We got the scoop from a Trader Joe's insider.
Our love for Trader Joe's is well-known, and apparently, that extends to its wine selection, too. The popular retailer carries an impressive selection of inexpensive bottles, so it's a natural destination for stocking up ahead of all of the great dinner parties and get-togethers this holiday season.
Whether you're hosting this Thursday's big feast or joining in as a guest, it never hurts to have an extra bottle or two of your favorite wine. So we went directly to Trader Joe's to ask for its own recommendations for the Thanksgiving table. In addition to the versatile wines highlighted in the Fearless Flyer Food Pilgrimager, Trader Joe's rewarded us with another eight great picks, all for under $10 each.
Check them out below (note, prices may vary across the U.S.), and be sure to read on for our staff's personal favorites for Thanksgiving Day and beyond.
Trader Joe's Charles Shaw (various varietals), starting at $1.99
I drank a lot of Two-Buck Chuck back in my day. But! For Thanksgiving, it’s useful for mulled wine. I love the way it makes the entire house smell of cinnamon and cloves.
Grifone Primitivo, $3.99
So, this is kind of a guilty pleasure but a really affordable standby. It's actually really jammy and bright and good for easy drinking. I don't think I'd be able to tell it was only $3.99 in a blind taste test.
Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Pinot Noir, $5.99
I love Pinot Noir, so I'm picking up a couple of bottles of TJ's Petite Reserve Monterey Pinot Noir before my Friendsgiving.
1967 Cantina Del Grifone Toscana, $5.99
My husband and I stumbled upon 1967 when we were right out of college and had just moved to a state where Trader Joe's sold wine (yippee!). It was in our price range (read: cheap as heck but "nicer" than Two-Buck Chuck) and we loved the taste: dry and a lil' peppery. Totally perfect with pasta, which we ate all the time, and really any super-savory food. When we hosted our first Thanksgiving, 1967 was our table red. Everyone loved it.
Rabbit Ridge Allure De Robles - $6.99
Trader Joe's stocks a few different Rhone-style wines from Rabbit Ridge (located on California's central coast, Paso Robles). They are affordable, easy drinking crowd-pleasers that are versatile enough to pair with most Thanksgiving Day food.
Alamos Malbec, $8.99
Alamos is one of my favorite value wines. This Malbec holds up to all of the earthy, herbiness found in many savory Thanksgiving foods, as well as desserts with warming spices.
Incanto Prosecco, $11.99
I am all about the Cynar Spritz, which is winter's answer to the Aperol Spritz. This Trader Joe's prosecco is critical to making my spritzes happen. It's a super crisp, but still subtly fruity (think stone fruits) Veneto, and it's got a nice tart finish that complements the Cynar well.
What's your favorite wine from Trader Joe's? Tell us below!