Trader Joes Wine Picks - Under $8
- akp Dec 2, 2010 07:53 AM
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!
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: http://jasonswineblog.com/ He reviews lots of TJ's wines and his recommendations have been pretty darned good. Be sure to check his Top 10 lists.
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.
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.
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.
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.