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Aldi's California Heritage Pinot Noir-Aldi's New $4.95 Wine Brand! I expected nothing from this $5 wine and I got more than I bargained for. Is this a great wine? No. But is it well worth the price? Yes I would not normally choose a non-vintage Pinot Noir, for a variety of reasons, but this $4.95 wine did just fine. For more information check out h…
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Kirkland Signature Sancerre 2022-Sincerely Good Sancerre I called Henri Bourgeois John in the Podcast. This Costco wine is excellent, It is $14.99 and it is a French Sauvignon Blanc! This is an elite Sauvignon Blanc at a bargain price. Sancerre can get much more expensive, but good is good. For more info check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and o…
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Rolling Mist Cabernet Sauvignon-A New $9 Wine From Aldi This is a non-vintage California wine that was made by some part of E & J Gallo for Aldi. Why is it a non-vintage wine? They do not explain, they do not offer any information. So check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and listen to the PODCAST to see what CWF has to say! Check us out at www.ch…
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Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021-If Your In A Kroger Store This is a custom-brand wine from the Kroger Family of grocery stores. When you think of custom, exclusive brands you think of Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Costco, but custom wines are everywhere. This is a very drinkable Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County. For all the info check out ht…
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Aldi Specially Selected Gavi DOCG 2022-What Is Gavi-It's Real Good! Aldi Europe offered around 60 Specially Selected brand wines last year, they were all from top-growing regions around the world. Italy has over 350 White wine grapes and each one is unique. The only one Americans know is Pinot Grigio and that is a shame they have some many great Wh…
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Kirkland Signature Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2021-$13 Excellent Pinot! This Pinot is produced by Precept Wine and Spirits, the largest family-owned winery in the northwest, but more importantly, this is a wine made by Sarah Cabot a boutique Oregon winemaker. She is known for producing small-batch wines that sell for $65 plus. This is a $12.99 Wi…
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Belhara Estate Single Vineyard Malbec 2021-Interesting Story-Cheap Price This wine was the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Single Vineyard Uco Valley Malbec 2019 in 2021. Then it was selling for $12.99, in 2024 under its label it is selling for $8.99. In Europe, this Malbec is selling for $15 to $30. This wine is now 1/3 of its Grand Reserve price, so w…
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Trader Joe's Reserve Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon 2022-$10 and Delicious The Wahluke Slope is an interesting AVA, you have to check out the website and listen to the podcast for the reasons why. This wine was made for Trader Joe's by DNA Vineyards who have made some of TJ's better offerings, again you have to check out the website and the links…
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Aldi Hwy 5 Chardonnay 2021- $4.99-Drink Like The French, No!, I am Serious! I recently talked to a French winemaker that the average French family spent about 5 dollars on their daily bottle of wine. They drink wine with the meal, not at night as an alcoholic beverage. We Americans, as a whole, have a different attitude toward wine. So, is this 5-b…
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Trader Joe's DOC Prosecco- $9- Real Cheap-Real Good This is a Trader Joe's labeled Prosecco as opposed to the other Prosecco brands they sell with Trader Joe's only names. This is a Prosecco made by Zonin an excellent family-owned producer. It is delicious, it is well-balanced and well-made. Need I say more? For all the info check out https://cheap…
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Trader Joe's Coastal Merlot 2022-The Perfect $5 Taco Tuesday Wine The Trader Joe's Castal brand has been made by the same winery for at least 10 years and has always sold for $4.99. How they kept the same price for ten years, I don't know. The winery involved is an excellent producer that was started in 1983. There are many good indicators concerni…
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Kidia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2023- Trader Joe's Excellent $6 Sauv Blanc estate wine! This is a Trader Joe's exclusive import wine from a family-owned winery that has been in business for 200 years. Six dollars gets you an excellent Chillean Sauvignon Blanc! Cheap wine is awesome! Check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and listen to the BEST VALUE P…
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Cuy Natural Malbec 2022-Trader Joe's-$10-Organic-Vegan Friendly-Low Sulfite-Delicious Wine This is a wine from Santa Julia which is part of the Zuccardi Family of wines. They make very good wine. This may be a Trader Joe's only wine, I am not sure. It is certified organic, estate-grown, and produced, Vegan Friendly, and low Sulfites, $9.99 wine. Fo…
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Aldi Specially Selected Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rosé-$12 AOP Bordeaux Cremant Aldi wines were virtually stagnant during 2023. In Aldi Europe, there were more than 50 Specially Selected wines released in the last portion of 2023, but most did not make it to the US. They offered 8 different French Cremant wines and now the Cremant de Bordeaux AOP Bu…
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Chronic Cellars Suite Petite Petite Sirah 2021- Juicy and Delicious This is a wine brand started by the Beckett Brothers who are the sons of Doug Beckett of Peachy Canyon fame. This is a brand of wine that makes quality wines but does not take itself too seriously. This Petite Sirah is delicious and balanced. For more information check out https://…
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Butternut Chardonnay 2021- A reasonably oaked Chardonnay This is a Chardonnay I found for $11.99. Butternut is part of the Miller Family Line of wines, they are located in Paso Robles, but the Butternut Chardonnay is from grapes all over California. This is a good-tasting Chardonnay if you like a little oak influence. This makes this a wine well wo…
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Chateau de Gretels Prestige Cahors 2021-Costco $8 bucks-90 Points! This is a $7.99 Costco wine from Cahors in France. It is 70% Malbec (Cahors is known for Malbec) and 30% Merlot.\ It is an estate wine, grown from vineyards located in some of the best Terrior in Cahors. And did I tell you it sells for $8? For all the info check out https://cheapwin…
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Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Supérieur 2021-A $6,89 Costco Bargain Half of the wines from Bordeaux sell for under twenty bucks, in Napa about 2% of the wines sell for under $20. Ok, I wasn't taking into account all the store brands that sell for $19.99. In that case, 1% of Napa wines are affordably priced. In Francefolks drink wine with every meal, …
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Peaks & Tides Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2021- A Good $12.99 Aldi Wine! The Sonoma Coast is an elite Pinot Noir growing region. This $12.99 Aldo Pinot Noir is not made in the same way as the $65 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, but it is a legit drink it now Pinot Noir! It is a solid, very drinkable, Sonoma Coast Pinot. For more information check out https://…
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Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Los Carneros Brut Sparkling Wine 2019-$12.99-Buy It-Drink It This is a vintage-dated Bubbly from an elite-growing region. 2019 Carneros Bubblt sells for $35 and up, not $12.99. This is Trader Joe's gift to 2023 wine drinkers. Don't miss it! For more info check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and listen to the best value-…
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Matias Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2021-A Wine Well Worth Searching For! This is a brand from winemaker Dan Fitzpatrick, who has worked for some of the best wineries in California. The brand may be hard to find and there seem to be different brands for each wine from a different AVA . This $21.99 Cabernet Sauvignon is mainly from a single vineya…
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Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut Rosé-$9 Pinot Noir (70%) and Chardonay (30%) Cava This is a Cava made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, just like Champagne. Those are not the grapes used in traditional Cava. This is from a family who started growing grapes in the 1400s and started a winery in the 1500s. They also produced the first Cava in the 1870s. That…
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Louise d' Estrée Brut (in 2023)-Trader Joe's $10 Cremant Bargain This is going to be short. This is a French Bubbly from a quality Loire Vallet Sparkling wine producer that Trader Joe's is selling for $9.99 and it sells for between$17 and $20 in places that TJ's does not cover. Half-price French Bubbly is always good. For more information check out…
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Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Maule Valley Carmenere 2021-$8 And Really Good This is a limited edition Trader Joe's wine from Chile. Carmenerein Chile has an interesting story (sorry, you have to listen to the Podcast). In the 1800s it was an integral part of the Bordeaux, and phylloxera hit. It somehow made its way to Chile and it started a new story…
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Piper Sonoma Brut- Sonoma vs Champagne- This Wine Rocks The Piper Sonoma Brut has been in Sonoma for 43 years, it is the California outpost of Piper Heidsieck. I found it for $17 while it does list for $22. Which is half of what the French version sells for, Is the French stuff twice as good? Well, read the review @ https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and…
