I recently grabbed the Trader Joe’s Holiday Guide and took a peek to see what wines were covered inside. What did I find? The latest version of the Rabbit Ridge Allures de Robles ($4.99) was first. I grabbed a half case on sight and intend to publish my review shortly, feel free to grab some for yourself in the mean time. A sparkler, the R.S.V.P. Brut ($5.99) was next. Yet to grab this one that is made in the Methode Champenoise, perhaps I’ll grab it next time to see if I like it better than the Prosecco. Last up was a TJ’s Grand Reserve Petite Verdot ($12.99). Though I am tempted to give this one a try it is a bit more than I am willing to pay for a bottle sporting the Trader Joe’s name on its label. How about any of you? Going to give this one a try? Have you tried any of the others? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Editor’s Note (07-Dec-2009): For those that are looking for even more Trader Joe’s wine recommendations I received their Holiday Wines email today.
Keep in mind these are from the Northern California version of the flyer, check what is in your local version here. Find what Trader Joe’s had to say on each of these below…
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Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles
This is a Rhône style red wine that could only come from Paso Robles. Why? The nutrient-dense, limestone-rich soils produce grapes of great character. And the variety of climate conditions within the region create distinctive flavor profiles that are unquestionably Rhône-esque, but with a definitively Central Coast vibe.
Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles is a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Medium-bodied with strawberry and cherry overtones from the Grenache, the wine inherits an earthiness from the Mourvedre and supple body from the Syrah. Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles is an excellent sipping wine, wonderful with strong cheeses and a natural with roasted meats like our Prime Rib Roast or Frenched Pork Chops. It’s a great value at only $4.99 – only at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s.
R.S.V.P. Brut Sparkling Wine • Only $5.99 a Bottle!
There’s nothing like sparkling wine for celebrations. And if that sparkling wine represents a terrific value, all the more reason to celebrate. R.S.V.P Brut Sparkling Wine from California is made in the Methode Champenoise, the way sparkling wine is made in Champagne, France. We think this technique produces stellar results – in this case, a crisp, dry wine with fine bubbles and subtle flavors of apples, toast and citrus.
The price of $5.99 for a 750 ml bottle makes it even more stellar. We think this wine would be a value at twice that price. We have limited quantities, and when it’s gone, we can’t get any more until we R.S.V.P for next year.
Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Petit Verdot from Napa
We discovered Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Napa Valley Petit Verdot while it was still in barrels. The vintner had intended to blend the wine into a very high profile Cabernet, but decided the wine was worthy of its own bottling. We enthusiastically agreed! In its native Bordeaux, Petit Verdot seldom reaches full maturity due to the relatively short growing season – subsequently, it’s used primarily as a blending grape. In warmer Napa, though,this late-maturing grape thrives, and at the hands of masterful winemakers, becomes a deep, rich, powerful wine. One that you’ll be proud to serve – or to present as a gift.
We have 600 cases of this impressive wine, at the impressive price of $12.99 a bottle. Get it soon, lest your holidays be filled with Petit Verdot longing.