Trader Joe’s is pretty much my happy place. Yes, the parking lot is crazy, the aisles are jam-packed, and God forbid I go on a Saturday morning. But once there, they’ve got the best selection of quirky snacks, artisanal condiments and prepared foods around.
The thing that really keeps me going back again and again, though, has nothing to do with their food. I’m all about the wine, baby. And we’re not talking Two Buck Chuck, though I admit that in college I became quite the Charles Shaw connoisseur.
These days, I gravitate toward Trader Joe’s other private-label offerings. They have Napa chardonnay, New Zealand sauvignon blanc and even Côtes du Rhône reds, all for a crazy-good price. They carry some nationally available brands for a competitive price too, meaning I can always find a budget-friendly wine to go with whatever pile of snacks I’ve picked up on my shopping trip.
Not sure where to start? These are some of our favorite Trader Joe’s wines.
Espiral Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde’s acidity and low alcohol content make it an ideal sipping wine on hot summer days.
Espiral Vinho Verde, $5 at Trader Joe’s
LaGranja360 Cava Brut
Spanish sparkling wines are a tasty, often less expensive alternative to Champagne.
LaGranja360 Cava Brut, $7 at Trader Joe’s
Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling
Its light sweetness and bold acidity make this Riesling one of the most food-friendly wines out there.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, $7 at Trader Joe’s
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages
A full-bodied French wine with red berry, floral and pepper notes, you can sip this on its own or with food.
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages, $10 at Trader Joe’s
Laurent Dublanc Côtes-du-Rhône
A classic grenache, Syrah and mourvèdre blend, you can’t beat this deal on Côtes du Rhône.
Laurent Dublanc Côtes-du-Rhône, $7 at Trader Joe’s
19 Crimes Red Wine
This red blend is a bold choice that’s perfect for people who prefer slightly sweeter wines.
19 Crimes Red Wine, $8 at Trader Joe’s
Louise d’ Estrée Brut
A French sparkling wine blend made with Chenin blanc, this bottle of bubbly is perfect for a celebration.
Louise d’ Estrée Brut, $8 at Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Chardonnay Carneros Lot# 51
Oaky and buttery, this chardonnay has that classic Napa Valley flavor.
Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Chardonnay Carneros Lot# 51, $13 at Trader Joe’s
Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Hailing from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, which is known for its sauv blanc, this crisp wine hits the spot.
Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc, $8 at Trader Joe’s
Full of juicy, dark fruit flavors and hints of vanilla and pepper, this wine pairs well with big holiday meals.
VINTJS Syrah, $8 at Trader Joe’s
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier
Blending these two acidic, fruity grapes together creates a wine that effortlessly pairs with food.
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier, $13 at Trader Joe’s
Wind Gap Rosé
Pair this dry pink-orange wine with cheese, charcuterie or other apps that need some acidity.
Wind Gap Rosé, $14 at Trader Joe’s
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