Known crowd pleasers for easy-drinking:
Villa Cerrina Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio: $4
Venetian Moon Pinot Grigio: $5
TJ's Grower's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc: $5
Sonoma Vineyards Chardonnay: $6: Stainless Steel fermentation, friuty & not too sweet
Off-Dry (Slightly sweet)
Vinho Verde: $4
Green Fin Organic White: $4 (Muscat, Columbard, Sultana)
Joseph Handler Riesling: $5
just tried the green fin last night.
it was perfect for my friday night group.
it was, as you reported, an EASY wine.
not to dry, not too sweet
second your description: a crowd pleaser
this is not the wine to serve at a tasting.
thank you BigWoodenSpoon for the original recommendation.
it was a perfect choice for the occasion.
So glad you liked it.
Yes, this is not a "Tasting" wine by any stretch of the imagination unless you want to play "Name that Varietal" in a blind "$5 & under" game.
I'm still learning the mechanics of Ordering and will hopefully be able to figure out how to effectively contact Corporate on y'all's behalf when it comes specific wines in specific regions. I believe that many times it just comes down to proximity. Shipping small quantities of a CA wine to the East Coast might not be fiscally doable, but perhaps letting Corporate know that AZ, etc. would like more choices might be a good idea.
Coordinating local e-mails where everyone interested sends something at the exact same time could very well attract attention to your cause. (This is what I advise my customers to do when a beloved product has been *discontinued*)
While there is plenty of "so-so" wine at TJs which can be avoided, I like the Marqués de Cáceres (Rioja) white wine which retails at TJs in SoCal for $5.99 and the Big House White (California blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Malvasia Bianca, Orange Muscat and Muscat Canelli) which retails here for $6.99. In my opinion, both are great as summer patio wines / party wines.
if you are open to a vinho verde (semi-sparkling portugese wine), my tj's sells espiral for about $4/bottle.
this is an EASY wine, one that is VERY compromising with all sorts of foods and tastes.
this is NOT a complex/deep/sophisticated wine.
here is one blogger's take on it, and i agree with everything he says: