Trader Joe's Wine! 2024 Guide To The Best Wines at Trader Joe's (2024)

Trader Joe's® is renowned for their selection of cheap, private label wines. Unfortunately, a lot of them are just plain bad. There are; however, gems to be found in this sea of cheap wine and we unveil our absolute favorite picks in this giant list of the best wines at Trader Joes. Read on for our Complete Guide to Trader Joe's wine.

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From Chianti and a basic Cotes du Rhone to even Barolo, Amarone and Napa Valley Cabernet TJ's offers a little bit of everything often at prices that boggle the mind. Their selection goes way beyond Two Buck Chuck!

If you've been wondering if some of those wines can possibly be good, you've come to the right place because we've tasted just about all of them. (We've also dumped a heck of a lot of them down the drain.)

The wines reviewed here are mostly private label ones, simply because these offer the best value. Cutting out the middleman with private labels is Trader Joe's strength, both in terms of wine and their grocery products.

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Because the wine names don’t always include "Trader Joe's" in them look for the "Trader Joe's Exclusive" sign on the shelves to identify these. The reason this is important is simply that the mass market wines sold at TJ's are usually not priced very competitively and many times are just there to make the private label wines seem like a better deal.

For the wines that actually do include Trader Joe's on the label there a number of different "Reserve" levels to look for. From highest to lowest quality, they are:

Platinum Reserve - Priced at $14.99, there are not a lot of these, and they don't last long. The quality is normally quite high so consider buying them if you see them.

Grand Reserve - Priced at $12.99, this used to be Trader Joes top of the line label before the introduction of Platinum Reserve. These are still generally very good quality.

Reserve - Priced at $9.99. The quality can vary but there are some true gems to be found here.

Petit Reserve - Priced around $7.99, these can be hit or miss but we have a few recommended selections on our list below.

(There is also an elusive Diamond Reserve priced at $19.99 but to date we've only seen this label on a handful of wines.)

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Outlot Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon From Trader Joe's

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Pricey Napa Cab at a discount? We review the Outlot Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon from Trader Joe's.95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Sirah from the Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California. The wine was aged for 14 months in oak, mostly French. It has just 0.5 g/L … [Read more...]

Maison Barboulot Cinsault Rosé From Trader Joe's

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Hard to beat for the price! We review the Trader Joe's Maison Barboulot Cinsault Rosé.100% Cinsault rosé wine from the Pays d'Oc region in Southern France. No further information is given on how it was made. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Paso Robles Petite Sirah Review

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Trader Joe's Reserve Rioja Reserva Lot #255 Review

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Another new Trader Joe's wine, adding to their collection from Rioja. We review the Trader Joe's Reserve Rioja Reserva Lot #255.Primarily Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain. The wine spends at least 3 years aging, with at least 1 year in casks. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Bandol Rosé Review

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A new label from an exclusive area of Provence, we review the new Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Bandol Rosé Lot #130.The label doesn't specify but Bandol rosé are typically made from Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault. The region is located in Provence, France. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Reserve Rasteau Lot #254 Review

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Quite nice for the price. We review the Trader Joe's Reserve Rasteau Lot #254.The label doesn't specify but the wine is a blend of predominately Grenache plus some Syrah and/or Mourvedre from the Rasteau region in the southern Rhone Valley of France. … [Read more...]

Maison Barboulot Cabernet-Syrah – Full-Blown Delicious

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A simply satisfying and super ripe table wine that will have you dreaming of your next European vacation, we review the latest vintage of the Trader Joe's Maison Barboulot Cabernet-Syrah.50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah from the Languedoc in the South of France. The … [Read more...]

Epicuro Nero d'Avola - Simple, Tart and Tasty

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Another slightly sweet and tasty find from Trader Joe's for just $5.99, we review the latest vintage of the Epicuro Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy.Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy. The wine is fermented and matured in stainless steel and has 13.7 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]

Epicuro Aglianico - Pizza Night

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Another good pizza wine from Trader Joe's for just $5.99? We review the latest vintage of the Epicuro Aglianico Puglia IGP.Aglianico from Puglia, Italy. The wine is fermented and matured in stainless steel and has 14.1 g/L of residual sugar. … [Read more...]

