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Monday, May 18, 2009

Summer Alcohol a la Trader Joe's

As I sip on a glass of wine tonight while watching the season premiere of The Bachelorette (don't judge), I thought I'd pay tribute to my two favorite alcoholic indulgences from Trader Joe's.

Although I'm a red fan in the winter, I really like having a nice glass of white wine when the weather warms up. I'm not a huge Chardonnay fan, and though I used to drink Rieslings I now find it a bit too sweet for most occasions. So I usually settle for a nice Sauvignon Blanc. Then last summer, I was introduced by my sister-in-law Beth, to this gem of a bottle of wine from Trader Joe's: Honey Moon Viognier.

It's both fruity and floral, but not overly sweet with a hint of honey. The PERFECT $5 bottle of wine. Some other cheap wine tastes cheap, and this does not. At all. It tastes great! One of my favorite whites, even compared to pricier bottles. Try it :-)

Now, for the beer category, I love, love, love a good wheat beer and again Trader Joe's carries one of my faves: Trader Joe's Bavarian Style Hefeweizen.

According to the description, in Bavaria, a unique strain of wheat beer yeast produces an array of distinct flavor qualities typical of a true Hefeweizen: citrus, bubble gum, clove and banana. But have no fear...this beer is not a sweet bubble gum and banana explosion. Again, I'm no connoisseur and I may not know all the flavor "notes" this hits, I just know it's really, really good. And for $1 a bottle it's also a good deal!

I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of my affordable summer faves and feel free to recommend any of yours to me as well!


Sara Ellen May 19, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

I am right there with you when it comes to loving red wine and then on occasion just really being ready for a glass of white wine.

A few weeks ago I took a great bottle of white wine to a dinner party at Nancy Krelle's house. It was recommended to me by the sommelier at Grapevine Wines in Kirkwood and goes very well with a light pasta dish and salad.

Here is the label:

Here is a review I found online:,5156,5029,00.html

It was about $13 where I bought it and well worth it. And hey, it'll give you a taste of Italy before your trip.


Colleen MacDonald May 19, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

I have been pining for a Trader Joes to come to my town for years, and we just got the news: One will be arriving in a few months! I'm OVERJOYED!!! Soon I will be able to try out these drinks that you recommend without having to drive up to Seattle to do it!

Stephanie May 19, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

Thanks for the rec, Sara!

And Colleen, that's awesome. I love Trader Joe's! You'll have to let me know what you think :-)


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