Trader Joe’s Holdiay Guide 2009

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…

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.

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12 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Holdiay Guide 2009

  1. I too was put off by the $13 price tag for a TJ’s label but was too intrigued by the varietal. I grabbed one bottle but have yet to open.

  2. I decided to splurge on the PV. I know, I know, it’s usually used for blends but I was intrigued. The Frequent Flyer calls it “a deep and powerful wine.” It starts out with some weight to it, and it’s a bit fruity but then it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere—not much of a finish. I can’t say it was worth the $13. But I can’t resist trying new wines.

  3. Well, the last TJ’s Reserve Petit Verdot was delicious and I grabbed a couple for this one for myself before they vanished. I’ll let y’all how it tastes with the Xmas eve steak dinner.

  4. A friend served RSVP Champagne last night. Without a doubt the best 5.99 champagne I have ever tasted. I do know champagne with my favorite being any bottle by Krug, but this tasted like a very good 20 to 30 dollar bottle of French wine. If it is not sold out, get all you can.

    Chuck

  5. BARGAIN ALERT!
    Hey, the 2007 Cellier du Rhone CdP, which is delicious, was just reduced from $19.99 to $9.99, at least in Northern CA. I know I’ll be picking up at least one for myself. Oh the layers of flavor… : ) Yeah, it ain’t Grand Cru, but I can do $10 easier than $35-75.

    BTW, the 2006 Liberte Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles ($9.99), the Sebastopol Hills, Pinot Noir ($9.99) and the 2007 Cambria Pinot Noir ($16) are all yummy and worth checking out.

    Now, should I bring the CdP, the Cab or the Petit Verdot for dinner at Mom’s? Hmm, maybe all three and let my brother decide what sounds good.

    Everyone have a Cool Yule!

  6. The Cellier du Rhone CdP was the hit of the dinner and my family polished off the bottle while leaving the Cab & Petit Verdot alone.
    Gotta agree about the Petit. It does do a disappearing act on the finish but I really like the flavors and it went very well with my sister-in-law’s homemade Oreo truffles. Now all I have to do is drink and cook with the leftovers this coming week. Still working on one of the last of my two bottle of ’07 Castle Rock Pinot Noir as well. Really nice with salami.

  7. Angela/Chuck I decided to grab a bottle of the RSVP and was pleasantly surprised. Very frothy to start, it shows nice lemon flavors with acidity to balance on the finish.

    As for the CdP, I’ve struck out at two stores, hitting a 3rd tomorrow am. I grabbed a bottle of the Sebastopol Hills last week and am looking forward to it. Have you had it yet? I also got a tip from DP that a TJ’s Grand Reserve Pinot from Monterrey will arrive shortly for only $7. Keeping my fingers crossed it is a good one!

    Glad to hear the fam was a fan of the CdP, we had the 2004 Rosenblum Heritage Clone San Francisco Bay Petite Sirah which as always was a big hit and this time a perfect match for the prime rib with scalloped potatoes. Happy holidays to you!

  8. The 2007 Cellier du Rhone CdP is also out of stock at the TJ’s in my part of SoCal. However, a TJ clerk assures me that a re-supply should be delivered and on the shelves by this Tuesday, 12/29. The reason for the price reduction, the TJ clerk tells me, is that the label shape doesn’t conform to the bottle’s shape causing a label glitch.

    Since you’ve been talking about family dinner menus from 12/25, I’d like to add my two cents by saying that my family gathering enjoyed a 2003 Soda Canyon Ranch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa) with bacon wrapped filet mignon, stuffed mushrooms and grllled eggplant/zuccini slathered in pesto sauce.

    Happy New Year!

  9. After a nice chat with my local TJ’s wine (who was very confident in this Grand Reserve Petit Verdot), I decided to give it a try. Even though I was a bit apprehensive, I bought four bottles as I had roughly 4o family/friends coming over for Christmas.

    Simply put…, it was delicious. I tasted just after corking and I sampled another bottle after letting it breath for a full 24 hours. It had a bit more zest with very little breathing and mellowed a bit after 24 hours. I’ll let this bottle breath for 2 to 4 hours on my next go round.

    The bouquet is exciting with plenty of berry and life. The wine is deep–plenty of character–and has a splendid rich flavor that was a pleasant companion to the turkey and would also be a great rib eye date. It has a nice balance of tannins and goes down with a smooth finish.

    I went back today and bought all 11 remaining bottles on the shelf. I think this bottle will mature nicely and continue to get more velvety with time.

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