Shopping at TJ’s – Chasing the inside scoop!

Got a tip on a new Trader Joe’s wine, the 2005 XS Red California Cabernet Sauvignon (to which the Hess Family is rumored to be linked), I heard mentioned in a post that ended up in my RSS feed so went out to hunt it down today. I came back with yet another Trader Joe’s bargain hunting story on that one plus 4 additional wines, 3 of which are again repeat buys. Backing up my mouth with my wallet! The three repeats were these:

- 2005 Archero Nero d’ Avola Ruggero di Tasso – I have been meaning to grab a $10 or $15 bottle of Nero d’ Avola to sample the quality difference for the price increase. As I had yet to get around to it decided to grab another one of these.

- 2003 Red Flyer California Red – Because it is good and $3, ‘nuff said.

- 2005 Gravity Hills Base Camp Syrah – This one seemed nice on the first go round just want to be reconvinced!

Also grabbed one new one, the 2003 Gaetano D’Aquino Chianti Riserva (which I snagged for a $5 spot here in CA), based off a recommendation from the Wine Oaf.

Look for new reviews soon and as always let me know if you have any recommendations of your own to share!

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6 thoughts on “Shopping at TJ’s – Chasing the inside scoop!

  1. Jason,

    Quaffed a bottle of Epicuro Anglianico yesterday afternoon and it was excellent. Thanks for the recommendation. Can’t wait to try the XS and, by the way, Go Kings!!

  2. I picked up a bottle of the Epicuro Anglianico this weekend but haven’t given it a try yet. Have you had the Salice Salentino?

    I thought the Gravity Hills Zin was so-so — definitely drinkable, but nothing special. I concur, the Syrah made more of an impression. A fairly rich, meaty flavor for a steal!

  3. robusto, I am finishing up the XS now. If I don’t get it posted tonight I will tomorrow. In a nutshell, manufactured but good! Don’t hesitate to grab a bottle or two…

    Megan, I have had the Salice Salentino. I didn’t care for it as much as the Aglianico. It was a bit more rustic or funky depending on your point of view. That said certainly an interesting experience and worth the $5. I’ve had 3 or 4 bottles, just not worthy of grabbing a case.

  4. Ive had the epicuro in the past-wasnt overwhelmed but a nice wine for the price. Cant wait to try the Xs wine and will still put in a vote for the Red Flyer. For the price its arguably the best wine Ive ever had for an everyday drinker. I compare it to the Ghost Pines can that goes for roughly 20 bucks a bottle. Nice blog BTW and Go Kings!

  5. Thanks for the Pinot suggestions–I will definitely try those–I think I may have had a few but need to revisit them. I concur about the Red Flyer wine–a definite bargain and very fun packaging (I used the bottle as a vase for a little while).

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