In my locality, the Trader Joe’s in Millbrae and San Mateo are carrying four terrific wine bargains. Watch for these wines at your local TJ’s, they may carry them and if not ask why not?
2003 Lorca Pinot Noir, Gary’s Vineyard $14.99
Gary’s Vineyard is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County and is owned and managed by two guys named Gary. They sell Pinot Noir and Syrah grapes to several premium wineries and their grapes are in high demand. Their client wineries include Copain Wines, Kosta Browne, Siduri, and Testarossa. The Lorca label is that of winemaker John Bolta. John is the winemaker for Conundrum Wines and Caymus. My feeling is the Lorca Pinot is equal to or better than many $30 Pinot Noir wines. You will be hard pressed to find a Pinot Noir any better at this price.
2006 Peter Paul Serracino Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel $9.99
This well-made Zinfandel is a little on the heavy side but it is delicious. We had it with a barbecue fillet mignon and it was a perfect match. Big wine, big food! We drank this wine alongside a Ridge Zinfandel priced at $30 and it held its own. On the Peter Paul Website, they list their Zin at $20.
2006 Trader Joe’s Petite Verdot made by Ancient Peaks Winery – $9.99
If you want to try a very different Bordeaux style of flavor than the tradition Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, try this wine. My Trader Joe’s seem to stock this wine sparingly. It is sold out and the next week they have another set on the shelves. This wine goes fast.
2006 San Greal Red Supper Wine $6.99
I mentioned this wine in a previous blog post. It is just a terrific bargain wine. The 2006 is a blend of 23% Merlot, 55% Syrah and 22% Sangiovese – all organically grown. It sells at the winery for $9.99.