On Monday I received an email from Trader Joe’s promoting their Trader Joe’s Ten For The Tasting (pdf). When it first arrived I was worried that they had finally decided to produce a Trader Joe’s Top 10 Wine List of their own. Lucky me, looks like they are just trying to move some product. Here are the ten wines on their list:
1. Albero Sparkling White
2. Villa Cerrina Chard/Pinot Grigio
3. Kono Sauvignon Blanc
4. Albero Organic Tempranillo
5. Flore De Moscato
6. Pouilly Fumé
7. VINTJS Sauvignon Blanc
8. VINTJS Pinot Noir
9. Domaine Alfred Syrah
10. Howell Mountain Cabernet
I had actually been tipped off to some of these offerings a bit earlier via the insider scope from DP here. In the spirit of ten, I decided to make a list of my own. Some of their choices, some I’ve had before and others that I bought on association. My total bill? $76.40 which, for me honestly, is on the expensive side at $7.60 per bottle for Trader Joe’s. Hoping I got some good stuff so stay tuned for reviews. Now let’s get to the details:
The first 3 are from the above mentioned Trader Joe’s Ten for Tasting List:
- 2005 Howell Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ($15) – You could easily pay $60+ for this one. Needless to say I am looking forward to trying it tomorrow (suppose to be tonight but crab cakes replaced steak…) at a quarter of the cost!
- 2008 VINTJS Sauvignon Blanc ($6) – After watching many of my fellow bloggers enjoy the St. Supery as part of Twitter Taste Live Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley was top of mind. Couple that with this one being a blend of Sauvignon Blanc (78%) and Semillion (22%), a combination I feel in love with years back in New Zealand on my honeymoon, and this one was an easy choice.
- 2008 Flore de Moscato ($5) – I was thinking I needed a white dessert wine in the fridge and then this, more or less, appeared in my inbox. This one is a blend of Orange Muscat & Muscat Canelli. Vinography’s vote for orange wine didn’t hurt the cause either…
The next 3 were wines I had previously tried that I wanted to revisit:
- NV Porto Morgado Ruby Port ($7) – A nice companion for the white dessert wine this port is, as I previously said, “a perfect low cost option for dessert wine when you have friends over. Taste good and lets the conversation flow.”
- 2008 Caretaker Pinot Noir ($10) – I tried this one fresh into the bottle and felt the potential and wanted to revisit once it had a chance to settle. Thinking it now has and the recent comments are raising my expectations.
- 2008 Honey Moon Viognier ($5) – A wine I’ve long enjoyed but somehow never reviewed (until yesterday). Some may call it too sweet or syrupy. I call it the perfect alternative for red wine, given its full body, on a hot summer night.
The last 4 were bought on positive associations:
- 2007 Dr. Jebediah Drinkwell’s Meritage ($9) – Another product of the Central Coast Wine Warehouse which has produced some gems. A bit pricey but given my experiences with the Franc Merlot, Pancake Cellars and the above mentioned Caretaker Pinot I wanted to give this one a try.
- 2008 Picton Bay Pinot Noir ($8) – I have an affinity for New Zealand. I have an infinity for Pinot Noir. Even more so for finding nice ones for <$10. Given my experience with the Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc (which I thought was $6 and now appears to be $8) this one was a no brainer.
- 2007 Shannon Ridge Zinfandel ($6) – I’m always on the lookout for an easy drinking affordable Zinfandel and have been a fan of those I’ve experienced from Lake County especially the Beringer Clear Lake Zinfandel. Suggested retail price on this one per the winery website is $19, promising at a third of the cost.
- 2008 Shannon Ridge Wrangler Rose ($6) – My pursuit for a summer rose goes on. Given the Zin was the same price this seemed a bit pricey. Still, recommended retail is $16 per the site and it is a screwcap so what the heck…
Let me know if you decide to taste any of those I passed on or if I might be missing some of your other summer favorites. Cheers!