Cheap Wines That Don't Suck: Espiral Vinho Verde
My general rule about Trader Joe's wines is that the cheap ones aren't good and the good ones aren't cheap. However, there are exceptions, a fine example of which is the $3.99 Espiral Vinho Verde. This tasty wine exhibits all the qualities mentioned above. At a mere 9% alcohol, it has less than two-thirds the punch of most California wines. After tasting four bottles purchased at several different TJs, I feel confident that the 2008 does not suffer from the bottle variation this wine's sometimes subject to, at least not yet.