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Mar 21, 2011 09:59 PM

CHEAP dry white available at Trader Joe's now

What do you recommend?
The last time i had to buy a quantity of white wine for an informal party i was able to snag some Sterling Chardonnay at about $5/ bttl.
Those days are long gone.
I figure TJs is probably going to be my best bet, but anywhere near LAX will work.
I'm lost in the white wine aisle. . . .
BigWoodenSpoon, what d'ya think i should get?

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  1. My favorite "inexpensive" crowd pleaser is the Villa Cerena Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio (60/40):$3.99.
    Enough Chardonnay to give things a little structure, enough Pinot Grigio to bring out some friuty tones. Very tasty for the price point. Don't buy any of the CA blends, they'll be too sweet.
    The TJ's Petite Reserve Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands :$5.99 or $6.99 was one of the better Chards I've had of late but if you can find the St. Lukes Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) $5.99, I'd buy that one instead. A nice meeting of New Zealand & French styles.

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    1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

      just bought a couple of cases and delivered them to the party location.
      you saved the day for me.

      1. re: westsidegal

        You are so welcome. Hope you have a great party and please let me know what people think of the wine choices.

      2. re: BigWoodenSpoon

        the Villa Cerena Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio was a HUGE hit.
        NOBODY suspected that it was a 'bargain' wine!

        thank you so much.
        perfect selection

      3. Wondering what you would recommend at Trader Joe's for cooking, for a French recipe (fish) that calls for Chablis. My price point is $7 to $10. I realize that true Chablis wines in that range are few and far between, so I'm looking for a good substitute. Thank you so much.

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        1. re: giacomantonia

          In Northern CA, we actually have a Chablis in your price range that's fairly decent.
          Call around to your local stores and see if any of them carry it.

            1. re: giacomantonia

              Just in case you can't find it at the moment, my NCA Order Guide says it should be back in around the 20th or so. Enjoy!

        2. bought a really tasty Rhone white blend called "Ferme Julien" at TJ's Saturday for $5.99. Quite delicious, especially for the price.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            Second the Ferme Julien, rose and red, too, made by the dependable Perrin family from Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape.