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Aldi California Heritage Merlot

The Aldi California Heritage Merlot is a $4.99 exclusive, produced by a branch of E & J Gallo for ALdi. This is a non-vintage wine, meaning grapes picked in different years are included in this bottling. Producers do this to keep costs down and use a more upscale wine from a previous year to “improve”…

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Aldi’s Specially Selected Napa Valley Chardonnay 2021

The Aldi’s Specially Selected Napa Valley Chardonnay 2021 is a $10.99 ALd exclusive new to the Specially Selected brand as of April 2024. The Aldi Specially Selected line includes wines from premium growing regions like Napa, Rioja, Marlborough, Bordeaux, etc. Napa Valley is a large AVA, so simply showing Napa Valley as the place of…

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Trader Joe’s Reserve Rasteau Cru 2022

The Trader Joe’s Reserve Rasteau Cru 2022 is a $9.99 Trader Joe’s import exclusive. The actual name is Rasteau Appellation Rasteau Controlée 2022 Lot 254, Cru de la Vallée Rhone. Here is an entry-level view of how the wine classifications in the Southern Rhone Valley work The first level is Cotes du Rhone AOC, which…

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Porto 6 Vinho Tinto 2021

The Porto 6 Vinho Tinto 2021 (Vinho Tinto translates to Red Wine) is a Trader Joe’s $5.99 import exclusive sourced from vineyards in Lisboa Portugal. Lisboa is a region along the northern Atlantic coast near Lisbon. It is a large wine region with several sub-regions inside. Porto 6 Vinho Tinto 2021 is produced by Vidigal…

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Juggernaut Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

The Juggernaut Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a wine brand from Bogle Family Vineyards of Clarksburg, California. It is a wine I found for $14.99 at a local wine shop. The Sonoma Coast AVA is the most westward AVA in California and runs to Mendocino. It features rugged Coastal Mountain valleys and is a cool climate…

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Babs Santa Barbara Pinot Noir-Review

The Babs Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2020 is a $15.99 wine at Costco, $25 to $35 elsewhere. Babs is a project by John Wagner, he owns Peake Ranch Winery with three vineyards two in the Santa Rita Hills AVA and one in the Santa Maria AVA, all within Santa Barbara County and all very high-end…

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Gruet Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine

The Gruet Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine is a Pinot Noir-based Champagne-style non-vintage Sparkling wine from Sante Fe, New Mexico. This is a Sparkling wine that should be found selling for around $15, I found it on sale for $13.99 and Brut means dry or not sweet. Gilbert Gruet had a Champagne House in Champagne France…

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Sunshine Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The Sunshine Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 is a $7.99 Aldi exclusive. The grapes are sourced from Estate vineyards in the Wairau Valley of New Zealand’s South Island. The Wairau Valley is the Northernmost grape-growing region in Marlborough and follows a river that runs the island’s width. The back label mentions Estate vineyards but does…

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Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Russian River Chardonnay

The Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Russian River Chardonnay is a $12.99 Trader exclusive produced with grapes from the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County. The back label says this wine was “vinted and bottled by”Aril WInes of Oakville, Napa. They are a small boutique high-end winery with winemakers from Turley and Silver Oak. Vinted…

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Kirkland Signature Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel

The Kirkland Signature Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel 2021 is a 9.99 Costco exclusive made for them by Zach Long Of Kunde Estates. Zach Long has 20 years of experience as a winemaker with the last 10 of those as the winemaker at Kunde Family Winery and Vintage Wine Estates. The Kunde Family has farmed this…

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Kirkland Signature Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio

The Kirkland Signature Friuli Grave Pinot Grigio 2022 is a $4.99 Costco exclusive sourced from grapes in the Friuli Grave region of far northeastern Italy near the Alps. This area has a very cool climate that allows the grapes to ripen slowly. The word “Grave” translates to gravel. The soil in the vineyards is heated…

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Aldi California Heritage Chardonnay

The Aldi California Heritage Chardonnay is a non-vintage $4.95 Aldi wine exclusive made for them by a division of E & J Gallo the largest family-owned winery in the US. Normally a non-vintage, $5 store brand would be a wine to avoid, but I have previously tried the California Heritage Pinot Noir and Brut Bubbly,…

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Loudenotte Pays D’Oc Pinot Noir 2022

