Rosé Bouquet

May 08, 2017 in Category: Wine Insider

From the traditionalist’s perspective, the words “rosé” and “bouquet” don’t belong together. That’s because in wine-speak, bouquet refers specifically to those aromas that develop only during aging—characteristics of which youthful rosés have none. So, how can we justify such a verbal pairing? Aside from the obvious rhyming fun, we submit that similar to “a bunch of flowers, picked and tied together,” we’ve picked and tied together a bunch of wines... a Rosé Bouquet, if you will. And, just like a floral bouquet, these wines are...

Simpler Wines

April 29, 2017 in Category: What's New

Simpler Wines Italian Sparkling Wines combine the convenience of a can with a delightfully quaffable, Italian vino frizzante (sparkling wine). In Simpler Wines White, notes of juicy honeydew and fresh cut herbs provide sweet sippability, complementing such savory pairings as fresh bread & olives or Parmigiano Reggiano. The elegant, mineral notes and fresh, red fruit flavors of Simpler Wines Rosé are a natural fit for...

Pastabilities

April 17, 2017 in Category: Wine Insider

Some people believe that anything’s pastable. You know their kind—those hard-core noodle lovers that will drink just about anything with their pasta—OJ with orecchiette… kombucha with cavatappi… root beer with rigatoni… Being lovers-of-pasta, it’s actually pretty hard for us to argue with this pastilosophy. Still, we can’t help but point out that just because something’s pastable, doesn’t mean you should be doing it. That’s why, in this latest installment of the Wine Insider, we’re presenting five wines that are exceptionally amenable to pasta. To prove each wine’s pastability, we’ve paired each one with an original pasta dish made using...

Worthy Wines to Pair and Share

December 12, 2016 in Category: Wine Insider

December holds many opportunities for celebration. Which wines are party-worthy? Here are five we’ve chosen (there are many more on our shelves). We think each one of these wines is worthy to share—whether entertaining in your home among family and friends, or presenting with a bow at your neighbor’s doorstep. We’ve also paired these wines with five diverse cheeses in hopes that as this year comes to a close, Trader Joe’s can help you create a few more occasions worthy of remembrance…

California (Pinot) Dreamin' on Thanksgiving Day

November 14, 2016 in Category: Wine Insider

Thanksgiving Day, and it’s 80 degrees outside… Just a dream? In many places around the country, that’s all it would be—but not in California. Of course, not everyone wants summer weather on the holiday that’s the poster child for fall. Brisker temps and a little bit of bluster can make the Day and the meal that much cozier. Climate considerations aside, Trader Joe’s is envisioning an autumn dream on which most everyone can agree… Thanksgiving Day, and there’s plenty of California Pinot Noir to pour and share. You will not have to snooze to realize this dream. It will not cost you an arm and a turkey leg to fulfill, nor will it require any difficult decision-making. To make this California Pinot Dream your reality, just keep on reading...

Wines for the Picking

September 08, 2016 in Category: Wine Insider

How does that saying go? You can pick your wine, and you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your friends’ wine…? Something like that. As your friend (we're friends, right?) we have a hard time abiding by that old wine-friend-picking adage. Clearly, we already pick the wines we carry in our stores; and that picking is tantamount to us saying, “Here, friend… these are some wines we’ve chosen for you.” Still, we’re well aware that staring at the rows of bottles in any of our stores might arouse some anxiety, culminating in the moment you grasp the fact that you still have plenty more picking to do! Grape farmers can relate; September is picking season...