6 Best Trader Joe’s Wines Under $10 Each (and 1 That’s the Worst)
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Cheers to affordable Trader Joe’s wine! It’s the best! 🍷
If you’re a fellow wine snob, you probably know that Trader Joe’s is the place to go for affordable red wines, whites, and every other blend under the sun. But with hundreds of enticing wine options, how do you choose the best bottle?
Lucky for you, I did a bit of research and taste-testing on noteworthy blends that are not only very popular store purchases but have also been Trader Joe’s employee-approved. Plus, they’re all under $10!
Here are my 6 Trader Joe’s wine recommendations that I think are the best (and 1 that I’m not a fan of):
1. Emma Reichart Pinot Noir Rosé
Wow, this tasty blend really surprised me! I’m picky when it comes to rosé, but this one came highly recommended by numerous wine connoisseurs and it apparently gets cleaned off the Trader Joe’s shelves FAST.
At first sip, this wine is very crisp and refreshing, with prominent citrus and berry notes that aren’t too overwhelming or tart. It’s dry overall, but very clean and smooth. At just under $6, you might want to pick up an extra bottle or two because this rosé compliments a variety of different foods.
- Price: $5.99
- Taste: Dry, red currant, mildly tart, juicy
- Pairings: light salads, seafood, spicy foods
“This was a last-minute buy from Trader Joe’s, and I will for sure buy again! So smooth, strawberry, peach, lemon, a nice acidic finish that has a sweet bite to it. Rose all day.” – Vivino reviewer
2. Rare Earth Cabernet Sauvignon
Rare Earth’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon has a very bold flavor, making it stand out amongst other affordable cab blends. It has a fruity and vanilla essence with a very smooth finish that reminds me of amaretto flavors.
This medium-bodied blend was so easy to drink! It’s sweet enough to balance out the acidity and smooth enough to pour a second glass. I also love that it’s made with organic grapes and contains fewer sulfites. This is my go-to red wine choice to pair with red meats and Italian dishes!
- Price: $7.99
- Taste: Oaky with notes of black cherries and vanilla
- Pairings: Steak, Burgers, lamb, spaghetti & meatballs, aged cheddar cheese
“This wine is yummy and a hit with my friends as well. Let it sit in the glass or decant for a smoother finish. On my way to pick up a case at Trader Joe’s where it flies off the shelf!” -Vivino reviewer
3. Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
I’m not usually a fan of Sauvignon Blanc because it often tastes too watery and lacks flavor, in my experience. However, Trader Joe’s 2018 Petit Reserve is quite the opposite and came highly recommended by a Trader Joe’s wine connoisseur.
It’s still a very light wine, but the crisp grapefruit flavor is noticeable right away. It also tastes lower in alcohol, making it pretty easy to drink more of. Like all wine, this blend is an acquired taste but if you’re in the mood for something subtle and citrusy, this is a great option, especially during summertime.
- Price: $7.99
- Taste: Crisp and clean with subtle grapefruit and citrus flavors
- Pairings: Flaky fish, dark vegetables, creamy cheeses
“This is really good Sauvignon blanc from Trader Joe’s! Slightly sweet, very crisp, bubbly. Flavors of pear. Tart also. Would be perfect for the summer!” – Vivino reviewer
4. Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir
Cherry Blossom’s Pinot Noir gets a lot of hype and after tasting it, I know why! It’s tart, tangy and a little spicy. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite Pinot Noir of all time, but it’s definitely the best affordable bottle I’ve tasted and I would buy it again.
If I hadn’t seen the price of this Pinot Noir, I would have guessed it was in the $20-$30 range.
- Price: $7.99
- Taste: Tart and dry with distinct chocolate and cherry notes
- Pairings: Salmon, Chicken and creamy pasta dishes, roasted vegetables
“Good value, not too dry, not too sweet. Had a jam flavor which I enjoyed.” – Vivino reviewer
5. Green Fin Red Table Wine
Just getting into red wines? Green Fin’s table wine is the perfect simple blend to start with and not a bad bubble bath sipper if I do say so myself. It’s sweet, fruity, and overall pretty smooth. For an organic grape blend, you really can’t beat the price.
You’ll probably enjoy this one if you prefer sweeter wines. It’s also a great option if you’re hosting a large gathering and want something low-cost, but still tasty.
- Price: $4.99
- Taste: Bold and sweet with lots of fruitiness
- Pairings: Chicken, steak, pizza, any episode of the Bachelor
“For an every day affordable table wine, there is absolutely none better than Green Fin from Trader Joe’s! Smooth and made with organic grapes.” – Vivino reviewer
6. Opaline Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
Ok, this is my new summer favorite! The glitzy bottle was what first caught my eye (yes, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging), but when I heard how popular it was, I was even more excited to taste it.
Crisp, fruity, and delightfully bubbly is how I would describe this sparkling wine. It’s dry, but not too dry and leaves a lingering floral taste in your mouth (in a good way). I highly recommend picking up a bottle or two of Opaline’s Brut Rosé.
- Price: $7.99
- Taste: Light and refreshing with raspberry and citrus overtones
- Pairings: Fish, brie and cured meats, BBQ dishes, brunch food
“Yum! When I think of a classic straight forward rose, this is the taste. Raspberries, strawberries, light citrus. Very light and refreshing – dry to start and finish but sweet in the middle.” – Vivino reviewer
This chardonnay was unfortunately a swing and a miss! 👎
I love a good chardonnay and was really hopeful Big Churn’s would hit the spot, but all I can say about this one is vi-no-way! It was a little too oaky for my liking and I got lost in the flavors like there was almost too much going on.
I also found the aftertaste to be a bit odd and unnatural like there were artificial flavors in the mix. Thankfully, I have a few other favorites to fall back on, but I won’t be picking up any more bottles of this chardonnay.
What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s wine? Have you tasted any of the ones on our list? Please share!
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