The Top 10 Wines at Trader Joe’s Under $20

Stock up on these affordable bottles for any occasion.

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Whether you’re looking for a bottle of red or white to bring to a friend’s house or to enjoy with tonight’s dinner, it’s easier than you might think to find a budget-friendly varietal that actually tastes good. Shopping at the wine store can be overwhelming, especially when you’re perusing the well-stocked aisles of a store like Trader Joe’s. We all know that the beloved grocery chain has an inventory of unique wines (over 200 to be exact) that range in price from $3 to $30, but picking the right bottle can be quite the task. And, let’s face it, sometimes we just go for whatever label looks more interesting, which can be hit or a real miss.

Luckily, Vivino, the ultimate app for rating wines, has done the guesswork for consumers by compiling a list of the top-rated wines at Trader Joe’s—all under $20, to boot. If you’re unfamiliar with the free app, it’s provides crowd-sourced reviews from its community of 21 million users. You can take a photo of any wine label, restaurant list, or even search by name to find ratings and compare varieties.

Take a look at the top 10 list below, based on average ratings by Vivino users:

  1. Meimoi Pinot Noir (California Pinot Noir)
    Average Vivino rating: 4.1
    Average price: $19.98
    Tasting notes: Lighter-bodied, displays more red fruit, floral notes and has brighter acidity, often with a dash of minerality. Pairs well with beef, veal, game/venison, and duck
  2. 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel (California Zinfandel)
    Average Vivino rating: 4.1
    Average price: $17.98
    Tasting notes: The California Zinfandel grape variety produces quality red wines that are food-friendly, versatile, and delicious. Zinfandel is outstanding when paired with barbecued red meats and bold cheeses, as its strong flavor profile can stand up to robust flavors. Pairs well with beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, and duck.
  3. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.9
    Average price: $14.98
    Tasting notes: Sauvignon Blanc is the flagship varietal of New Zealand, and is typically a very crisp aromatic wine with notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and cut grass. When it comes to pairing, think white meat, shellfish, and try to accentuate the herbaceous qualities of the wine with ingredients like parsley and cilantro. Pairs well with shellfish, vegetarian dishes, and goat cheese.
  4. Bogle Phantom (California Red Blend)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.9
    Average price: $19.98
    Tasting Notes: California Red Blend wines are typically luscious and strong with lots of ripe blackberry, black currant, and vanilla flavors. Pairs well with beef, lamb, veal, and poultry.
  5. Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva (Spanish Rioja Red)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.9
    Average price: $19.98
    Tasting notes: The medium body and high acidity in Spanish red wines from Rioja makes them excellent for pairing with a variety of foods. The approachable price point makes these wines of outstanding quality, readily available to enjoy sans guilt. Pairs well with beef, lamb, veal, and poultry.
  6. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc – Viognier (Viognier/California White Blend)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.9
    Average price: $12.98
    Tasting notes: Viognier, a nutty white wine similar to Chardonnay, makes a surprising match with rich red meat. Viognier is full-bodied and mixes flavors of ripe lemon, golden apple, and even banana with a smooth, rich mouthfeel—a combination that won’t be overpowered by roast and plays nicely with traditional gravy or loaded mashed potatoes. Pairs well with pasta, pork, shellfish, poultry, and beef.
  7. Bregonzo Amarone della Valpolicella (Italian Amarone)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.9
    Average price: $16.99
    Tasting notes: Amarone is characterized by ripe, bold flavors. It is best paired with very rich foods, due to its strong flavor profile, robust nature, and high alcohol (minimum 14% ABV). Pairs well with beef, lamb, deer/venison, and blue cheese.
  8. Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret (California Bordeaux Blend)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.8
    Average price: $16.98
    Tasting notes: Pairs well with beef, lamb, deer/venison, poultry.
  9. Ciccio Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo dal Tralcetto (Italian Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.8
    Average price: $14.98
    Tasting notes: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a basic, hearty, tasty Italian red made from Montepulciano grapes. Pairs well with beef, pasta, veal, pork, and pizza.
  10. The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend (California Red Blend)
    Average Vivino rating: 3.8
    Average price: $14.98
    Tasting notes: These wines are luscious and strong with lots of ripe blackberry, black currant, and vanilla flavors. Pairs well with beef, lamb, veal, and poultry.