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  • Summer Wines Of Trader Joe's Hosted by Samantha Sommelier LLC

    Let's be real, we all love ourselves some TJ's wines! It may be one of my favorite grocery stores to pop in and see what I can find in any price range & I love that! Trader Joe's has been killing the grocery store competition in wine selections, & why do I think so? Because they bring inexpensive, unique wines of all regions and varietals to YOUR neighborhood. They understand what it's like to make wine fun & approachable & I know we all love that! Anyway, here are my Current 5 FAVORITE Trader Joe's wines of the Summer that you NEED to grab next time you are there! Save this list so that next time you can be in & out of Traders with a bundle of wines you will LOVE & still not break your wine budget (; # 1 & 1.5 French Fizz; Le Blanc & Le Rosé for $7 This sparkling wine & it's pink counterpart are f*cking awesome, especially considering they are around the $7 price range. I HIGHLY recommend grabbing one of each and popping it open as soon as it is ice cold. A true porch pounder/party wine! Super approachable, drinkable and sunshine friendly! P.S. This is a reusable bottle, so if you don't finish it, snap the lid back on & enjoy a little later, I was shocked at how long these bubbles lasted! #2 McGregor South Africa "The Delicious Monster", for $5.99 This is one of the best buys you can get at TJ's for under $10! Such a crisp and refreshing wine to have in your fridge ready to be devoured on your porch! You definitely don't need to have food with this one, but if you are looking for a fun pairing, i'd suggest a cheese board, because we all know once you start drinking this one you won't want to stop! #3 Bread and Butter Chardonnay, for $13 I know so many of you aren't the biggest fans of Chardonnay but this one is a WINNER! It can be really hard (at least for me) to find a chardonnay that I like that is less than $25 so I was super pumped when I tried this one. On a hot day, I suggest trying this one ice cold with frozen green grapes, yes, grapes on grapes (; #4 Pasqua – Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore for $10 This is an earthy, dry wine with great old world characteristics. Fantastic for a Summer BBQ. Honestly most meals and foods will go great with this red. It is not sweet and doesn't linger much, making it super easy to drink! This is a great wine to bring with you to a friends house for dinner as it's old world vibes won't giveaway that you only spent $10 on it (; #5 Grifone Primitivo for just $5, yes $5! The Primitivo grape makes wines that are big, jammy, and rustic, with high-ish alcohol percentages, (this one is 13%). Historically they have chewy tannins, and a sweet finish! If you don't think you have ever had one of these, be sure to grab one next time you are at Trader Joes. This is an awesome summer wine because it is super easy to drink, yet still packs a punch! Be sure to have a snack with this one. My suggestion? Walk to the next isle & grab one of the best items at Trader Joes... Their BBQ Chicken Pizza. Boom. That's all for now! Thank you so much Sam Somm Community. I am super happy & excited to share some of my favorites with you on here, I know it has been a while! If you have enjoyed this Wine Guide, be sure to check out my Sam Somm Wine Club membership for consistent guides, wine recommendations, monthly tastings and more! Click HERE! Plus, keep an eye out for a Fall Guide coming soon 🍂 Cheers, Samantha Sommelier XOXO Check out my shop page HERE to join us at our next virtual public tasting!

  • 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! Happy drinking! <3 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! Love this wine guide?! Good news, I have two more dedicated to Trader Joe's, Costco, Total Wine, and more on the way! Don't miss out and be sure you're subscribed to my mailing list!

