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

Trader Joe’s has Good Sake for Goodness’ Sake

Bottle and glass of Sho Chiku Bai Sake from Trader Joe's

Fast facts: Sho Chiku Bai Sake, Berkeley, Californa ($3.99 @ Trader Joe’s, California)   How good is the QPR on this (rice) wine? Well, a local high-end supermarket (which shall remain nameless) sells it for twice the price.  It’s less than a mile away from our local Trader Joe’s, so yeah, it is worth the … Read moreTrader Joe’s has Good Sake for Goodness’ Sake

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

Picnic building blocks from Trader Joe’s include wines – in a can!

A can of Underwood sparkling rose, a can of Trader Joe's Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps and a can of Underwood Pinot Gris

Fast facts: NV Underwood Pinot Gris, Oregon ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) NV Underwood Rosé Bubbles, Oregon ($5.49 @Trader Joe’s, California NV Sea Salted Saddle Potato Crisps ($1.49 @Trader Joe’s,  California)   I was first introduced to the idea that “form follows function” as a college student encountering the the work of the modern architects and Bauhaus. Simply … Read morePicnic building blocks from Trader Joe’s include wines – in a can!

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!

Transport Yourself to Italy for Under $10 and Save Thousand$ – Thanks Trader Joe’s!

2014 Fior di Vino Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy & 2017 Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Remarkably good, remarkably cheap, and a perfect pairing with weeknight fare. Fast facts: 2014 Fior di Vino Chianti Classico Riserva, Italy ($6.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) 2017 Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($4.99 @Trader Joe’s,  California) Perhaps not surprisingly, we taste a lot of different wines in our house.  And every now and then we like one … Read moreTransport Yourself to Italy for Under $10 and Save Thousand$ – Thanks Trader Joe’s!