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Trader Joe's Wine Guide #3

Third times a charm? Maybe so! Trader Joe's never ceases to amaze me with their amazing wine selection, and prices! Honestly, if your state doesn't sell wine at your local Traders, it may be time to consider relocating (; Enjoy this guide & as always let me know if you try any & what you think about them!

Please keep in mind every Trader Joes Location is different so availability & prices may vary!

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La Granja Cava Brut $6.99

Don't let the price fool you, this ruffled feathered bird does not disappoint. If you are on a budget, or honestly just want massive value for your money this Cava is a great option. The La Granja Brut is flavorful and refreshing and has a slight punch of ginger. This one is super fun with anything fried or spicy! Their Butter Chicken with Basmati rice is splendid with this one!



Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Rosé $9.99

A Trader Joes Classic! Cecilia Beretta Prosecco is already so delicious, but when they chose to add in pinot noir grapes, violá a star was born! This bubbly is light and refreshing with fruity undertones! It's a must for any bridal shower, baby shower, or girls weekend! Pair this one with brie and a french baguette, *finger kisses*


Piper Sonoma Brut Chardonnay Blend $13.99

Okay, now this wine is an epic deal at Trader Joe's! $14 is unbeatable, you would probably spend $20ish dollars to find it elsewhere. Being composed of mostly Chardonnay grapes and a dash of Pinot Noir grapes this brut is so light, crisp, and refreshing. It has some citrus undertones making it a great base for a little mimosa Sunday-- but honestly, this wine can hold its own on its own! If your Trader Joe's has this Brut, grab as many as you can!!




Almond Creek Almond sparkling wine $6.49

Okay, what a funky mix-up to the normal flavors of sparkling wine-- and you know what, I don't hate it! If you are a big fan of almond flavoring, a baker, or just someone with a desire to try something different this sparkling wine is a great go-to! You can absolutely taste the almond, but it is not overbearing like other wines I have tried before. Pair this one with a cheese and nut board for sure-- or even a bowl of ice cream... what?! Yum!



Black Girl Magic Rose $17.99

Okay now you know I am a big fan of the McBride Sisters, I think that all of their wines are delicious but this Rosé is seriously so delicious! It is light and does not give you an overly sweet taste at all. This is a great Porch Pounder option or pairs well with all types of light summer meals-- try a lemon chicken recipe of your choice!




Summer Water Rosé $13.99

Okay talk about a label that could not be more accurate! This Rosé is truly so yummy! It is dry & refreshing & served best super super cold! Especially on those hot Arizona days! This one would be super yummy with those frozen watermelon ice balls in it! -- check out a Pinterest recipe for those!



Trader Joes Petit Reserve Rosé $6.99

Okay now I know you may be turned off by Trader Joe's incredibly simple and straightforward labeling on their wines, but I promise they truly don't disappoint, especially this Rosé. t has all the characteristics of a $15 bottle & is half the price-- if you don't want your party guests to know you paid $6.00 (which is nothing to be ashamed of) pour it into a pretty summer decanter and keep it in the fridge until its time to DRINK (;


Tuatea Sauvignon Blanc $5.99

Oh me oh my! Okay so this Sauvignon Blanc seems to come and go seasonally at trader joes, so if you see it you should probably grab a bottle! Not to be confused with the Matua SB, though they are very similar. This is a total PORCH POUNDER! Easy to drink, refreshing, not super high in ABV-- but if you want to eat with it, a penne & vodka sauce pasta is 10/10!



Lovely You Vegan Chardonnay 6.99

Okay, I almost passed this one up, & I am honestly glad I tried it and that it made the list. It is light and buttery and lovely indeed... lol. If you are curious about the whole Vegan wine thing, basically when you see a vegan label on the wine it is just confirming that they aren't using anything extra in their fermentation process-- yes some wineries use egg whites sometimes... you can usually find out on the wineries website or contact them directly if you aren't sure.



Stag's Leap Chardonnay $24.99

Okay, now if you want to take a big step and get something a little nicer-- This chardonnay is delightful! This Chardonnay has Oak, Vanilla, and Apple undertones and though it is a very bold wine it is also incredibly easy to drink. It is worth the little splurge in my opinion! Plus at Trader's you know you're getting a really good deal for this one! Drink it with a toasted ham & cheese sandwich and a pickle... YUM.


Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc & Viognier

This medium body white wine is such a huge win when I'm able to buy it from Trader Joe's! It has flavors of pear, apple & honey and is so smooth & easy to drink. Definitely recommend pairing this wine with pork chops & a hearty salad!



Espiral Vinho Verde $4.49

If you were in my first big group tasting in July then you know how good this wine is. It has a light carbonation a little bit of a kick & is freaking amazing! it's 9% ABV so don't worry about just sitting by the pool, on the beach, or on the porch and drinking your heart out. I love drinking this wine with spicy foods, salads, and brunch?! Yes, I did just say brunch-- it's a great day drinking wine!!



Porta 6 Red Wine $4.99

I have to say, open this one up, let it breath for about 30 minutes and it's really good for a $5 bottle of wine. It's fun and spunky and really quite refreshing. so it's easy to drink A LOT of and not feel too guilty lol pairs great wth a hearty pasta!



CocoBon Red Blend/Roast Oak Red Blend (YUM) $6.99

One of my FAVORITES! Honestly, either the Roasted Oak or the Red Blend.. or anything by CocoBon are major go-to's! Both have very interesting similarities & differences with flavors of Oak and Coffee to dark berries & cinnamon. The Roasted Oak is made up of petite Sirah, Shiraz/Syrah, and Merlot grapes whereas the Red blend is composed of mainly Merlot grapes-- so I suggest you buy both & then decide which one you like more!



Pure Bred old vine zinfandel $6.99

Okay, a GREAT value for a California zin! From Lodi California, this wine is bold & full-bodied but is still so easy to drink. Along with flavors of boysenberry, plum, and chocolate, it has so many of the qualities a more expensive zinfandel has-- without the extra dollar! Open this guy up, throw it in your chiller (call me crazy but if it's 100 degrees outside you can't blame me!) for about 30 minutes & it will absolutely surprise you!


Saldo 2016 Zinfandel $25.99

From the Prisoner Co. Wine company this Zinfandel is truly a treat. Priced about 5 dollars under market value this is a great opportunity to try this beautiful wine! This wine is bold & full-bodied with acidity. It is on the higher end of ABV at 15.9% so make sure you are drinking this wine with something hearty in your stomach... unless you are looking to get drunk LOL (;




Trader Joes Anderson Valley Reserve Pinot Noir $9.99

Okay, now this Pinot Noir is so good! It has aromas of cherry, licorice, mint, earth & cola, an interesting combination but the taste does not disappoint-- with a long dry finish this wine is a win! Do a blind taste test with this and a $30 pinot noir-- I dare you! Truly I think it would hold its own & may trick you! Pairs well are snacks for sure cause this Pinot is 14.5% making it a tad heavy for a California Pinot Noir!


Liberté Pinot Noir $9.99

Hailing from one of the coolest places in California, San Luis Obispo-- this California Pinot Noir is always a fun party wine or house warming gift! Not only is the bottle funky and beautiful but the taste is the same! It's light & acidic and would go great with a charcuterie board, salty chips with a sour cream & onion dip! Party Wine for sure!!


Aiolas Red Blend $4.99

This red blend is from Portugal & compared to other northern Portuguese reds this was a steal! Personally, I went for this wine because of the price & the bottle & it truly surprise me. It is light, smooth, and super easy to drink! The dark berry flavors make this wine especially great when making a red wine sangria-- go easy on the other ingredients & let this wine shine!! Yum!


Puerta Plata Reserva $7.99

What a delicious Spanish red! You definitely want to do two things with this wine 1. open it about 30 or so minutes prior to drinking & 2. eat something! A great meal with this one is Filet Mignon roasted potatoes & asparagus. Also amazing with anything PASTA!


Satis Dei vino de la tierra del Castilla $8.99

Another yummy Spanish red wine! Again, make sure to let this one breathe a little bit in order to experience all the flavors this wine has to offer. Found exclusively at Trader Joe's in the United States this Syrah-Garnacha has flavors of blackberry, plum & lavender. Honestly, it has a little bit of sweetness to it as well, but it's not overpowering & is still very smooth and easy to drink. Pairs well with a Chicago-style deep dish pizza!



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