A sommelier compared 11 wines from Costco, Target, Trader Joe’s, and BJ’s — and the winner was clear

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Sara Lehman is the private sommelier and lifestyle director of 160 Madison, which is a luxury, residential high-rise building in Manhattan. She also owns the wine and travel blog Somm in the City.
We gave Sara 11 different low-cost wines to try from big-box stores like Costco, Target, BJ’s, and Trader Joe’s
Watch the video above to see how she ranked bottles of cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio, and rosé, all under $10.

Following is a transcript of the video.

Sara Lehman: I’m Sara Lehman. I am the owner of Somm in the City. It is a wine and travel blog that focuses on food, wine, and luxury.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Kirkland, Costco — $7.99

Give it a nice swirl first. It’s quite fruity, but it’s a little mild. Ooh. I actually like this. It has a little bit more complexity than I was expecting it to have.

Charles Shaw, Trader Joe’s — $3.99

Hmm. Wow. This is definitely not as powerful as a cabernet that I would expect. It’s just really approachable and very friendly, and I think this is a good cabernet.

The Collection, Target — $9.99

Very smooth. Wow. Not gonna lie, didn’t expect that from Target, but I would drink this.

Wellsley Farms, BJ’s — $7.99

This one’s definitely spicy. It’s a nice wine. There’s nothing too complex about it. There’s a lot of fruit, and you get a lot of this sour cherry, bright strawberry, and raspberry, and then it just kind of finishes flat.

Untamed Vine, Lidl — $8.99

Oh, excellent. Wow. Alright, so right off the bat, you’re getting a lot of this cranberry and currants. Then you’re getting this really nice, like meatiness and like some nice coco. I really like the sweet baking spice I’m also getting in this. I feel like this wine has a lot of layers.

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My first choice is definitely the Untamed Vine. I think that this definitely showed everything that I love about California and California wines. I would say my second favorite would actually be the Kirkland. I was pleasantly surprised by that. It had some personality to it, and I really would not knock this wine. For my third, I would have to go with The Collection. Then I would say my fourth one would be the Charles Shaw. I just thought that this wasn’t as strong as the other few. Lastly would be the Wellsley Farms, and that’s just because I felt that it just tastes very commercial.

Pinot Grigio
Kirkland, Costco — $7.89

Pleasant nose. I think it’s definitely very typical of Pinot Grigio. This is what I would expect from it. Not as much acidity as I thought it would have, which is pleasant because sometimes Pinot Grigio can be a little too racy and aggressive. But what I really like about this wine is the fact that it’s medium bodied and it has a really smooth finish.

Charles Shaw, Trader Joe’s — $3.99

Ooh. I’m kind of getting like an apple juice nose, which is interesting. So this one definitely has a lot …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Life


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