Trader Joe's: A grocery store. A culture. A DESTINATION. I don't work for TJ's, I am simply a customer who loves the store, the products, & the experience.
This blog was a year-long project. In 2015 I reviewed 1 TJ's product EVERY SINGLE DAY. I visited lots of TJ's stores around the country, and when the year ended I couldn't stop. I still post often (though not daily) & I welcome your comments on the products & reviews.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Day 227 - Villa Cerrina Italia Chardonnay Pinot Grigio (2013)
We served this wine (a blend of Chardonnay (60%) and Pinot Grigio (40%)
with take-out pad thai from our local Thai restaurant. Don’t judge – we were tired and I didn’t feel
well… It was just a “slap some pad thai
on a plate, cover it with sriracha (which got a glowing review on day 45 of
this blog), and pour some wine” kind of dinner.
And this wine was a good match for it.
It was light and fruity. The
label identifies the fruit notes as apples, peaches, and citrus but in my tired
and stuffy nose state I identified them simply as FRUIT.
Chardonnay Pinot Grigio blend - go for it
David’s (also sleepy) take on this wine was “Nice, light, but with a
good body. Good for day drankin’…”. J
The bottle tells us it would be a good aperitif or good to serve with an
appetizer, light seafood or salad. I say
- it’s FIVE BUCKS. Serve it with
whatever the heck you want! It is cheap
but tastes good. It may not be a winner
of any fancy schmancy wine awards, but it is an acceptable white wine to serve
at your table. (Unless your table is
super fancy schmancy, in which case, you should shop at Wegman’s or Whole Foods
and not Trader Joe’s… But if you do go
to one of those other pricier grocery stores you will not find this wine,
because it is exclusive to Trader Joe’s.
Comes in just under $5 bucks. Cheap, cheap, cheap.
A blog called "The Winey Mom" (see what she did there? Clever...) says, "I can see why this wine is so popular. It's got a bargain price and the folks at Trader Joe's recommend it! It's a great party wine too because you can't really go wrong serving it to a large crowd. It's the best of both worlds: Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. I'd definitely get a few bottles to have on hand. And in mouth!". So there - if winey mom likes it you might well like it, too!