You’re at Trader Joe’s, you just put a salad kit and chicken in your cart, and you need a bottle of wine for dinner.
The wine aisle can be overwhelming, but fear not, I’ve picked out a few brands that should be good! The usual disclaimer: I have not had all these wines, and I don’t have my own tasting notes for them, however, based on what I know about the brands and their reliability, these are the bottles I would count on on to deliver a solid wine.
Pair these with a creamy chicken dish, a fresh salad, a veggie stir-fry, or seafood pasta. Or goat cheese. Sauvignon Blanc + goat cheese is the best.
Here are my picks at my local store, from left to right:
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($6.99): Chateau Ste. Michelle is a popular winery in Washington, and even though they have a huge presence in the grocery store, they do make some good wine! This one should be a good budget-friendly bottle for chilling to a crisp and sipping on a warm day.
- Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99): Another affordable pick from a favorite winery of mine. Rodney Strong is in Sonoma County, and this one should be a typical California Sauv B, with tropical fruit and zesty citrus notes.
- Bogle California Sauvignon Blanc ($7.99): I like Bogle because it’s affordable and easy to drink and sometimes that’s exactly what you need! This one is probably exactly what a cheap SB should be: fresh, zippy, and delicious when chilled.
- Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc ($5.99): A clean wine with fresh acidity to wash down a simple green meal or enjoy at the beach — not bad at this price.
- Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc ($12.99): From a great winery in Sonoma County, this one is a “Fumé” Blanc, which means it was made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes following a French style where it’s aged in oak towards the end of the process to add more complexity (instead of being aged entirely in stainless steel like a regular SB). So it’s still got the freshness of Sauv B, but a bit of smoothness and depth of something like a Chardonnay. Try it and see what you think!
As a note, this is just the US Sauvignon Blanc selection. There are some amazing ones from New Zealand and Australia and France, too, but those are organized separately at Trader Joe’s. They’ll come later.