Gone are Trader Joe’s days when the only thing anyone knows about his wine is “Two Buck Chuck.” The beloved niche grocer has become a serious source of everyday wines at unbeatable prices. Since we’re aiming to cut down on trips to the store, why not create a mix-and-match case of some (or all) of these Trader Joe’s wines to keep on hand in the coming warm months!? With the help of some TJ’s wine aficionado friends and SB team members, here are 10 Trader Joe’s wines for less than $15 (plus an additional two if you’re in the mood to splurge).
10 Best Trader Joe’s Wines for Less Than $15
A few tidbits for wine shopping at Trader Joe’s:
- Most locations have more than 100 wines for less than $6. A low price does not always indicate low quality.
- There’s no case discount like at wine stores, so get however many bottles you want! At Joe’s prices, you’re already scoring a deal.
- Ask employees for their favorite and which bottles have been flying off the shelves.
- If you try and love a bottle and find it’s often out of stock, call your local TJ’s and see if they can order or save you a case.
Rascal Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon | $11.99
I almost don’t want to let this secret out. I love this Pinot so much, and I never spot a better price than at TJ’s! Oregon Pinots are just so juicy, light, delicious and easy to drink. The light-to-medium-bodied Rascal is both peppery and smooth and can be enjoyed on its own with a good book or paired with pasta, charcuterie or steak. The best part? The winemakers donate a portion of the proceeds to the Humane Society of the United States (more HERE).
Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages
Beaujolais-Villages, France | $10
This is one of those ubiquitously loved, well-rounded reds I always snag before checking out. The Gamay grapes lend juicy flavors of strawberry, cherry and plum with some subtle spice afternotes. It’s light enough to drink with seafood but structured enough to take on beef. This is all-in-all a fabulous value wine for weeknight dinners at home. Decant and let it air for at least 30 minutes to fully experience the earthiness and tannins.
La Paca Sonriente Garnacha
Calatayud, Spain | $7
This Spanish Garnacha is smooth, dry and fruity with a peppery, smoky finish that gives just enough pizzazz to make you doublecheck the price. This mellow, earthy red is perfect in a pitcher of sangria or on the patio at happy hour. And again — be sure to let this breathe before imbibing!
Badet Clement Pontificis GSM
Languedoc-Rousillon, France | $7
I have to say, the impressive label matches the tastiness inside, but the price doesn’t. This is a GSM (short-hand for a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) from the Rhone Valley in the South of France, so you get the rich fruitiness of Grenache with the spicy qualities of Syrah and the darker fruit flavor and structure of Mourvedre.
Phigment Red Wine Blend
California | $6
This blend hits all the right notes and tastes like it belongs on the $15 to $20 shelf. It’s a full-bodied, easy-drinking fusion of California grapes (unidentified on the bottle, but could be Cab and Zin). Grab a few bottles of this to keep on hand for summer meals of grilled meats and savory cheese.
SPLURGE: Le Fiacre du Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France | $20
Make a tasty impression at your next dinner party or the next time you need a host/hostess gift. This fancy French varietal is an interesting find at Trader Joe’s and worth the higher (for TJ’s) price tag. Approachable yet complex, this Châteauneuf-du-Pape can hang with some of the world’s best wines at about half the cost of its Burgundy neighbors.
WHITES: CRISP TO CREAMY
Espiral Vinho Verde
Vinho Verde, Portugal | $5
This is far and beyond the most buzzed-about white wine steal at Trader Joe’s. This crisp, refreshing white has a touch of sparkling bubbles, so you can drink it on its own or mix it in with a spritzer for a fun summer concoction.
Big Churn Chardonnay
Napa Valley, California | $7
“I don’t typically like chardonnay, but I love this one,” is a line I hear multiple times from Trader Joe’s wine shoppers. This bottle gives you all the oakiness and buttery flavor California chardonnays promise, but with a unique, crisp, peppery finish. Even if you veer away from big chardonnays, try this one. A close second I haven’t seen in many Trader Joe’s (but I know some carry it!) is the Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay — my favorite ever.
Floriana Grüner Veltliner
Hungary | $7
If I see a Grüner Veltliner on a restaurant wine list or in a wine shop, I typically pick it. This Hungarian option (this varietal almost always comes from Austria) is full of bright fruit, honey and citrus flavors. It couples with practically any spicy food and fits with any season, not just summer. Try a Grüner Veltliner next time you see one, even if you typically stick to reds.
SPLURGE: Lacheteau Pouilly-Fumé
Upper Loire, France | $15.99
For fans of French-style Sauvignon Blanc, this is great bang-for-your-buck Pouilly-Fumé. The bright citrus notes of grapefruit, lemon and melon make it a standout summer pick to enjoy with oysters or white meat. If your local Trader Joe’s is out of this one, check for Caves des Perrieres Pouilly-Fumé. It’s a few bucks cheaper and just as tasty.
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REFRESHING ROSÉ & SPARKLING
Emma Reichart Rosé
Nahe, Germany | $5.99
TJ’s has a fabulous selection of affordable rosé. Since I typically save my splurges for reds and certain whites (like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc), I love finding a crowd-pleaser at this price point. The slightly fruity sweetness is balanced out with a citrusy tart flavor. Stock up on this one for warm weather get-togethers and backyard hangs. For the price, it’s a steal!
Cecilia Beretta Prosecco
Treviso, Italy | $8.99
For the champagne lovers out there, you must try this super high-value prosecco. Prosecco is basically Italian champagne. It undergoes a different fermentation process that allows the price per bottle to dip lower than its French rival. This Trader Joe’s option is dry, not-t00-sweet, bubbly, and perfect for celebrating or sipping.
Cheers to Trader Joe’s robust and ever-evolving selection of wines that blow us away without blowing up our wallets!
All photos by StyleBlueprint staff unless otherwise noted.
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