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5 Bottles of Cheap But Totally Awesome Trader Joe’s Wine

trader-joe-wines“Cheap” gets a bad rap sometimes. I mean, I get it. Who wants to be “cheap”?  Cheap can mean low quality and not very delicious. But when it comes to wine, I’m kind of a connoisseur of the cheap bottles. Scratch that, I’m obsessed with finding the best value I can for less than $15 — bonus if it’s less than $10. And after combing through the Trader Joe’s wine section (you know how I feel about TJ’s!) and trying so many bottles (it’s a hard job but someone has to do it), here are the five bottles that I genuinely enjoy, recommend and uncork on the reg.

5 Bottles of Trader Joe’s Wine That Are Awesome — and Cheap

1. La Granja 360 Garnacha Syrah. My husband I affectionately call this wine “the Granj.” And for $4.99, you simply can’t do better for a medium-bodied red wine at a lower price point. Out of Spain, it’s a little fruity but also a little spicy and pairs well with Mexican food and anything with heat. If you’re good to spend a couple more dollars, the La Granja Tempranillo is a darn good buy, too. And the Verdejo Viura is a white we buy from the Trader Joe’s wine department all the time. You can’t beat the everyday drinking value of this brand!
2. Tuella Douro DOC. Oh, Portugal. You make delicious wines, and this is one of them. A blend of touriga franca, tinta barroca and tinto cao, it’s nice and full with some fruit, some spice and everything nice. This is a true crowd-pleaser, and at $6.99 a bottle, you can afford to get a case. Great for entertaining!
3. The Pass Sauvignon Blanc. If you love sauv blancs that have a lot of grapefruit in them, THIS IS YOUR WINE. (And I would know, because I’m obsessed with grapefruit and therefore obsessed with this wine.) From Marlborough in New Zealand, it’s crisp, dry and goes fabulously with salad and any sharp cheese. Also goes well with sunshine. And for $8.99, it’ll feel like Christmas for your wine-loving soul every time you pick up a bottle.


Haha, I photobombed myself.

4. Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel. I ADORE this wine and winery. It’s been one of our faves in Paso Robles and just provides so much value and tastiness. This zin is big and bold and smooth and round and just wonderful. (You might just call it peachy, har har.) It’s more of a splurge at $12.99 a bottle, but it’s still way affordable and is such a value. If you see it in your Trader Joe’s wine section, snap it up ’cause they go fast. 
5. La Ferme Julien. I love this rose so much that I wrote a whole post about it. Sure, it’s not the best rose on the planet, but at $5.99 a bottle, I challenge you to find something better at the same price point. It’s bright, dry, summery and there’s a goat on the label. Need I say more?
What “cheap” Trader Joe’s wine do you love? Leave me a comment — I’d love to add to this list! —Jenn

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  1. Midge Morris says:

    Wishflower, Icy cold!! Try it..I tend to like whites,,oh, and their cheaper prosecco with a bit of peach nectat..heaven

  2. Darwyn Hackney says:

    Parasphere Zinfindel at a Trader Joes

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