The wines at Trader Joe’s

Industry Observer


As, you guys know I went to Trader Joe’s this past week, I ran into a young man named Josh who explained the Trader Joe’s concept to me. He also explained the 2 Buck Chuck concept to me which is buying grapes that were not used from other wineries or growers but the quality will vary vastly from year to year.


They also have their reserve wines and their platinum reserve. The Reserve wines go for $12.99 and are usually from vintners that sell their wines from 29.99 to 34.99 and the platinum reserve are from 34.99 to 59.99 values. They do not always have platinum reserves when they do get them there are only get 2 cases per store  distributed and when they are gone they are gone. They have lot numbers so each lot number is from a different winery or blend.


We did try the Grand Reserve Pinot and the Platinum Reserve Pinot and we decided we like the Grand Reserve better.


Overall wine prices and selections in our store was just good, the selection was okay but I prefer Central Market’s selection and the prices on Vieux Clicquot is better at Central Market but the Duckhorn Merlot  and Cabs were better priced at Trader Joe’s…I will keep comparing but will definitely buy their  Grand Reserve and Platinum Reserve wines.




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Comments (16)

Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Well, milady, you do have some discerning taste.  I would go with your recommendations any day of the week!

Feb 28, 2015 06:37 AM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

To be honest, Costco has a huge variety and at good prices. I usually don't go over about $12 a bottle regardless of what it is. 

Feb 28, 2015 07:41 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Yolanda - Our Trader Joe's just opened yesterday, and I'm going to post about it tomorrow. But our's doesn't have wine or beer - grocery stores can't sell those in Colorado - the liquor store owners have a very strong lobby. But I do like Veuve Cliquot and Duckhorn - nice choices!

Feb 28, 2015 07:42 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yolanda now you know I am very particular about my wines....let me tell you there is a dirt cheap Bordeaux I love and it is under ....I can not even say it well OK under $6 and it is my favorite:))Endre

Feb 28, 2015 11:32 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Endre Barath, Jr. I know you are picky, just like me but you must share the name and under $6 I am there!

Feb 28, 2015 11:35 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Yolanda,

You named one of my favorites, Veuve Cliquot!

Feb 28, 2015 11:35 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert , We don't have a Trader Joe's here, but hopefully soon.

Feb 28, 2015 11:38 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

They do not sell wine at grocery stores in Pa. I hope they will do so some day.

Feb 28, 2015 07:40 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sounds like you are getting quite good at finding the best wine for yourselves, Yolanda.

Feb 28, 2015 08:05 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yolanda, nice to hear you did find an acceptable wine at Trader Joe's!    I still go to my favorite liquor store for my wine.  

Feb 28, 2015 09:09 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

I have purchased their wines before and agree, you get a good wine at a reasonable price.

Feb 28, 2015 09:58 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We don't normally buy our wine from Trader Joes, but on occasion, they do have a decent bottle. I do like the store though, but we often shop at New Seasons or Whole Foods now. 

Feb 28, 2015 11:15 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Dick Greenberg I Love those two wines I will see your take on Trader Joe's

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert We to like Costco..they have good prices too but their selection changes constantly

Debb Janes I had heard so much about Trader Joe's wines that I had to try them..I usually buy my wine at Central Market (much like Whole Foods) who has  a great wine selection and specs and directly from the wineries.

Mar 01, 2015 12:06 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Like you said the two wines we tasted from TJ's were very good and I would drink these again but quantities are limited. I like TJ's ..

Mar 01, 2015 12:22 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I like Trader Joes, but there is not one close to us.  We go to Sam's Club for wines.

Mar 01, 2015 05:03 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


No more 2 buck chuck. Now 2.57 chuck. cheers cvc

Mar 01, 2015 06:34 AM