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Sep 11, 2009 10:40 AM

Trader Joe's Wines?

Just a quick question - having a party for about 100 people, and heard TJ's has some good wines. Any suggestions?

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  1. Hiya,

    Ok, cool, you're a local gal. I need some more info.
    So, what kind of party are you having? Wine & Cheese? Lunch? Dinner?
    When is it?
    What kind of foods are you serving?
    Do you have more white or red drinkers?
    Any particular varietial favorites?
    And of course, how much do you want to spend per bottle?
    We have a lot of exciting options coming in the next week +/- and some very drinkable choices in store now. Let me know and I'll let y'all know. Aloha from Store #109 Alameda

    1. Here is a current thread discussing wines available at TJ's:

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      1. re: DavidT

        I still don't get Trader Joe's hype in regards to wine. In Minneapolis they would be ranked 33 or so when it comes to selection, service, prices, etc. I just don't get it or maybe people just settle when it comes to wine.

        1. re: redmeatfan

          I guess it does depend on where you live.
          The OP lives in Northern CA where our access to a wide selection of wines at reasonable (under $15) prices makes for a lot of the local hype. Also, since a lot of the wineries that are off-loading their excess stock are based in CA, TJ's can many times get first crack at it. Unfortunately quite a bit of that product seems to stay on the West Coast, perhaps because the alcohol/shipping laws are so restrictive in other regions or because of very limited availability. I like to try new things that taste good on a budget. So I pick things up at work like the Mt. Linden Merlot ($4) as well as partronize my local wine merchants where I bought 3 Rieslings during their 20% off sale today as well as a 1 lt. bottle of 2008 Pollerhof Gruner Vetliner ($13 & Yummy!).

          1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

            From TJ's our favorite red is Aquila D'Ororo Chianti ($5.99). For white, it's Gaetano D'Aquino Pinot Grigio ($3.99 -- very dry). They are our everyday wines and I wouldn't be ashamed to serve them to guests. In fact, we have and they loved them both!

            1. re: shopgirl

              Well, if you're looking for drinkability, crowd pleasers and prices under $5, here's a few suggestions:

              Mt. Linden Merlot ($4) if you can still find it. Smooth, juicy & delicious
              (This white wine drinker went back for a 2nd glass)

              Villa Cerina Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio ($4) has some body from the Chardonnay, nice fruit from the Pinot Grigio and just a hint of oak(?).

              Epicuro Algianico ($5) has big flavors but not overpowering weight
              Its the only wine that ALL of my Crew has ever liked.

              Honey Moon Viognier ($5) All flowers & friut with a touch of sweetness, it's the most consistant Viognier we've carried.

              BTW, I'm very much looking forward to the Private Label Reserve Viognier coming from Paso Robles and the Private Label Reserve Monterey Albarino that will hopefully land sometime this week. I'm not sure of the price point, but I think its between $6-10.

              1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

                BWS - The Honey Moon Viognier is pretty good - As you describe it, but also lighter and without the cloying finish of many Vios.

                Have the Private Label Reserve Vio and Albarino come in to your shop yet?

                If so, (a) how are they? and (b) do you know if they are (or will be) available in SoCal too?

                1. re: rdt01

                  I'll have to check the Order Guide when I get to work tonight.
                  I'll let y'all know as soon as these become available and give you an update later in the week after we do the French Wine & Cheese Tasting.

                  1. re: rdt01

                    Ah man! Looks like there was only a tiny amount available of the Viognier & Albarino and it's already all gone. Doh! Sorry everyone!
                    I'll try calling Emeryville & Rockridge to see if they were lucky enough to get any. Perhaps I can track down a bottle or two. I'll keep y'all posted.

            2. re: redmeatfan

              "I still don't get Trader Joe's hype in regards to wine."

              Drawing Venn Diagram of the intersect between cheap, interesting, and drinkable.

              There's little that amazing here, and you can often do better wines for the same cheap prices if you hunt, but if I wanted to pick four wines for a party and have them all be in the $5 range, Trader Joe's really hits the spot.

          2. Went to the Westfield, NJ TJs yesterday armed with all the suggestions here. They didn't have half of them, because not each store gets every item and I'm guessing some of these posts came from California.
            I did, however, purchase a very inexpensive 2008 Cellier du Rhone Cotes du Rhone which is really very good considering it only cost $5.99. It won the Concours des vins Orange medal of 2009 in France (whatever that means). Haven't tried the others yet.

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            1. re: shopgirl

              Yup, I live near San Francisco.
              BTW, the Cellier du Rhone Blanc is quite nice and if you have the extra cash ($20) their Chateauneuf du-Pape was my favorite of the French Wines we tried last week.
              Hope it's available in your area.