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Dec 2, 2010 07:53 AM

Trader Joes Wine Picks - Under $8

Need some budget wine picks for a party that I am co-hosting. Need some good drinkable wine ideas. The less expensive the better since I need to buy about 40 bottles. Red and white. Thank you!

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  1. You could have some issues with what is carried in your area vs. where posters live, but let's give it a go.

    We've come to enjoy Hogue Chardonnay @$6.99. Good fruit and not overly oaky.
    There's also a good red called Chariot, if you can find it.

    Of more use might be this blog: He reviews lots of TJ's wines and his recommendations have been pretty darned good. Be sure to check his Top 10 lists.

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    1. re: Midlife

      Chariot won't be available again until next year. Hogue is nice, and Villa Cerrina Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio (60/40: 3.99) is always a regular folks crowd pleaser.
      All of the Epicuro wines are really good for the price point and the Alexander & Fitch Merlot & Cabernet (6.99) are quite tasty as well.

    2. I enjoy an Aglianico made by Epicuro; a prosecco that has "Prosecco Vino Frizzante" on the front...on the back is the producer "Martellozzo"; a Vinho Verde that I can't remember the producer; and a Nero D'Avola that I think is also made by Epicuro.

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      1. re: jla1960

        the Vinho Verde is Espiral. it's not bad for 4 bucks!

      2. Aldi also has some cheaper wines, might be worth a look. I've gotten the $4 malbec and was surprised. It isn't super-duper, but it's miles ahead of anything else I've tried in that range. Apparently from mendoza.

        1. I discovered La Granja syrah for $5 a bottle. Outstanding value. I second the Espiral vinho verde recommendation, also. That one is a regular in my house's rotation during summer.

          1. Another winner I tried last night is the Salice Salentino from Epicuro. The wine market is getting more and more depressed, and this means more and more great deals out there. I used to say that there wasn't much under $10, but I don't think I can say that today.