7 Trader Joe's Wines Worth Buying, According to Wine Experts

And they’re all under $22!

Trader Joe’s is a source of endless treasures, tempting bargains, and hosting essentials. And when it comes to the wine selection, well, we’re all besties with Two Buck Chuck. But who is he, and well, why is there still such a range in prices and quality at the very well-stocked Trader Joe’s Wine Shop? We had wine professionals loop us in to some of the best wines to purchase at Trader Joe’s, getting you the best value and wine drinking experience so you’re happy with what you uncork.

These sommelier-curated wines offer excellent sips, and treats for your palate that pair just as well with a farmer’s market fresh salad as a greasy bag of drive-through fast food (seriously). Read on for your pro-approved Trader Joe’s wine shopping list. 

Matua, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2022 ($10.99)

“This is a really great bang for your buck,“ says Jordan Abraham, Beverage Director at San Francisco’s Gozu. “It’s super aromatic, zesty, citrus, and grassy. This is a solid park wine, especially with tomato or salad on a hot day.” 

Vignobles Lacheteau Polly Fume ($15.99)

“This is a dry French Sauvignon blanc, excellent with goat cheese,” says Frances Leary, Beverage Curator and General Manager at Louisville’s Galt House Hotel. “[It’s] crisp and zesty with a grassy, citrus character."

Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence, France 2021 ($21.99)

“Who doesn't love Whispering Angel? Although it might seem a little pricey relative to some of the other options at Trader Joe's, Whispering Angel is extremely well made, delicious, dry, and has enough fruity and herbaceous character to be yummy with a ton of different food,” says Abraham. “Fun fact: I can tell you from experience that Whispering Angel rosé is great with Taco Bell. Drink it during the day, drink it at night, drink it in the park, drink it in a movie theater, you can't go wrong drinking Whispering Angel."

Famille Perrin "Réserve" Côtes du Rhône, France 2020 ($7.99)

“The Perrin family is iconic for a reason. Even though this bottle may not feature the most choice vineyards or fruit, you're still getting a wine made by a family that knows how to make great wine, and has the resources and facilities to consistently do it,” says Abraham. “Worst case scenario if you're not super into it or it's a bit too light for your palette, you can turn it into a great sangria.”

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Orange ($12.99)

Orange wines are very trendy, and if you’re new to the craze, an affordable option will help you ease in. “This is a delightful orange wine that has spent extra time fermenting with the grape skins, adding a unique mouthfeel,” says Leary. “It's a refreshing and very tasty [blend of] 80/10/10 grenache, grenache blanc, and orange muscat grapes.”

Pozzy Shiraz, Mclaren Cale Australia ($7.99)

“This is great for a summer-time campfire, plush fruit with mocha, and black pepper,” says Leary. “It has firm tannins and a satisfying finish.”

Cecilia Beretta Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut DOCG ($11.99) 

An affordable bottle of prosecco is always a good idea. “This is a perfect middle-of-the-road bubbly,” says Leary. “Great by itself, but perfect for all kinds of spritzes. Try it with [a splash of] limoncello or St. Germain for a refreshing sip in the sun.”

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