  • Costco Wine Guide

    Because the Sam Somm Fam is from all over the place, I decided to try and stick to mostly my favorite Kirkland Signature Wines as those are more likely to be the same or similar in most locations, but some other winners just may sneak their way in! Wine prices may vary slightly from this blog post, as it's based on my personal experiences & some online hunting-- but should be pretty damn close to accurate. Grab yourself a Costco Churro & have a blast Costco Wine Hunting! Sparkling Kirkland Champagne Brut Okay Yum!! Sitting around $20 a bottle, you cannot beat this price for Champagne! The winemaker, Manuel Janisson's own Janisson Champagne retails for $40-$50 per bottle--so a total steal! This Champagne comes for the vineyards of Verzenay & has notes of crispt lime, apple orange & gingerbread, pairs amazing with anything salty & fatty, making it perfect for a Sunday brunch! Il Fiore Prosecco DOC BULK BUY From Veneto Italy, this Italian Prosecco, tends to make occasional appearances at Costco & when it does, it's a must grab, maybe even a bulk buy!! If you love Prosecco then you will seriously enjoy this one, with its crisp sweetness & hints of tropical flavors it pairs well with shellfish, vegetarian dishes & appetizers! The Il Fiore Prosecco can be found for around $8 a bottle at Costco! Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG BULK BUY Okay, talk about an affordable yummy wine!! Sitting around $7 a bottle, this Kirkland Signature has a seat at the table whenever it's time to celebrate! & Don't be fooled by this price, this is a DOCG level wine, which is the highest classification of Italian wines there is. This prosecco hails from the Asolo Prosecco region near Treviso which is at the base of the Alps (umm okay--beautiful) making the climate perfect for these sweet bubbly wines! I may even call this one a porch pounder... White Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Chardonnay Okay, since we have had a lovely time abroad with our bubbly wines, it's time to come all the way back to Sonoma County California! This Kirkland Signature Chardonnay is priced at $13 a bottle & is aged in French Oak, which gives it a delicious and lingering exotic taste. With its hints of pear & fig, pair this wine with a cheese board & don't forget the bread & butter as this wine has an ABV of 14% so you may want the snacks (; Kirkland Signature Sancerre This Sancerre is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc Grapes from Sancerre, Loire Valley, France. Joining in 2019 this Sancerre is one of the newer members of the Kirkland Signature family & is priced around $16 a bottle, but don't forget the discount when you bulk buy because this one is worth it! A great warm-weather wine for all of you in the Arizona area. Pairs well with seafood & goat cheese & to be honest; sour cream & onion chips! 2017 Laguna Chardonnay, Russian River Valley Sonoma County Okay, now there is something spectacular about this wine! Also hailing from the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County this wine is rarely found for the price you can find at Costco, sometimes they even have crazy discounts bringing it down to the $10 range! If you're into a more modern Chardonnay then this wine is for YOU! For a Chard-- it's light and so refreshing but still so flavorful and intense! Kirkland Signature Pinot Grigio-- Friuli Grave-- Italy BULK BUY!! Coming in around $6 a bottle, this Kirkland Signature is described as "Cheap & Good!" What more could you ask for in a Pinot Grigio? This wine is perfect for a wine Cocktail, a girl's night in with ALL the pizza & snacks! Rosé Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rosé From Esclans Valley in the South of France, this wine is AMAZE! If you have been following me for a while, you know I have tasted with this wine before! They also make the Whispering Angel Palm Rosé which is equally delicious and if found at Costco you can be sure you are getting a deal. Coming in around $18 a bottle you usually can't find this for less than $20 elsewhere! This wine pairs really well with a charcuterie board full of cured meats, cheeses & fresh fruits! Kirkland Signature 2020 Cotes de Provence Rosé BULK BUY! Just priced around $9 a bottle you may be curious to buy & compare to the Whispering Angel. This wine sells FAST, so if you see it, BUY IT! Like most Rosés this is a great summer, to be enjoyed outdoors even if that just means your porch! Pair it with Veggies, watermelon, Fresh Strawberries & light meats! Kirkland Signature K Vine Rosé If you wanted a West Coast Rosé then here you are! Found for $10 this Kirkland K Vine is from Buckshot Winery in the Columbia Valley, Washington State! Shout out to the PNW with this delicious Rosé! This Wine has a lot of fruity flavors including watermelon, strawberry, and CHERRY! Yes, please!! I love to balance out fruity wines with salty foods, can you say Truffle Fries & Rosé?! Red Hook or Crook Cellars Field Blend Reserve Red This is a red wine made up of undisclosed varieties from Lodi California. Usually, you can find this wine for $15-$25 but can be found at Costco for $7!! Truly a steal!! This wine is PACKED with flavor so I recommend opening it and definitely giving it some time to breathe! Very easy to drink and not too sweet! I say "Burgers & Fries" for this beauty!! Luke Cabernet Sauvignon This is a relatively exclusive wine as a limited number of cases were produced, so if you see it at your Costco or literally anywhere you should try it!! Comprised of grapes from a variety of vineyards in the Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington you can find this wine at Costco for $18, & the average price elsewhere is $25! This wine has aromas of black cherry, spices & vanilla and its taste has similar flavors of deep berries, spice, and vanilla. You definitely get a little taste of tannins with this one! I say a nice well-cooked steak & grilled veggies would be F*cking great here!! Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva BULK BUY!! Have you ever had a true Rioja Reserva? No? Okay, then you have got to get your hands on this one!! Aged for 30 months in Oak Barrels & an additional 6 months once in the bottle-- This wine is seriously good. 100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain, The producer of this wine varies from year to year, but they are all consistently good and for the price, you just can't beat it. I mean guys, it's $8!! Are you for reals?! Have you ever had a steak & goat cheese salad? No? Well, maybe it's time to grab a bottle of this Reserva & find a recipe hehe (; Kirkland Signature Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel For just under $12 this Sonoma County wine is one of my favorite Zinfandels! This is a great wine for when you are hanging out at home & are in the mood for BBQ! Kirkland Signature Malbec Argentina BULK BUY! Wahoo an Argentinian wine! Typically around $9 a bottle, making it a great bulk buy. This is a great everyday sipping wine and would pair really nicely with poultry & roasted potatoes! Yum!! Kirkland Signature Carneros Pinot Noir! Hailing from the beautiful Napa Valley, this Pinot Noir is something special & can be found at Costco for $10! This is a stellar Pinot Noir option and is super consistent! It is usually seasonal though so if you try it & love it I'd definitely go back and grab more!! Personally, I find this one to be better than the Kirkland Signature Russian River Valley Pinot but to each their own ;) This wine is super smooth and has a medium body making it easy to drink a lot of so be careful. Enjoy with a rich pasta dish and follow it up with popcorn & a movie! BOXED DEAL I LOVEEEE My fave cheap rose come in a box and my life is made IYKYK Sam Somm fam, this one is your go-to porch pounder rose all year round. Some Costco Wine Hunting Advice Guys, seriously don't be afraid to dig through the boxes & crates at Costco, if you are really into finding different vintages of wines, you may find them in the very same boxes as the newer wines! I don't know why Costco does this, but take advantage of it! They also pack wines into their displays, so if you don't see what you are looking for on top, and you DGAF what people think, drop down and dig underneath the displays. You may find something special & if you do, I'd love to hear about it! Thank you all so much for your contact support! Hope you enjoyed my suggestions!!

