The cat's been out of the bag regarding our feelings on Trader Joe's — and our obsession remains undying. This bargain grocery chain is the stuff that our foodie-on-a-budget life is built atop. Without it we would surely crumble. Whether in the market for an affordable
frozen feast, cult-favorite snack, or even just a banana (seriously, they were rated a top product of 2016), TJ's has it all. Leading us to what may be the best part about that "all" — the wine.
This section of our supermarket superhero is not to be overlooked. And if you're in the blessed vicinity of a wine store location, we have three major reasons why you should check it out. First, it's cheap (i.e. the majority of bottles clock in around $10). Second, the selection is refreshingly eclectic (e.g. vineyards hailing across California, France, Hungary, Italy, and more). And last, but not least, the tasting notes are quality — you just need to know which ones to snatch and hoard in your cart. So we've gone ahead and rounded up nine of TJ's finest. From whites to reds and Europe to South America, perfect any occasion you choose. We're ready to pop the cork and sip on these steals.
Bring a bottle of this smooth Grand Reserve Pinot Noir to your Thanks- and Friendsgiving tables for a sure sipping success.
TJ’s Grand Reserve Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highland, $12.99, available at Trader Joe's.
TJ's has all your holiday party needs covered with this 1.5 liter bottle of bubbly.
Icanto Prosecco, $12.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This complex but affordable Spanish red from TJ's has major black cherry flavor with a punchy spice finish.
Albada Viñas Viejas Garnacha, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Pair your next chicken dinner with a bottle of this zesty and fruit forward Sauvignon Blanc.
VINTJS Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This bottle is a rebuttal of the buttery notes usually associated with California chards — it instead boasts dry fruit flavors with just a hint of a crisp oak finish.
Rebuttel Chardonnay, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
TJ's serves a vintage steal with this 2014 South Australian red blend; the tasting notes boast sweet cherry, cranberry, blackcurrant, plum, cedar, and a hint of warm spices.
Billy’s Shadow Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot, $8.99, available at Trader Joe’s.
This lightly sweet wine also packs just the right amount of an effervescent punch — plus the price tag isn't too shabby. Scoop up a bottle to serve with dessert at your next dinner affair!
Villa Alena Moscato d'Asti, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
An American-made, Bordeaux-style red blend that boasts a bit of full bodied bite with a sweet and spicy finish.
TJ's Petit Reserve Meritage Paso Robles 2014, $7.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Having trouble deciding between red or white during these seasonally transitional times? Pick up a bottle each of TJ's Coastal duo for the best of both worlds — and for a $10 total steal.
Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay, $4.99 each, available at Trader Joe's.
This specially six-month, oak-aged sip from TJ's is worth the over $10 price tag — especially when paired with a pasta feast.
TJ's Grand Reserve Chardonnay Santa Lucia, $12.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This German wine blend is sweetly fruit forward with a refreshing fizzy finish.
Secco Mango Mangocini, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
A combination of Cabernet and Merlot make up this crisp, berry-infused rosé — sweet, dry, and as aromatic as an under $7 summer day.
Les Portes de Bordeaux Rosé, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
A Garnacha and Syrah blend come together to create black cherry and raspberry flavor magic — pair this bargain bottle with your next pasta feast.
Agostón, Garnacha & Syrah, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's
Splurge on the cheese spread for your next summer evening affair (and not the wine) — this crisp, citrusy, and affordable bottle 0f TJ's rosé will make a mean compliment.
La Promenade Rosé, $9.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This cool California chardonnay and packs a major flavor punch of sweet pear and apple.
Big Churn Chardonnay, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
If Horse Heaven is anything like the tasting notes of this sauvignon blanc (i.e. grapefruit, melon, lime, orange, AND mango), then we'd all like to go to Horse Heaven.
Horse Heaven Hills Petit Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Tobacco, cherry, and black currant make up just a few hints of the unique flavor profile from this affordable TJ's cab sauv — pair a bottle with a plate of steak tacos this weekend.
Long Live Liberté Cabernet Sauvignon, $9.99, available at Trader Joe's.
With fruity hints of pineapple, white peach, and banana, this crisp chardonnay gives off some majorly tropical summer vibes.
