd be tough to recommend 3 wines from TJ's in that price range that are exclusive or near-exclusive to TJ.

        The only one I can think of the Rosenblum Syrah (2003)... which should be priced at $27 if the particular store carries it.

        Besides that, everything else that's decent may be a wine you could find at your local Vons for a similar price.

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        1. re: montgomeryrossmore

          Thanks, though the wine doesn't have to be exclusive to TJ. It's just convenient for me to pick one up there. :)

        2. I would recommend Conn Creek's Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2003. Available at my local TJ's for about $20. It does well with a little breathing time in the glass. The others that I am about to recommend are not outstanding, but for the price, I like them very much:
          Twin Fin Pinot Noir for about $6
          Bear's Lair Merlot for about $4 (this might be exclusive to TJs as I've never seen it elsewhere and there seems to be no winery by that name - or at least none with a website.)
          Santa Ema (Chilean) Cabernet Sauvignon for about $4
          Clos Du Bois Zinfandel - dunno if TJ carries it, but likely, since I know they carry Clos Du Bois Chardonnay.

          I haven't looked for this one in Trader Joe's but you could ask if they carry it - Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon 2002. I've had that vintage and it was delicious. I've seen the 2003 vintage in Ralphs for about $9. If this is available in TJ's, it would be my second choice after Conn Creek.

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          1. 3 top TJ's Wines

            Zonin Prosecco (Light and fun a great way to start a meal)
            Coppala Claret (Just a Mellow all around good red)
            Castoro Viognier (Full Bodied Paso Robles White)