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  • PRIVATE TASTINGS & WINE CLUB | Samantha Sommelier

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  • FAFF WINE CO. | Samantha Sommelier

    Faff Wine Co. faff /' faff / verb British dialectical for " to make a fuss over nothing " a wine label created to bring you delicious wine without the fuss Faff Wine Co. When in doubt, bubbles We are SO excited to bring you our very first wine. Made with love, when in doubt, bubbles is a stunning and crushable sparkling Brut Rosé. Fruit-forward with notes of cherry and strawberry and a bright refreshing acidity, she's got something for everyone. Crowd-pleasing, porch-poundable deliciousness. 100% guaranteed! ​ SHOP NOW! Woman owned, woman lead. Meet the founders Sam Samantha is a Phoenix-based sommelier, influencer, tv personality and online wine and social media consultant. Sam’s role is to bring @faffwine to live with everyone she tastes with! She found her wine passion early, launching her popular wine tasting business, Samantha Sommelier, at the age of 23. She offers in-home wine tastings to private clients, as well as virtual tastings world-wide. Sam's mission is to make wine fun and approachable for any level of wine enthusiast! Ella Ella is our winemaker extraordinaire & general business bitch. Ella comes to Faff Wine Co. with a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology (winemaking) from U.C. Davis and experience on winemaking teams in Oregon, Napa, and Sonoma. She and Sam share an outlook on wine: too much snobbery, not enough drinking – so she makes sure every Faff wine is as affordable and accessible as it is delicious. We’re so lucky to have her!⁠ "EVERY WOMAN'S SUCCESS SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO ANOTHER. WE'RE STRONGEST WHEN WE'RE CHEERING EACH OTHER ON" - SERENA WILLIAMS

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