Fast Facts: 2021 Merlot, Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Lot #123, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California ($12.99 @Trader Joe’s in California) I was really excited to get this wine home and try it. The reason was it had three things going against it. Conversely, this meant this was a wine that had promise … Read moreOur WoW! A Trader Joe’s Triple Threat Delivers the Goods
Fast Facts: 2022 Italo Cescon, Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy ($12.99 @Costco in California – Item #717775) Since 1957, Italo Cescon has been producing wines in the beautiful region of Veneto, Italy. Today, the family continues to cultivate in the same region to bring that same joy and great taste to the table. The Cescon … Read moreThink You Don’t Like Pinot Grigio? Think Again!
Fast Facts: 2022 Pinot Noir, Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Lot #124, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($12.99 @Trader Joe’s in California) Thirsty Thursday has rolled around again, and it is time for another Wine of the Week (WoW!). Let’s get started… In a post a few weeks ago, we were railing about how mediocre most Pinot … Read moreA Whole Lotta Pinot for $12.99 – Introducing TJ’s Lotta #124
Fast Facts: 2022 Cabernet Franc, Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve, Paso Robles, California ($7.99 @Trader Joe’s in California) …and let’s be frank: you just don’t see many bottlings of straight up Cabernet Franc – unless you are standing in a Winery Tasting Room. Cab Sauv? Sure. Cab Franc. Not so much… So that is what … Read moreTrader Joe’s Sez: “Let’s Be Franc”
Fast Facts: 2022 Lucien Raimbault Pineau Exception, Sancerre, France ($16.99 @Costco in California – Item #1749206) I’m feeling a bit like the forlorn Jack in a Box on the Island of Misfit Toys as it wails: “we might as well go to bed” when it believes that Santa isn’t coming for them. But then … Read moreCostco’s Substitute Sancerre is a Nice Surprise
Fast facts: 2022 Amuse Bouche, Pétillant Naturel, Sparkling White Wine, France ($11.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California) Sometimes it seems like there is very little new in the wine market. Then something like this comes along. But it’s actually not very new, after all. Read on… Let’s assume you have never even heard of a Pét-nat … Read morePet Nat Wines are Having a Moment – Wait, What?
Fast Facts: 2022 Kirkland Signature Côtes de Provence Rosé, Provence, France ($7.99 @Costco in California – Item #1133993) Another nice price discount from Costco – the 2019 vintage of this wine was $9.99. A 20% reduction in price, in an era of inflation, is as refreshing as this wine is. But don’t wait if … Read morePour. Sip. Repeat. A Refreshing High QPR Rosé from Costco