Caretaker Chardonnay Central Coast 2016, $9.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Get your summer water consumption started with this cheap, crisp, and refreshing berry-forward bottle from TJ's — pair it with a cheese spread, some seafood, or just the sunset (
wink, wink). St. Sagnol Rosé, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
A combo of four French grapes makes this bottle of white stand out from the rest — and with a crisp summery finish, the taste soars high above the price tag.
La Ferme Julien Blanc, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Pinot Noirs can be just as easy summer sipping as rosés — pair this budget bottle from Oregon with a juicy cheeseburger at your next cookout.
Petiole Pinot Noir, $9.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Made with two separate grapes from Sonoma vineyards, this chardonnay is best sipped before supper.
TJ's Reserve Chardonnay Sonoma County 2014, $9.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Sip a chilled bottle of this Californian rosé for just under $5 — it pairs nicely with fresh salads, grilled seafood, and meat (so, summer in a nutshell).
Loma Negra Rosé, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This crisp Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has subtle hints of jalapeño, lime, and green apple — sip it solo or with a mean cheese spread.
Kidia Sauvignon Blanc, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's.
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Pick up a pack of TJ's brand new canned wine in refreshing white or rosé — ideal for all your upcoming fun in the sun.
Simpler Wines Canned White & Rosé, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
TJ's Grifone rosé is crisp and fruity without being overly sweet; the ideal under $5 warm weather refresher.
Grifone Rosé, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This dry and bright green-white wine sings in spring with fresh notes of melon and apple — with a bit of bubbly effervescence to boot.
Espiral Vinho Verde, $4.49, available at Trader Joe's.
This bold, fruit-forward pinot boasts creamy hints of vanilla and pairs delectably with a cheesy charcuterie spread.
Sphere Monterey County Pinot Noir, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
It's officially springtime, y'all — and you know what that means? Rosé-time.
Josefina Syrah Rosé, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Pontificis' French white has a delicate finish with fresh floral and fruity notes — ideal for sipping over your upcoming spring suppers.
Pontificis Viognier-Roussanne-Marsanne, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This Chilean Cab-Sauv sips like a true Californian with bold hints of dark fruits layered on top of a creamy vanilla-mocha finish — serve it up at your next steak (or pasta) dinner.
Denada Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, $7.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Having a Friday fish feast? Pick up a bottle (or five) of this balanced Italian Pinot with hints of fruit and crisp citrus.
Grifone Organic Pinot Grigio, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
TJ's also does rosé all day with this California grenache — sweet and tangy with notes of ripened raspberries and cherries.
Green Fin Grenache Rosé, $4.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This California red blend has fresh notes of raspberries and strawberries with hints of toasted oak. For just under $4, it's less than $1 a glass.
Terrain Vineyards 2014 Red Blend, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's.
An Italian Pinot Grigio, Villa Sonia's 2013 bottle is light, crisp, and less than that cocktail you bought last night.
Villa Sonia Pinot Grigio, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's.
This wine is not
actually black, it's still a red — but a very dark, rich, red with fruity tasting notes and a spicy finish. Serve it at your next seance. Moon X Black Pinot Noir, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
We're used to seeing bordeaux wines in reds, but leave it to TJ's to deliver us something out of the ordinary. Pick up a bottle of the Chateau de Sequin's white with a light-floral and tart-citrus finish.
Chateau de Sequin Sauvignon de Sequin Bordeaux, $6.99, available at Trader Joe's.
A California Pinot, Cherry Blossom is bursting with the taste of rich berries and chocolate — and again, costs less than your morning latte.
Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir, $3.99, available at Trader Joe's.
Pacific Grove's Chardonnay is a small-batch, barrel-aged wine with crisp and creamy tasting notes. Serve this up with your favorite shellfish dish.
Pacific Grove Chardonnay, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's.
TJ's Petite Reserves are special wines offered at special prices (a.k.a quality for cheap). This Zinfandel boasts a peppery spice with bold raspberry and cherry flavor.
Paso Robles Zinfandel, $7.99, available at Trader Joe's.
A Hungarian-hailing Veltliner (we didn't know what that was either), Floriana's bottle is similar in taste to a Sauvignon Blanc — but with a little extra crispness.
Floriana Grüner Veltliner, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's.