La Sonriente Garnacha - A Trader Joe's Top Pick!

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A classic still going strong. While the name has evolved over the years the wine itself is still a Trader Joe's top pick! We review the latest vintage of the La Sonriente Garnacha from the Calatayud.Garnacha from Calatayud, Spain. … [Read more...]

Pontificis GSM - A GSM Blend for the Masses

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Another consistently good Trader Joe's pick, the Pontificis GSM.40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre from several different areas in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. This includes Tautavel (Grenache and Syrah), the Herault Plain (Syrah), Puicheric which … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Reserve Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon Review

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A young, fresh and juicy Cabernet, we review the Trader Joe's Reserve Columbia Valley Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 253.100% Cabernet Sauvignon (organically grown) from the Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine spends an unspecified amount of time in … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir Review

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A worthy example of Carneros at a good price, we review the Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir Lot 79.Pinot Noir from Carneros, California. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's House of Mandela Sauvignon Blanc Review

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A fresh and simple find at Trader Joe's for just $6.99, we review the House of Mandela Sauvignon Blanc Thembu Tribute.Sauvignon Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa. … [Read more...]

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Orange - Delightfully Intriguing

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A fascinating find at Trader Joe's, we review the Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Orange.40% Grenache Gris (a mutation of the Grenache Noir grape that has more of a pinkish hue) from the Loma Del Rio Vineyard, 40% Grenache Blanc from the Beeswax and Windfall Vineyard, 10% … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Vignobles Lacheteau Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Review

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Checking out a classic Loire Valley white wine at a great Trader Joe's price, we review the Vignobles Lacheteau Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie.Melon de Bourgogne from the Loire Valley in France. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Jean XXII Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape Review

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A budget friendly example of a red Chateauneuf-du-Pape (CdP) from Trader Joe's. We review the Jean XXII Reserve Chateauneuf-du-Pape.While the exact blend isn't revealed, this is most likely predominantly a blend of Grenache and Syrah with perhaps some Mourvedre. It is … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's VINTJS Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Review

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An inexpensive and jammy crowd-pleaser for just $6.99 from Trader Joe's, we review the VINTJS Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California. … [Read more...]

J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Review

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A dependable, widely available Cab (including many Costco and Trader Joe's locations), we review the latest vintage of the J. Lohr Seven Oaks Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, a great burger wine.79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Sirah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 2% … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Review

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Willamette Valley Pinot on the cheap, but does it deliver? We review the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Lot 124.Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Review

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A decent Pinot for the price, we review the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Lot 118.Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, California. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Reserve Santa Ynez Valley GSM Lot 248 Review

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A GSM blend with a high percentage of Mourvedre, we review the intriguing Trader Joe's Reserve Santa Ynez Valley GSM.47% Mourvedre, 34% Syrah and 19% Grenache from the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, California. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Reserve Lussac Saint-Emilion - A Nice Find

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Another budget Bordeaux find at Trader Joe's, this time for only $10. We review the Trader Joe's Reserve Lussac Saint-Emilion Lot 247.A blend of Merlot and most likely Cabernet Franc from Lussac Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, France. … [Read more...]

Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Review

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Big name Bordeaux at a budget Trader Joe's price. We review the new Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Lot 109.There's no indication on the varietals or aging but wines from Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, France are almost always focused on Merlot and … [Read more...]

VINTJS Redwood Valley Zinfandel - Jamarama

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If you're looking to get your jam on, this might be the wine for you. We review the VINTJS Redwood Valley Mendocino County Zinfandel from Trader Joe's.Zinfandel from Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California. … [Read more...]

7 Sicilians Rosso Terre Siciliane - Uncomplicated And Tasty

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There are more grape varieties in the blend than there are dollars in the price! We review this tasty kitchen sink blend from Trader Joe's, the 7 Sicilians Rosso Terre Siciliane.35% Shiraz, 23% Merlot, 15% Frappato, 10% Nerello Mascalese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% … [Read more...]

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