The Loudenotte Pays D’Oc Pinot Noir 2022 is a $.6.99 Trader Joe’s wine, it is $12 in places that TJ’s does not cover. D’Oc indicates that this wine is from the Languedoc in France. This wine has been available at Trader Joe’s for several vintages. Here is a link to the 2018 version. The Languedoc…

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Loudenotte Pays D'Oc Pinot Noir 2022
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Trader Joe’s Reserve SLO County Chardonnay 2022

The Trader Joe’s Reserve SLO County Chardonnay 2022 is a $9.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive produced for them by Miller Family Wine Company. The SLO in the title is San Luis Obispo which is in the middle of California’s Central Coast AVA, inside the SLO AVA in Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Arroyo Secco, and the San…

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Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve San Luis Obispo Coast Pinot Noir 2022

The Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve San Luis Obispo Coast Pinot Noir 2022 is a $12.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive. The San Luis Obispo Coast AVA is new, founded in 2022, and includes the Edna Valley AVA and the Arroyo Secco AVA. These are all cool climate AVAs. Paso Robles is more inland and specializes in warm-weather…

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Epicuro Puglia Primitivo 2021

The Epicuro Puglia Primitivo 2021 is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s import exclusive. The grapes were sourced from the Apulia region of Puglia in southeast Italy. Epicuro is one of the 10 brands from FeMar a third-generation family-owned winery. They produce a wide variety of Italian and Sicilian wines, several of which are available at Trader…

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Epicuro Puglia Primitivo 2021
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Aldi’s California Heritage Brut Sparkling Wine

The Aldi’s California Heritage Brut Sparkling Wine is a $4.95 Aldi exclusive sourced from grapes grown in California. The back label shows that a part of E & J Gallo produced this Bubbly. Neither Aldo nor E & J Gallo offer any production details on this wine. The wine was produced with the Charmat Method,…

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Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

The Substance Cs Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 is a wine I found selling for $13.99 it is sourced from the Goose Ridge, Painted Hills, Badger Mountain, and the Sportfisher vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Washington State. This is a wine brand from The House of Smith wines (Charles Smith) whose stated goal for this wine…

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Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Along with a PODCAST interview with Kono winemaker Bruce Taylor talking about New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and much more. The Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 is a wine I found at a local wine shop selling for $13.99. Kono is Mauri owned. The Wakatū Incorporation comprises 250 Mauri families who descended from the original land…

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Aldi’s California Heritage Pinot Noir

The Aldi’s California Heritage Pinot Noir is a $4.95 non-vintage wine sourced, at least for now, from California’s Central Coast AVA. This brand is produced by International Wine Merchants who make Burlwood and Moiselle wines for Aldi. They are a division of E & J Gallo make Winking Owl and Hwy 5 Aldi wines. All…

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Kirkland Signature Sancerre 2022

The Kirkland Signature Sancerre 2022 is a $14.99 Costco exclusive. Sancerre is a town in the Loire Valley of France and the grape is Sauvignon Blanc. The White wine of the Loire Valley is Sauvignon Blanc, the regular affordable wines are a spring day in a bottle, pure joy to drink. The best Sauvignon Blanc…

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Rolling Mist Cabernet Sauvignon

The Rolling Mist Cabernet Sauvignon is a non-vintage $8.99 ALdi exclusive made by some division of E & J Gallo of Modesto, California. Neither Aldi nor Gallo offer any information concerning this wine. The back label mentions blackberry, which is a flavor characteristic of Cabernet Sauvignon, and oak spice and vanilla which are oak influences…

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Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021

I found the Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021 selling for $11.99 at Mariano’s one of Kroger’s family of supermarkets. This seems to be a wine sold exclusively at Kroger stores. You store exclusive wine brands at Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Costco, but many grocery stores, restaurants, and large liquor, beer, and wine shops often have…

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Aldi Specially Selected Gavi DOCG 2022

The Aldi Specially Selected Gavi DOCG 2022 is an exclusive $9.99 Aldi import. Gavi White wines are from the Provence of Alexandria in the southeast corner of Piedmont in Italy. Gavi is produced from the Cortese grape and is typically 100% Cortese. Gavi is considered THE White wine of Piedmont with Barolo made from the…

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Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2021

The Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2021 is a $12.99 Costco Exclusive. This is a wine produced for Costco by Precept Wine and Spirits, a large northwest wine company that controls 4,000 acres of vineyards and has an excellent brand and retail wine portfolio. The winemaker is Sarah Cabot who is the head winemaker…

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