Trader Joe’s Wines Review

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty. Either way, there is room for more wine.

Over the past few months, we have been covering various red and white wines from Trader Joe’s, starting at the cheapest of the cheap.

To be honest, I haven’t even made a dent in the wine collection that they have there in terms of what I have reviewed, but it has sure been fun.

This will be the last of this series for a little while, in order to make room for some seasonal and holiday wine posts along with some fun food & wine pairings, all of which I am so excited about!

If you all enjoyed this series and want more like it, please let me know! It will be tough for me to sample all these delicious wines, but someone has to take one for the team, and I’ll volunteer:)

The Last of Trader Joe’s Wines Review Series… For Now

wines from trader joe's

I wanted to branch out and go for something that I wouldn’t normally reach for, so I asked my husband to choose them since he is much more adventurous than I am. What can I say, opposites do attract.

Both of these wines are from Benefactor Cellars and I can say with almost 100% certainty that he picked them purely based on the fact that they have a skull on the bottle. Boys will be boys.

This winery is located in South Eastern Australia which is a good addition to these reviews since I have never had a wine out of that region. Both were $4.99 at Trader Joe’s.

2013 Benefactor Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Smell: A really strong scent of fermented cherries

Taste: Right out of the bottle, this wine has a bold flavor. If you let it sit out and aerate in the glass, the flavor gets slightly softer and easier on the palate. It is very dry and you get that fuzzy-like feeling remaining in your mouth after drinking.

I get strong notes of cherry and maybe cherry or strawberry, I couldn’t quite decide. There is a pepper flavor overlapping with the cherry as well and the wine finishes smoothly, but it is quite tart.

I would give this 3 stars.*** It isn’t perfect, but it would be a nice weeknight wine to pair with pasta or steak, for all of you red meat eaters. (I personally don’t ever serve red meat in my household) If you like dry wines and are looking for a cheap choice, this one isn’t bad! I would say, give it a shot.

Benefactor Cellars Chardonnay

Smell: Right away you get the smell of green apple combined with a light hint of a butter scent

Taste: Compared to other Chardonnays, this is on the less-buttery side. It is smooth and slightly creamy. The green apple scent floats over into the flavor along with a high amount of citrus. After the first glass, more of the green apple notes came through in the taste. There were no hints of oak, which I think is unusual for a Chardonnay.

This would pair well with a cheese plate, but not with a heavy meal. It is light enough and has enough acidity to balance out the heaviness that some cheeses have.

I would again give this 3 stars****. It is a little too overpowering in the citrus flavors for my taste, but it is not bad.

You can check out all of the Trader Joe’s Wine Reviews here on the “Wine Reviews +” page.

*Cheers to a great end to a new beginning*

joanna at motherhood and merlot

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2 comments

  1. I’ll have to swing by Trader Joes later and try something! Though my tastes run to sweet stuff–my new blog was almosted called Moscato Mom, but it’s already taken.

    1. You should try one of the Pinot Grigios that I reviewed! They aren’t as sweet as a Moscato, but still on the sweet-ish side for those that want to branch out from their normal wine of choice a little bit:)

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