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From Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Grigio, there is always something to learn about and try in the world of Wine. Explore with us as we drink our way through various wines.

Costco's Hello Summer Wine Sampler Reviews

Costco Summer Wine Sampler Reflective Wings Label

Reflective Wings Chardonnay from Costco’s Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2023) | A Review

Costco just released their “Hello Summer Wine Sampler 2021”.  This sampler contains 12 unique wines (in perfectly sized 375ml bottles) where one different wine can be sampled each day for 12 days. Today is Day 2 (of 12) of the wine sampling: a white wine from Spain Reflective Wings Chardonnay (2020).  Our team loved this Chardonnay as it had sweet and crisp citrus and apple notes. This wine pairs well with seafood (it was so good with our calamari steak and caper butter sauce), hard cheeses and other salty foods.

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Costco Summer Wine Sampler Sweet Red

Sweet Red from Costco’s Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2023) | A Review

Our taste testing team was split on this wine. This wine has nuances of dark fruits and berries, but what was “controversial” was the actual sweetness of the wine: this sweetness was either just right or just too much. It is suggested that this Sweet Red should be paired with roast beef, duck in a cherry sauce, Gorgonzola cheese, lasagna, sautéed mushrooms, or butternut squash with kale. Grab a box of Costco’s Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2021) and let us know what you think about the Sweet Red (2020).

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Costco Summer Wine Sampler Sovereign Virtue Front Label

Sovereign Virtue Rose from Costco’s Hello Summer Wine Sampler (2023) | A Review

Sovereign Virtue is an Italian rose made of two grapes: 51% Sangiovese & 49% Merlot.  This pink wine has a distinctly strawberry flavor with a strong acidic finish.  Like biting into a tangy strawberry, some of our team really liked it while others did not prefer the lasting tartness.  If paired with food, it is recommended to drink this wine with shellfish, grilled fish, tangy cheese (like goat cheese), strawberries, or even sweet potato dishes.

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Featured Series: Latest Trader Joe's Wines

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Kahawa 1893 at Trader Joe’s: “Ground”-breaking Coffee

Trader Joe’s offers a diverse array of coffee options, including the “ground”-breaking Kenyan coffee Kahawa 1893, which we highly recommend. If you’re already at Trader Joe’s, don’t forget to check out other delightful blends like the Organic Fair Trade Wake Up Blend, French Roast Whole Bean Coffee, and the convenient Cold Brew Concentrate. Whether you prefer a bold and rich taste or a smooth and mellow cup, Trader Joe’s has something for everyone. The next time you visit Trader Joe’s, explore the coffee aisle and embark on a coffee journey that transcends borders and cultures.

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Trader Joe's Simpler Wines Boxes

Trader Joe’s Canned Wine: The Perfect Blend of Convenience and Flavor

Discover the delightful world of Trader Joe’s canned wine – a perfect blend of convenience and flavor. Explore their diverse selection, from Simpler Wines to Underwood Wines and more. Learn how to enjoy canned wine, its quality compared to bottled, and why it’s gaining popularity. Find out the alcohol content, how long it lasts after opening, and why Trader Joe’s canned wine is a top choice for wine enthusiasts. Sip sustainably, both indoors and outdoors, with Trader Joe’s canned wine selection.

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White Wine at Trader Joe’s: Two Buck Chuck and more

Discover the world of white wine at Trader Joe’s. Uncover the best picks, from budget-friendly classics like Charles Shaw Chardonnay to the exquisite Trader Joe’s Reserve wines. Learn about the differences between classic and reserve wines, explore the top-rated choices, and find out if cheap wine tastes better with age. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or a casual sipper, our article has everything you need to navigate the wide selection of white wines at Trader Joe’s.

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Rosé in various wine glasses

Our Top 3 Picks for Rosé Wine this Summer 2023

Happy Rosé Day (i.e. June 12th, 2021)! As rosés can have such variety, there is a range of color and flavors, pairing nicely with everything from green salads, cheese plates and even barbequed lamb/pork. Read more for some of the recent rosés we’ve tried and recommend for you to enjoy this summer and Rosé day!

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Trader Joe's Blue Shell Sauvignon Blanc Front Label

Trader Joe’s Blue Shell Sauvignon Blanc

If you’ve been, you can understand when I say that you could probably just live off of the French bread, cheese and wine.  C’est magnifique!  In this post, we were inspired by our love of traveling to France and eating French food.   Below are our thoughts about Trader Joe’s Blue Shell Sauvignon Blanc from the south of France.

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