Wine

8 Under-$10 Wines from Trader Joe’s That Need to Be on Your Thanksgiving Table

We got the scoop from a Trader Joe's insider.

November 20, 2018
Photo by Rocky Luten

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.


Bubbly

  • Cecilia Beretta Treviso Prosecco, $8.99: A great prosecco perfect for appetizers and toasting; it's fresh and rounded with fruity aromas and notes of sweet almond.

Rosé

  • La Ferme Julien Rosé, $5.99: This rosé has delicate red fruit and citrus aromas, and will go well with pretty much everything on the Thanksgiving table.
  • J.L. Quinson Côtes de Provence Rosé, $7.99: Another bright rosé with raspberry and red currant notes. You can expect crisp acidity and an elegant finish.

White

  • Villa Borghetti Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie Grigio Luna, $5.99: A balanced white with good acid and structure, with floral notes and hints of pear and apricot.
  • Big Churn Chardonnay, $6.99: A white that can stand up to the big flavors of the holiday table, this Chardonnay is decidedly oaky and buttery with toasty vanilla aromas.

Red

  • Moon X Cabernet Sauvignon, $6.99: A big and bold red with dense, ripe berries; it's juicy and intense and would go well with roasted meats.
  • Moon X Black Pinot Noir, $6.99: A lush and velvety pinot noir with a plummy profile. Easy drinking with plenty of vanilla-oak notes and warm spices.
  • Tribunal Red Wine North Coast, $9.99: A perfect complement to your cheese course, this full-bodied red tastes of bright raspberry and red plums, with a dark chocolate finish. You'll find hints of cinnamon, black pepper, and anise.

Staff Favorites

Eric Kim, Senior Editor

Trader Joe's Charles Shaw (various varietals), starting at $1.99

Join The Conversation

Top Comment:
“Also, pretty much any of the TJ Reserve wines will give you a great value for the price.”
— Corey-Jan
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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.

Brinda Ayer, Books & Special Projects Editor

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.

Katie Macdonald, Assistant Editor

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.

Emma Laperruque, Food Writer & Recipe Developer

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.

Peter Romero, Senior Account Executive

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.

Hana Asbrink, Senior Lifestyle Editor (It's Me!)

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.

Ella Quittner, Food Writer & Recipe Developer

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!

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12 Comments

Cecilia November 23, 2018
Our favorite is Chariot, a "gypsy" red blend from California. Delicious and very affordable (I think around $4-5). http://www.chariotwines.com/
 
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Hana A. November 23, 2018
Thanks Cecilia, noting it for my next wine run! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. :)
 
Greg November 22, 2018
Try the La Grania Temperanillo ("The Pig"). $3.99 full of fruit and flavor...my every day favorite.
 
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Hana A. November 23, 2018
Greg, I love that one, too! All of La Granja is great (the pig and zebra are my favorites ;)). Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Nancy B. November 21, 2018
My favourite Trader Joe wine is Red Fin Red Table wine.
 
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Hana A. November 23, 2018
Can't wait to try that one, thanks Nancy! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. :)
 
Sandra November 21, 2018
Susumaniello ruggero di bardo! Unfortunately they don't always have it, but if they do I stock up on it. Tastes really rich and bold. And the bottle looks pretty cool too ;-) $9.99
 
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Hana A. November 23, 2018
I will keep an eye out, thanks Sandra! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. :)
 
Ann November 21, 2018
Honeymoon Viognier is great for $4.99<br />Also Segura Vidius Brut Reserva for $7.99
 
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Hana A. November 23, 2018
Thanks for the recommendations, Ann - will have to check them out! Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Corey-Jan November 20, 2018
It's a little pricier, but at about $16, the 1001 Stories Bourbon barrel Zinfandel at TJ's is incredibly drinkable and delicious.<br /><br />Also, pretty much any of the TJ Reserve wines will give you a great value for the price.
 
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Hana A. November 20, 2018
Thanks so much for the rec, Corey-Jan! I'm totally going to keep an eye out for 1001 the next time I'm at a TJ's wine shop. And I'm with you: The Reserve line is so good! <br /><br />Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)