Let’s be honest: I’m down for a glass of wine on any day that ends in Y. A good bottle of wine pairs well with just about any occasion. Celebrating a promotion? Wine. Mending a broken heart? Wine. Standing alone at a bar and unsure of what to do with your hands? Wine. Still coping with the Friends finale 15 years later? Wine. Cheese? Wine.
There are only two things that I love more than hearing the crisp pop of a wine cork after a long day of hustling at the office: a sweet deal and my good pal Trader Joe. Trader Joe’s is home to an impressive selection of vino, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel a bit overwhelmed when deciding on what bottle to add to a grocery cart that’s already bursting at the seams.
I’m no expert in wine, but I do believe that I’m a solid representative for those of us who are looking for a good time whilst ballin’ on a budget. After years of trial, error, recommendations, and scouring the World Wide Web for the most deliciously affordable bottles of wine, I’ve compiled a list of favorites that keep my wallet and inner wine snob happy. One day, I’ll reach for Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame at TJ’s ($131.99) and I’ll know that I’ve made it. Until then, you can find me blissfully shopping this list of my favorite TJ’s wine for under $10. Cheers!
Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Meritage Paso Robles (Red, Paso Robles)
Les Portes de Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc (White, France)
Floriana Grüner Veltliner 2017 (White, Hungary)
La Ferme Julien Rosé (Rosé, France)
Big Churn Chardonnay (White, California)
Grifone Pinot Grigio (White, Italy)
Grifone Primitivo (Red, Italy)
Terrain Vineyards Red Blend (Red, California)
Moon X Black Pinot Noir (Red, California)
Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Red, Italy)
Louise d’Estree Brut (Sparkling White, France)
Espiral Vinho Verde (White, Portugal)
Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc (White, New Zealand)