93 Points for $11.99 Makes it a Good Time Get to Know Monastrell

Glass and bottle of Juan Gil 2018 Monastrell from Costco

Fast facts: 2018 Juan Gil Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain ($11.99 @ Costco, California – Item #967359)   There is a lot to like about this wine. For starters, it is made of 100% Certified Organic Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grapes. Then there is the 93 point rating bestowed by none other than Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. All this … Read more93 Points for $11.99 Makes it a Good Time Get to Know Monastrell

A Summer Weight Spanish Garnacha from Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe's shelf display of Las Margas 2018 Garnacha

Fast facts: 2018 Las Margas Garnacha, Cariñena, Spain ($12.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   Garnacha is the Spanish (and therefore original) name for the grape known in France and elsewhere (like California) as Grenache. There was a time when it was the dominant grape in Spain. Now, despite ripping up almost half of its Garnacha vineyards, … Read moreA Summer Weight Spanish Garnacha from Trader Joe’s

An Incredible $8.99 Red Wine Value from Costco – 93 Points!

Glass and bottle of Campo Arriba 2014 red wine from Costco

Fast Facts: 2014 Campo Arriba, Yecla, Spain ($8.99 @Costco in California – Item #1104416)   One of our unofficial slogans here is: “we taste a lot of inferior wines so our readers don’t have to.”   A few words about frogs, and princes… Because we are especially excited when we find great values under $10, we … Read moreAn Incredible $8.99 Red Wine Value from Costco – 93 Points!

Your Holiday Mimosa Kit from Trader Joe’s – Everything you Need for Under $10

Front label of M. Chevallier Brut Cava from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: M. Chevallier Brut Cava, Spain ($5.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) Trader Joe’s Organic Cold Pressed Orange Juice ($1.99, California)   We’ll keep this short, since you’re undoubtedly busy even in the build up to this quieter and smaller Christmas holiday season.  But maybe you have discovered that being forced to shrink your holiday “footprint” brings … Read moreYour Holiday Mimosa Kit from Trader Joe’s – Everything you Need for Under $10

New Kirkland Signature Release is a Delightful Mash Up of Old and New Worlds

Bin of bottles of Kirkland Signature 2014 Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva

Fast Facts: 2014 Kirkland Signature Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain ($13.99 @Costco in California – Item #1169328) The nice thing about featuring Kirkland Signature wines here is that they are distributed nationally within the chain. Branded wines that we choose to feature on this blog can be hit or miss depending on where you … Read moreNew Kirkland Signature Release is a Delightful Mash Up of Old and New Worlds

A Tasty $4.99 Red Wine from Trader Joe’s – and a Handy Sangria Hack from Us.

Front label of Las Resas 2017 Monastrell from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: 2017 Las Resas Monastrell, Bullas, Spain  ($4.99@Trader Joe’s,  California) Summer is a good time to talk about serving temperatures for wine.  Especially since if you’re like me, reds at room temperature don’t cut it when it’s hot outside. In my house, we use the refrigerator for white wines and a dedicated wine fridge … Read moreA Tasty $4.99 Red Wine from Trader Joe’s – and a Handy Sangria Hack from Us.

Trader Joe’s has a red for your white and blue – just $5.99!

Front label of Oxte The Silence red wine blend from Trader Joe's, via Spain

Fast facts: 2019 Oxte The Silence, Red Wine Blend, Cariñena, Spain ($5.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) Let’s start with the most important part: this is an remarkably polished and elegant wine, especially considering its price. It is comprised of 40% Tempranillo, 25% Syrah, 25% Garnacha (aka Grenache) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. A good summer-weight food wine, … Read moreTrader Joe’s has a red for your white and blue – just $5.99!

A Trader Joe’s Sparkler for Just $5.99! Wine Not?

Front label of M. Chevallier Cava from Trader Joe's

Fast facts:  M. Chevallier Brut Cava, Spain $5.99 (@Trader Joe’s; California)   Recently, in an effort to build business over Mother’s Day during quarantine, a local restaurant here was offering a “free bottle of Champagne” with their to-go dinners. A little research lead us to discover that, in fact, it was a bottle of California … Read moreA Trader Joe’s Sparkler for Just $5.99! Wine Not?

Two New Red Wine Finds and a TBT Pinot to Seek Out at Costco

Bottle and glass of La Granja Red Blend from Trader Joes and Bridlewood red blend from Costco

Fast Facts on this Week’s Featured Wines: 2018 La Granja 360 Tempranillo/Garnacha, Cariñena, Spain ($5.99 @Trader Joe’s in California) 2015 Bridlewood Estate Winery Blend 175, Central Coast, California ($9.99 @Costco in California – Item #576530)   Every chance I get, I deviate from my regular Costco and Trader Joe’s stores.  This month both selections are from … Read moreTwo New Red Wine Finds and a TBT Pinot to Seek Out at Costco

Two New Wine Reviews – and a New Weekly Feature Yer Gonna Love

Cases of Noble Vines Rose case-stacked at Costco

Fast Facts on this Week’s Featured Wines: 2018 Noble Vines 515 Rosé, Central Coast, California ($5.99 @Costco in California – Item #1179608) 2015 Revelation Cabernet-Merlot, Pays d’Oc, France ($5.99 @Trader Joe’s in California)   Sometimes the wines we review each week have little in common.  But this week they do – the price!  And both … Read moreTwo New Wine Reviews – and a New Weekly Feature Yer Gonna Love