Tis’ the season to be …. budget conscious … which can be difficult when you have an appreciation for wine. If you are a baller on a budget *like me* Trader Joe’s should be your first stop for wine this season! For those of you who do not know, Trader Joe’s is the best place to pick up specialty food especially around the holidays. Not only do they have the best selection of frozen food and artisanal cheese but some locations have an amazing selection of wine and beer. Considering these Holiday’s might not look like the rest I thought it would be super fun to put together my go-to Trader Joe’s wine list for you all.

I have to admit, this list is full of red wines because they are my favorite to sip on this time of year. However, I did throw in a Sancerre and a bubbles recommendation! After all, you can’t have a holiday wine list without some bubbles and there is always that one person that prefers white wine! As Mindy in Emily in Paris quoted “It’s Ok. This is Sancerre. It’s a breakfast wine”. I would have to agree that Sancerre would pair great with holiday brunch!

1. Kings of Prohibition Cabernet Shiraz Red Blend $8.99

*Currently transporting myself back to this time last year when I was vacationing in Australia* This red blend is a beloved wine of Trader Joes. I have heard nothing but great things about this wine from Barossa Valley and I was so excited to try it. It definitely lived up to the hype with bold flavors of dark cherry, plum, tobacco and medium tannins. It also has an interesting bottle which gives it a cool vibe.

2. Cecilia Beretta 2016 Amarone Della Valpolicella – $19.99

Italian wine has a special place in my heart and the holidays just aren’t the holidays without it. This Amarone Della Valpolicella has high tannins and hits of oak, chocolate and fruit flavors. Amarone wines are also known for their raisin like flavors which you’ll find in this wine. To put it in simple terms, grapes are typically partially dried in production so that the resulting Amarone Della Valpolicella wines are particularly concentrated.

3. Château Le Grand Fraurie 2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – $20

This is the perfect example of a *baller on a budget wine*. Saint-Emilion is a premium region in Bordeaux that produces red blend wines made with Merlot as the majority in the blend. This $20 bottle from Trader Joes was quite the find with soft tannins and dark fruit and earthy flavors. Sometimes complex wines can rack up the price tag so I’d call this find a win.

4. Les Trois Terroirs Sancerre – $14.99

As mentioned previously, there is always that one individual that prefers white wine over red. No judgment! Sometimes a white is a necessary choice (like when you need to avoid your mouth turning red at a work event). For me, a Sancerre is a safe bet when choosing a white wine for others. It is from the Loire Valley, France made out of Sauvignon Blanc. This one is crisp and light in body with citrus and mineral flavors.

5. La Sonriente 2018 Garnacha – $6.99

I was a bit hesitant about this one when purchasing it. Garnacha for $6.99….? I have to say, it is good for its price! It’s a great value Spanish wine full of plum, cherry and spice flavors.

6. La Burgondie Crémant de Bourgogne – $9.99

“Bubbles, bubbles, my bubbles…” *name that movie quote*. That’s how I feel about this Crémant de Bourgogne. This dry sparkling wine from Burgundy is perfect as an aperitif or paired with cheese. It is light with floral, green fruit (apple, pear) and citrus flavors.

7. Oakville Bench 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – $19.99

This is a good ole’ classic Oakville, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Bold, full bodied, with fruit and oak flavors. Having a California Cabernet Sauvignon on deck during the holidays is a staple in my family. This one is a great value for its price!

8. Georges Duboeuf 2019 Beaujolais – $7.99

Beaujolais is actually one of my favorite red wines to sip on. It is made from the Gamay grape in the southern most part of Burgundy, France. This Georges Deboeuf Beaujolais is light in body, fragrant and full of fruit flavors (raspberry, cherry) with some hints of spice but not much. If you are looking for an easy drinker, this is it!

Thinking about making a cheese board for the holidays? Check out my blog post Wine & Cheese: The 5 Best Pairings. I used all Trader Joe’s cheeses for these pairings!

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Cheers!

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Trader Joe’s 2020 Holiday Wine List