Is that $5 Trader Joe’s Chianti too good to be true? As long-time Trader Joe’s shoppers, we’ve had plenty of wines that punched well above their price — and quite a few disappointing bottles as well. Avoid wine aisle angst with this list of the best Trader Joe’s wines, all of which we’ve confirmed to be in stores as of February 2019.
To decide which wines would make the cut, we turned to the largest wine review site, Vivino. Here, thousands of customers have posted ratings for Trader Joe’s wines.
To note: mass-market brands such as Korbel and Castle Rock are excluded from this list. If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably seen or had those brands before and don’t need us to tell you about them.
Ruggero di Bardo Susumaniello ($9.99)
Don’t be intimidated by the name. This rare varietal hailing from the south of Italy is a steal at $9.99. Drinkers love its rich, dark fruit, vanilla, and oaky notes, which are balanced by good acidity and tannins. Many even went so far as to say this was their favorite wine from Trader Joe’s.
Schloss Biebrich Rosé Sekt ($5.99)
Schloss Biebrich might not be the most complex sparkling wine, but its price tag is hard to beat. Drinkers loved its refreshing crispness, light notes of strawberry, and dry finish. This wine appears to be created exclusively for Trader Joe’s.
Badet Clement Pontificis (Viognier – Marsanne – Rousanne) ($6.99)
Elegant aromatics, Chardonnay-like roundness, and clean minerality make the Pontificis a favorite of Trader Joe’s shoppers. Tasting notes included stone fruit, honeysuckle, and a hint of creaminess due to lees aging.
La Coqueluche Rosé ($5.99)
With its unassuming label and price point, it’s easy to overlook La Coqueluche Rosé. However, drinkers consistently love its refreshing, crisp acidity and delicate aromatics of strawberry and rhubarb.
2014 Pasqua Amarone della Valpolicella ($19.99)
The first thing to know about this wine is that even though it’s $19.99, it’s usually $30-40 elsewhere. So the price is on the high end for Trader Joe’s, but it’s actually heavily discounted. Wine enthusiasts loved the depth of flavors, including black cherry, blackberry, raisin and vanilla, as well as its rich tannins and smooth finish.
The selection of wines at Trader Joe’s is always evolving. We’ll continue to put update this list as the wines change.