The Slim Vine Light Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s wine, and it seems to be related to the ALDI $7.99 Don’t Mind If I Do Sauvignon Blanc 2020. Both wines are from a producer based in Greenfield, California (Monterey AVA).
They also have a few details in common, such as 85 calories, zero fat, sugar-free, 3.4 g carbohydrates, and less than 4 G protein. I recall the Don’t Mind version had California as the origin for the grapes, and Slim Vine shows Monterey County AVA.
What both the Trader Joe’s and ALDI lo-cal wines have in common is that they have nearly identical details as the Sunny with a Chance of Flowers Sauvignon Blanc from Scheid Family Vineyards, which are located in Greenfield, California. The Sunny Sauv Blanc has 85 calories, zero sugar, 3.3 carbs, 9% alcohol, and is certified sustainably farmed.
There are slight variations in the details, the Slim Vine has an alcohol content of 8.5% as opposed to 9%, but the alcohol rating on the back label only has to be within 1.5%. The Slim Vine and the Sunny show Monterey grapes, while the Don’t Mind Sauv Blanc is not that specific. Wine can be from a single vineyard in Napa Valley and legally show California on the label.
The Trader Joe’s wine is $6.99, the ALDI wine is $7.99, and the Sunny wine lists for $16.99 on its website. Winery websites usually show elevated prices; they do not want to directly compete with wine shops which are the bulk of their sales.
I am not saying these are all the same wines under different labels and prices with all the similarities. With LLCs and different companies within the winery, these may well be wine made from grapes sourced differently but produced with similar, if not the same, production techniques.
The Sunny with a Chance of Flowers Sauvignon Blanc used an exclusive production method that filtered some of the alcohol out while also adding no sugar. This is not a watered-down wine; this is a regular Sauvignon Blanc specifically made to reduce alcohol, sugar, carbs, and fat.
Fitness wine is a growing wine trend, and the Slim Vine Light Sauvignon Blanc 2020 may be the lowest-priced wine. But, between Tj’s, ALDI, and Scheid Vineyards, they have your health wine needs covered.
Slim Vine Light Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Tasting Notes
The color is pale wheat yellow with a slight green tint. The nose is delicate, lemon, lime, pineapple, green apple, a hint of cream, and lightly grassy—the Slim Vine Light Sauvignon Blanc 2020 soft, subtle Sauv Blanc with balanced acidity.
This is a relaxed Sauvignon Blanc. The wines from New Zealand and areas of France have Sauvignon Blanc, where the aromas jump out of the glass, followed by bold, strong flavors. The Slim Vine is more of a “chill” wine. It tastes of a mix of lemon, melon, and Anjou pear, a splash of lime, ripe apple, and a little peach.
- The Slim Vine Light Sauvignon Blanc 2020 may be subtle, but it is tasty. The acidity will sneak up on you and compile you to take another sip.
- This is a Fitness Wine with no real downside. You would not expect a $6.99 Sauv Blanc to be your favorite wine ever. You really are looking for a wine that tastes good and provides some enjoyment. The Slim Vine Light Sauvignon Blanc 2020 gets that job done.