Trader Joe's List Top 10 Wines


Trader Joe’s Wines – Top 10 Wine List

....complements of Jason's Wine Blog

2007 Trentatre Rosso1. 2007 Trentatre Rosso($6) – A wine that has grown on me with every bottle. I am now smitten with this well balanced effort that offers a very nice finish to boot. Supplies are waning and I’ve been grabbing every bottle I can find…

2. 2007 Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles ($5) – If my readers haven’t emptied stores of this one by now you may still have a chance to get some. The only reason this didn’t make the top spot is the high ABV%. That said, I just grabbed another case of this a few days back. Fantastic stuff!

3. 2008 Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc ($7) – I’ve yet to try the Marlborough (91 points from the Wine Spectator) or the Russian River but already stocked up on all three. Pretty soon I intend to do a blind tasting of the lot. Can I pick out the differences in terroir? Stay tuned!

4. 2008 VINTJS Syrah ($7) – As I’ve previously mentioned this wine was made by Bob Lindquist of Qupe. Given how much I’ve enjoyed those wines I was tickled to find this one. I put a case in the cellar which I plan on checking in on in 3 years or so…

5. 2007 Now & Zen Wasabi White ($5) – Another one I’ve enjoyed more with each bottle, this is a perfect pairing for a spicy Thai or Indian dish. I’ve got a few more bottles waiting in the rack for this situtation.

6. 2007 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve ($7) – Another I’ve been enjoying vintage after vintage. I’m a big fan of the GSM comnination. My latest post was the ‘05. The ‘07 shows nice fruit and pepper/herbal aromas. Still haven’t had better for the money!

7. 2008 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere ($8) – I’m sipping this one as I type and think it deserves an even higher rating. A wine I’ve often called “old dependable” as I have been enjoying this for more vintages than I can remember dating back to my pre-blogging days. The first recorded instance is the ‘05 vintage. The ‘08 shows smoky meat and herbal notes (eucalyptus?) that merge with a dried cherry finish. A nice structure throughout. Never hesitate to grab this one…

8. 2006 Chiusa Grande Tommolo Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo ($5) – A wine that has disappointed few and delivers vintage after vintage. Tart cherries on the nose that make it to the palate with a light tannic, tingly finish. A perfect match for spaghetti and meatballs.

9. 2008 La Granja Tempranillo ($4) – Another I have been drinking with regularity. Apparently this one is a take on “when pigs can fly”. Showing soft rounded fruit up front that leads to a dry, herbal mid-palate and a tongue smacking finish. I’ve already had nearly a case of this one and still have the racks loaded.

10. 2007 Dr. Beckermann Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Spatlese ($5) – Yet another long time fave, I’ve been enjoying this one since the‘05 vintage. This one now as some competition on the scene with the Now & Zen but is providing a slightly sweeter alternative that is still appealing in this household.

Others of Interest– these crossed my mind as I was writing the latest Top 10… Epicuro Aglianico ($5), Down Under Chardonnay ($3),VINTJS Chardonnay ($7), King Shag Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc($7), Bogle Petite Sirah ($9), Archero Nero d’ Avola Ruggero di Tasso($4), Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc ($8), 2008 Honey Moon Viognier ($5), Callabriga Dao Red ($9)

Special Selections– for those looking for bubbly or dessert…
Bubbly: NV Zonin Prosecco Brut ($6) or NV RSVP Brut Sparkling ($6).
Dessert: NV Porto Morgado Ruby Port ($7)


  1. Great list from a great blog. I also really like Trader Joe's own Central Coast Zinfandel. It's fruit forward and yummy.

  2. La Finca Malbec $3.99 and delcious. Great with red meats!

  3. Hi..quick question. Is there a boidynamic/organic wine in the bunch and if so any reds?
    Thanks much!

  4. Loved the Black Mountain Sauvignon Blanc. Would buy a case if I could get it shipped to Utah. This wine is mild, smooth and has a buttery quality. Excellent and well priced at about $6 or $7 a bottle

  5. Good picks! I'm a fan of the Paso Robles Estate Late Harvest Moscato and the Grower's Reserve Petite Sirah, among others. The Viña Zaco Tempranillo Rioja is good too, but the 2007 vintage was a little better than '08.

    @Anonymous 3-13-10: The Petite Sirah is made with organically grown grapes, though I'm not sure if the wine itself is organic.

  6. Terrenal Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Both are $3.99 and are fantastic with a barbequed steaks.

  7. all of the panilonco reds are good. the finish is not very desirable and structure is not there. however, the essense of the wines are intact and for the price, it's good stuff.


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