Great Mmmerlot for Just $50 per Gallon!

Store display for Trader Joe's Reserve 2020 Sonoma County Merlot

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Reserve Merlot Lot #227, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California ($9.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   We hope our subject line extrapolating the price per gallon (there are five standard 750ml bottles in a gallon FWIW) for this wine makes you feel better about the last time you filled up your … Read moreGreat Mmmerlot for Just $50 per Gallon!

A Lot of Bordeaux Value for A Little Dough

Bottle and glass of 2018 La Garenne Red Blend, Cotes de Bordeaux, France.

Fast facts: 2018 La Garenne Red Blend, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux, France ($7.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   Most wine drinkers know of the great and coveted wines of Bordeaux. But the Côtes de Bordeaux? That’s some unfamiliar territory to most. And with good reason. You see, unlike the storied regions that made Bordeaux famous, this … Read moreA Lot of Bordeaux Value for A Little Dough

A Blockbuster Meritage from the Trader Joe’s Wine Lotto – You Can’t Win if you Don’t Play!

The front label of this 2018 Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage from the Rutherford AVA in the Napa Valley.

Fast facts: 2018 Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Meritage, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California ($14.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   Readers that have been following us for a while have seen prior reviews of Meritage bottlings here before.  Frankly, it is rare to find a Meritage that disappoints.  I think it has something to do with the flexibility … Read moreA Blockbuster Meritage from the Trader Joe’s Wine Lotto – You Can’t Win if you Don’t Play!

Trader Joe’s Gets it GrooVee On – After Applying Sunscreen

Glass and bottle of Floriana 2019 Gruner Veltliner from Trader Joe's. Also, Trader Joe's SPF sunscreen.

Fast facts: 2019 Floriana Grüner Veltliner, Pannon, Hungary ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) Trader Joe’s SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s, California)   We’re on the cusp of Memorial Day weekend, which means we are already being subjected to some of the strongest rays of sun all year.  At least here in the Northern Hemisphere. … Read moreTrader Joe’s Gets it GrooVee On – After Applying Sunscreen

A Tasty Pair of Wines from Costco – at a Tasty $9.99 Price

Costco display of Au Contraire 2017 Chardonnay

Fast facts: 2017 Au Contraire Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California $9.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 976040) 2016 D de Dauzac, Bordeaux, France $9.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1389225)   I’m flat out at excited about sharing these two wines with you all. You know how much we love our “high QPR” wines here at Vinopointer, and … Read moreA Tasty Pair of Wines from Costco – at a Tasty $9.99 Price

Three from Costco for this Thirsty Thursday – All Way Under $10!

Three Thirsty Thursday bottles of featured wines from Costco - all under $10!

Fast facts: 2018 Santa Rita Secret Reserve Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile $5.99* (@Costco, California, Item# 1154159) 2019 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina $6.99 (@Costco, California, Item# 1239144) 2019 Kirkland Signature Côtes du Rhône Villages, Rhône Valley, France  $6.99 (@Costco; California – Item #: 887774) *net price after $5 in store discount If you’re like us, … Read moreThree from Costco for this Thirsty Thursday – All Way Under $10!

A Delicious 94 point Syrah – $9.99 at Costco!

Photo of the Costco display for the 2017 Syrah called The Pundit from Tenet Wines

Fast Facts: 2017 Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington ($9.99* @Costco in California – Item #1209292) *net price after $6 in store discount   Like so many of our wine finds, this one really jumped out as a wine with good prospects.  It was case stacked on the end aisle at my local … Read moreA Delicious 94 point Syrah – $9.99 at Costco!

For Poolside Sipping: Two Bargain Trader Joe’s Rosés

Photo of two bottles and glasses of rose from Trader Joe's, one from California, the other from France

These two rosés from Trader Joe’s couldn’t be more different.  But at well under $10 each, that doesn’t mean you won’t love them both! Fast facts: 2018 Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Rosé, Napa Valley ($5.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2018 St. Sagnol Rosé, Provence, France ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) A wise person once quipped: “all wine … Read moreFor Poolside Sipping: Two Bargain Trader Joe’s Rosés

$9.99 CabSauv Taste Test – Costco v. Trader Joe’s

A bottle and glass of Kirkland Signature 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottle and glass of Trader Joe's Reserve 2017 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvigon

Ahead of the July 4th holiday, we couldn’t resist putting these two Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon “in the ring” to see which one would prove to be the winner. In this corner… Fast facts: 2016 Kirkland Signature Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, California  ($9.99 @Costco, California) Product #: 223343 2017 Trader Joe’s Reserve Alexander … Read more$9.99 CabSauv Taste Test – Costco v. Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s vs. Costco in a $6.99 Argentine Malbec Face Off

We pit two Malbecs against each other. One from Trader Joes, one from Costco. Both from Argentina, both just $6.99

  Fast facts: 2017 Amancay Winery, Reserva Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2017 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina  ($6.99 @Costco,  California) Normally, we only review wines we like and are prepared to recommend you buy. But every now and them we find two wines that are begging to be compared – … Read moreTrader Joe’s vs. Costco in a $6.99 Argentine Malbec Face Off