Trader Joe's has some of the best wines at the best prices. Obviously, every person likes different things, but my blog is to show you what I like, what suits my tastes, and just give you my personal suggestions.
Now, the first wine I discovered definitely turns heads and it's because of its CRAZY label not its low price or ruby red color! Many people tasted this wine at TJ's wine tasting table and loved it; however, because of the label they wouldn't buy it. I found the label to be different, exciting, and very captivating which is just one of the reasons I bought it! Benefactor Cellars 2009 is a mixture of 50% Zinfandel, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignane (I personally am drawn to mixes). The color is a dark purple and the smell is acidic (from the cloves and cinnamon) with a hint of berries. The first taste is strong (tannins), but the fullness of the wine and the mixture of berries, cinnamon, and cloves leave your pallet craving another sip. The more you drink this wine the better it gets because the flavors become more pronounced. I would definitely recommend this wine especially at the price of $4.99. I had it with pizza and they went VERY well together.
My new favorite wine at TJ's is Cocobon 2009. It is a lighter wine, but the flavors are so unique that it will keep bringing you back for more. This wine is great to drink by itself. The only negative to this wine is that once TJs sells out of it it is gone (I hate when that happens to my favorites). This wine has flavors of coconut, mocha, and light berries (cherries). If you don't like coconut don't fret because you can barely--if at all--taste the coconut flavors, but having that added to the mix allows the mocha and cherries to taste a little sweeter and nuttier. But don't get the wrong impression this wine is not "sweet" or "too fruity" it has the perfect balance of fruit and light tannins to give a smooth, tasty finish. This wine is comprised of 61% Zinfandel, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah. This wine is just $6.99 at TJ's--while it lasts.
Cristalino Brut Cava (new 2010 label) is a very refreshing sparkling wine that is perfect for any celebration or champagne lover! This wine is very dry and crisp, but has the added sweetness of apples and citrus that make it extremely appetizing. Add a splash of peach snapps to make a sweet Bellini! If you don't like dry sparkling wines then you will not like this one, but for those of you who love sparkling wines this one is a cheap (and not cheap on quality or taste) version of Cristal! $6.99 at Trader Joe's.