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Rose & Finch California Red Wine 2021-The Best $3.49 wine (Trader Joe's Edition) Ok, we set the stage. This wine will tangle with any wine under $10 and probably wine. Does it taste good? Yes. Does it have its uses? Oh Yeah! Is it the party wine of 2023? Show me a better one! Check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and listen to the best value wine …
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Chandon California Brut-Do You Really Need The French Stuff? Chandon in 1974 was one of the first Champagne Houses to establish a California outpost. The Chandon California Brut list is for $26, but during the Holidays I found it for $15. Are California grapes really that much worse than Champagne grapes? Check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and …
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Kirkland Signature Gigondas 2021-Cru Wine For $13.99! Gigondas is one of the 8 Southern Rhone Valley (France) Cru Regions. It is second to Chateauneuf du Pope in importance and it is a region that makes wines that sell for hundreds of dollars. The winemaker is a third-generation from Chateauneuf du Pope who has an excellent resume. This wine tastes…
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Photograph North Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2021-Forget NZ-Here Is to Cali Sauv Blanc This is a wine I bought on sale at Target for $8.99 it was on sale for $4 off. I bought it because it was on sale. It turns out this is a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy of 2023 and a 92 Point wine. Now, I do not normally care how many points a wine gets, but this time I agre…
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Trading Post by Trader Joe's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2022- $20 Trader Joe's Napa I have never heard of a" by Trader Joe's" wine, in the past they were all Platinum or Diamond Reserve wines. So what is the deal here is this a new wine program by Trader Joe's or a one-off? I don't know, it is not the same as last year's series of Napa sub-AVA …
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Peirano Estate Illusion Red Blend 2021-The Bang For The Buck Is no Illusion This is an Old Vine Zinfandel-based Red Blend from a family-owned Lodi AVA winery that has been growing grapes since the 1880s. The blend has zinfandel, merlot, petite sirah, and cabernet sauvignon. It is delicious, there is a story here, but you will have to read the revie…
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Poppy Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2019- Single Vineyard-3 Production Techniques-Under $15 This is a Chardonnay sourced from a single vineyard in an elite (Santa Lucia Highlands) growing region. Using 3 production techniques most wines use one! Selling for under $15. This is a brand you should know! For further information check out https://che…
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Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Sonoma County Brut Sparkling Wine-2023 Edition-Tis The Bubbly Season This is TJ's $14.99 Sonoma Bubbly. The Fearless Flyer says it is equal to Bubbly selling for far more. Is it? That is hard to say without tasting all the comparable Sparkling wines at the same time., But what I can say is that it tastes great! For mor…
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Skull Red Wine 2021-Organic-Bespoke+Skulls I have never had a bad Skulls/Skeleton wine. This is a Red Blend from a famous Sommelier and one of the leading Syrah wine producers in California. It is a small-production wine that is essentially hand-made and I found selling for $15. Not all value-priced wine is factory wine. For more info check out htt…
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Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2022 Lot 124-$13 and Real Good This is a Pinot noir from someone with 50 years of experience in the Oregon Wine Industry. He was one of the first people to plant vines. He owned one of the best-selling wineries. Today he is a custom label winery and a Negociant. Is this a good Thanksgiving-rea…
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Elouan Oregon Chardonnay 2020-From The Man Who Brought You Meiomi Pinot Noir This is an Oregon Chardonnay from Joe Wagner, a member of the Wagner family who is 6th generation in Napa Valley, they are best known for Caymus wines. Joe Wagner is one of the sons and he is known for Meiomi Pinot Noir a brand he founded and sold for a third of a billion …
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Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir 2021- The Best $15 Pinot Nour? There was a Trader Joe's Platinum Carneros Pinot Noir 2020 which was not too far off from the 2021 vintage. Carneros does not do value-priced wine, it is a high-end growing region. The Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve wines are hitting well above their price point! Check …
