Trader Joe’s Makes Your TG Dessert Wine Choice as Easy as..Pie!

Trader Joe's store display for Porto Morgado, 10 Years Old Tawny Port

Fast facts: Porto Morgado, 10 Years Old Tawny Port, Douro, Portugal ($10.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   Hard to believe (at least to me) that this is our final post in advance of the 2022 Thanksgiving holiday.  Some of you may still find yourself at your local Trader Joe’s as part of your preparations for your … Read moreTrader Joe’s Makes Your TG Dessert Wine Choice as Easy as..Pie!

Our First Wine Pick in our Countdown to TDay

Bottle and glass of the 2021 Valle de Inez Pinot Noir from Costco, with a sunflower!

Fast facts: 2021 Valle de Inez Pinot Noir, San Luis Obispo, CA ($9.99* @ Costco, California – Item #1374624) *Net price after $10 in store discount   It’s hard to believe, but we will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States in three short weeks.  Then we’re on the slippery slope to … Read moreOur First Wine Pick in our Countdown to TDay

A Trader Joe’s Wine Secret – Revealed!

Bottle and glass of 2019 Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Lot #111, Estate Single Vineyard Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Fast facts: 2019 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Lot #111, Estate Single Vineyard Malbec, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina  ($12.99 @Trader Joe’s; California)   Trader Joe’s does a really good job of of masking who makes most of their exclusive label wines such as this one. So imagine my surprise when I pulled the cork on this … Read moreA Trader Joe’s Wine Secret – Revealed!

Is This the Best $11 Red Wine in America?

Bottle and glass of 2020 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA

Fast facts: 2020 Kirkland Signature Red Blend, Napa Valley, CA ($10.99 @ Costco, California – Item #333110)   Ever heard of a “brand refresh?” It’s a term I heard regularly in my three decades – and counting – in the wine trade. It basically refers to a “facelift” when an existing wine brand gets a … Read moreIs This the Best $11 Red Wine in America?

A Red Wine full of Pleasant Surprises – and just $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Front label of 2020 Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Single Vineyard Syrah, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Fast facts: 2020 Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Single Vineyard Syrah, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina  ($7.99 @Trader Joe’s; California)   Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina, but this … Read moreA Red Wine full of Pleasant Surprises – and just $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

A Whole Lotta Sonoma Chardonnay Goodness – for Just $6.99?!

Costco store display of 2021 Kirkland Signature Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Califorinia - just $6.99

Fast facts: 2021 Kirkland Signature Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California ($6.99 @ Costco, California – Item #514007) Rules are made for breaking, but here is one I tend to subscribe to: avoid wines labeled “merely” California.  I know it sounds like heresy, but hear me out. As a general rule, a wine that is not sub-appelated … Read moreA Whole Lotta Sonoma Chardonnay Goodness – for Just $6.99?!

Goats do Roam…

Store display of 2021 Richebois Côtes du Rhône Village, France ($7.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)

Fast facts: 2021 Richebois Côtes du Rhône Village, France ($7.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   Coat do roan villahj. (That is how it’s pronounced.) While you’d be forgiven for thinking that wines labeled simply Côtes du Rhône are synonymous with Côtes du Rhône Village, there is actually a distinct step up in quality in the latter.  … Read moreGoats do Roam…

Costco has a Perfect Wine for your Late Summer BBQ – for $6.99!

Fast facts: 2020 Kirkland Signature Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina ($6.99 @ Costco, California – Item #1239144)   See that 91 prominently displayed on the foil of that Kirkland Signature Malbec?  That was awarded by the esteemed James Suckling. I am not a slave to others reviews and point systems (heck, I almost always have to deduct … Read moreCostco has a Perfect Wine for your Late Summer BBQ – for $6.99!

GSM-G= This Tasty 90 Point Wine from Costco!

Costco store display for the 2018 Gerard Bertrand Saint Chinian Heritage An 1877, 90 Parker Points for just $9.99

Fast facts: 2018 Gerard Bertrand Saint Chinian Heritage An 1877, Languedoc, France ($9.99 @ Costco, California – Item #661141) We have highlighted a number of Grenache, Syrah Mourvedre (GSM) blends here on these pages.  This particular bottling is just missing Grenache in the cuvee.  But it is no less delcious. To paraphrase George Orwell’s book … Read moreGSM-G= This Tasty 90 Point Wine from Costco!

Your House Wine for Pizza and Pasta Nights

Front label of 2014 Poggio al Casone, Toscana, Italy - $9.99 at Trader Joe's

Fast Facts: 2014 Poggio al Casone, Toscana, Italy ($9.99 @Trader Joe’s in California)   Frankly, every time I take a first sip of this wine I exclaim (often to myself): “I don’t know how they do it!” For starters, this brand is always well-aged. In this case 8 (!) years. That rarely comes cheap.  And … Read moreYour House Wine for Pizza and Pasta Nights