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Any good Trader Joe's wines lately?

Want to make a trip to Trader Joe's and stock up on some wines. I'm thinking white. I bought a nice Italian white last time I was there for, I think $4.99 or so. It was very good...sorry I didn't buy more.
Who's gotten some good buys from TJs? I've been through all the "Chuck" and don't care for it.
Has anyone bought a good petite sirah? I'd like to fill up my wine racks. Nothing too expensive..talking everyday wines here.

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  1. "I've been through all the "Chuck" and don't care for it."

    Good! You're on the right path.

    1. Estancia & Firestone Chards. in the $8 -10 range are dependably good and available. Wild Horse Merlot at about $ 9 a fair buy.

      1. A Cabarnet Savignon, Santa Rita (from Chile I think), $10.99

        1. I picked up a couple for Wine Blogging Wednesday last week.
          An absolute steal was Ulrich Langguth Riesling (Germany) for only $5.99, and the Trimbach Alsace Riesling for $15.99 was also delicious (light and crisp, and similar to a Sav Blanc).


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          1. re: Vinquire

            Are these rieslings dry or off-dry? Thanks!

          2. Try the Bogle Petite Sirah. I think TJs sells it for $7, but may be mistaken.

            1. I keep a running list here are my Top 10 from March, haven't gotten around to April yet...

              1. 2005 Epicuro Aglianico - $5
              2. 2006 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere - $7
              3. 2004 Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon - $6
              4. 2006 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc
              5. 2006 Michel Leon Gewurztraminer - $7
              6. 2006 Castle Rock Monterrey County Pinot Noir - $10
              7. 2006 Callaway California Chardonnay - $5
              8. 2005 Kono Sauvignon Blanc - $8
              9. 2004 Evans & Tate Cabernet Sauvignon Underground Series - $5
              10. 2003 Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot - $6



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              1. re: jjrzut

                Thanks, Jason. Went to Trader Joes in Westfield, NJ (the only one fairly near us with wine -- 40 min. drive). Were out of Epicuro Aglianico and said they didn't carry a lot of them...some we have tried and didn't care for. Did find the Bogle Petite Sirah, Alan, but it's $10, not $7. Look forward to trying it. Not big on California wines, but do like petite sirah.

                1. re: shopgirl

                  Sorry to hear you didn't care for some but curious as to which...I would recommend the Carmenere whole heartedly and if you are a Pinot Fan the Castle Rock Monterrey County bottling should be well up your alley!

                  Funny on the Bogle, I thought the price was off there and was at TJ's today and confirmed the $10 price tag. Anyhow!



                  1. re: jjrzut

                    Did not care for the Concha y Toro, Callaway Califor. Chard, either. Couldn't find the Castle Rock -- maybe next time. I'll check your blog for new postings! Always nice to try a wine someone recommends. Too bad Westfield has yucky byo restos, though. Went to Isabella's when we couldn't get into Mojave Grille last night....ugh!

              2. I have one for you to stay away from. It was a French Ugni~Viognier blend. Disgusting nose, and the taste was worse. Fusel oil. Blecch.