Fun Bubbles and $5!? Thanks, Trader Joe’s!

Glass and bottle of the 2019 Pop Up Sparkling, 100% Chardonnay, Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington

Fast facts: 2019 Pop Up Sparkling, 100% Chardonnay, Evergreen Vineyard, Columbia Valley, Washington ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)     This one was hard to pass by in a recent visit to Trader Joe’s. First there was the packaging. Striking, colorful and dare we say, adorable? From the crown cap on down? It reminded us of … Read moreFun Bubbles and $5!? Thanks, Trader Joe’s!

Our Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Costco Wines

Photo of front of a Costco store

  Going shopping for wine at your local Costco?  Well take along this list of the 13 most recent posts that included wines from Costco. In this “case” think of it as your lucky 13! Click on any of the links below for item numbers, tasting notes – and more…   NV Kirkland Signature Champagne … Read moreOur Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Costco Wines

Our Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Wines from Trader Joe’s

Front of a Trader Joe's store.

  Going shopping for wine at your local Trader Joe’s?  Well take along this list of the 13 most recent posts that included wines from TJ’s. In this “case” think of it as your lucky 13! All prices shown are based on those in California.  Click on any of the links below for tasting notes … Read moreOur Lucky 13 Most Recent Reviews of Wines from Trader Joe’s

A Cool Trader Joe’s “Porch Pounder” with a Tiny Price

Trader Joe's store display of Espiral Vinho Verde

Fast facts: Espiral Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal  ($4.49@Trader Joe’s,  California)     “Porch pounder” is a term used in the wine trade to refer to a wine that is easy drinking, relatively inexpensive, and simple.  I don’t mean “simple” as a derogatory term, but rather a wine that does not inspire deep thought, reflection and … Read moreA Cool Trader Joe’s “Porch Pounder” with a Tiny Price

Costco has the Wine to Kick Off Rosé Season – Now 1/3rd Off!

Bottle and glass of 2020 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rosé

Fast facts: 2020 Le Charmel Cotes de Provence Rosé, France ($6.89* @ Costco, California – Item #1401944) *price after $3 discount   NEWS FLASH: This has become our favorite pink wine, so it was a nice surprise to find it at Costco discounted by $3 – making a really good value a super, duper high … Read moreCostco has the Wine to Kick Off Rosé Season – Now 1/3rd Off!

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

Wow. A Whole Lotta Vino Bang for $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Bottles and glasses of Taymor Chardonnay (left) and Tenebres GSM - both from Trader Joe's, and both $4.99

Fast facts: 2019 Tenebres GSM, Languedoc, France ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2019 Taymor Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s, California) You long time readers of this blog (thank you!) know how much we love to find great wines that limbo in under the $10 price point. There are a surprising number … Read moreWow. A Whole Lotta Vino Bang for $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

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.

A Tiny Porch Pounder from Trader Joe’s – with a tiny price.

Close up of the Espiral Vinho Verde label from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: Espiral Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal  ($4.49@Trader Joe’s,  California)     “Porch pounder” is a term used in the wine trade to refer to a wine that is easy drinking, relatively inexpensive, and simple.  I don’t mean “simple” as a derogatory term, but rather a wine that does not inspire deep thought, reflection and … Read moreA Tiny Porch Pounder from Trader Joe’s – with a tiny price.

The Best Wine $4.99 Can Buy? You Decide!

The Primitivo on the left, the Aglianico on the right. Both from Epicuro. Both from Trader Joe's. Both $4.99. Most importantly, both are solidly satisfying.

Fast facts: 2018 Epicuro Primitivo, Puglia, Italy ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2018  Epicuro Aglianico, Puglia, Italy ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)    Before we get into the meat of this review, let’s start with this bottom line observation: you arguably can’t find wines made in the U.S. that taste this good at this low a price. … Read moreThe Best Wine $4.99 Can Buy? You Decide!