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Trader Joe's Reserve Santa Ynez Valley GSM 2022-Rhone Valley By Way of Santa Barbara California A GSM wine and this is an MSG wine, is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. It is the classic Red Blend of the Southern Rhone Valley in Southern France. This version is from Santa Barbara County AVA about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Is it Good,…
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Burlwood Brut Sparkling Wine-Aldi-The Best 5 Buck Bubbly-Give a Listen This is a $4.95 wine from Aldi, E & J Gallo makes it. they also make Andre's Champagne (not really) and Barefoot Bubbly. Five buck bubbly can't possibly be any good, well check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and listen to the podcast and find out! Check us out at www.cheapwine…
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Cameron Hughes Russian River Pinot Noir 2018 Lot 947-$60 Selling For $19, List To This! Cameron Hughes Wines says this is a Pinot Noir purchased from a company that discontinued their high-end Pinot Progam! Cameron Hughes is a negociant listen to the Podcast for all the details, If you want high-end wine for less this is your PODCAST!! For all the …
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Aldi Specially Selected Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2022-Alto Adige Is The Money Pinot Grigio There are over 300 White wine grapes in Italy. They are all delicious, especially when enjoyed with the region's cuisine. All most people know about Italian White wine is Pinot Grigio, but Pinoy Grigio is the White grape of far northern Italy. The rest of Ital…
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Mumm Napa Blanc de Blanc-It Is Time To Talk About Holiday Bubbly This is C H Mumm's Napa outpost of their Champagne House. C H Mumm has been around for almost 200 years, Napa about 40 years. The Napa version is the Blanc de Blanc which is a White wine from White grapes. This is a Chardonnay dominant Bubbly, while the house style is %0% Chardonnay a…
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Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2021- A $13 Modern Pinot Noir In California, there are two competing styles of Pinot Noir, the Burgundian style and the modern Meiomi style which is rich and full. I am old school, I dig the Burgundian style, but I am well aware that the new style has its followers. The new style reminds m…
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VINTJS Sonoma County Chardonnay 2021-Trader Joe's Excellent $9 Everyday Chardonnay This VINTJS Sonoma County Chardonnay is a delightful oaky Chard! You do not expect an oak-conditioned Chardonnay to sell for $8.99. While this Chardonnay has an oak influence has a balanced oak influence, which results in excellent flavor, It is not your typical $9 C…
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VINTJS Redwood Valley Zinfandel 2021-Give it a Try This is a Trader Joe's $9.99 wine. In the past VINTJS wines were $6.99, but in the last few years were wine from the Sonoma Coast AVA. Wines from the Sonoma Coast do not sell for $6.99, maybe $26,99 and up, but not the lessor. VINTJS skipped the 2020 vintage and is now back with this 2021 vintage. …
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Prayers Of Sinners Washington Red Blend 2020-Skeletons Make Good Halloween Wine! This is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Merlot from a brand associated with Chateau Ste Michelle from Washington State. The front label has a half skeleton half man in suit being attached by octopus tentacles. When you turn the lights out the whole scene is a skeleton. Th…
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Cannonball California Sauvignon Blanc 2022-A Blast of Flavor The Cannonball Sauv Blanc is a wine I found for $11.99 at a local wine shop. I wasn't expecting anything different, but then I saw that they used the plentiful Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc and added a dash of Clone 27, the Musque Clone. To find out why that is special read https://cheapwinefin…
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Aldi Specially Selected Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2021-Going Upscale With Aldi @$14.99 This is the top of the ten Aldi Speciality Selected wines. It is a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon of unknown origin, anything above $15 and you are going to want to know where it came from. What we do know about it, is that it is a tasty wine with a bit of a…
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William Wright Monterey Chardonnay 2021-I Dare You To Find A Better $6.99 Chardonnay This is an Aldi wine that is released vintage after vintage/ It is produced by a top-quality family-owned winery with an excellent history. Is $6.99 too cheap for a decent Chardonnay. Never judge a wine before you taste it! Check out https://cheapwinefinder.com/ an…
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Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Red Blend 2021-Costco $10.99- Do You Like Good Wine? This is one of the best Red Blends CWF has reviewed all year. Yes, we review value-priced wines, and this Red Sells for $10.99, but it is really good. Read https://cheapwinefinder.com/ and of course, listen to the best wine PODCAST for all the details!! Check us out…
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