I don’t know about you, but I find myself saving those “special” bottles of wine for an occasion and feeling guilty popping open a $20-$40 bottle of wine mid-week. My new, favorite, middle-of-the-week wines are a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc I recently discovered and a French Sancerre (which is typically also a Sauvignon Blanc grape varietal grown in the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley in France).
Laurent Reverdy Sancerre is available at Trader Joe’s for $11.99 which is quite inexpensive for a Sancerre, compared to other Sauvignon Bancs which can be easily found for $10. If you have never had Sancerre, and want to try it, this is a good place to start. If you are a Sancerre expert, then this might be a pass for you.
An alternative to Sancerre, is Cheverny which is typically a blend of Sauvignon Blanc grapes with other local grapes. I am just learning about French wines and there is so much to know, so please share comments that you may have.
My other new go-to wine at Trader Joe’s is the Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. At $9.99, this is a great wine and received 89 points from Wine Spectator. The review describes the wine as having “honeysuckle and apple blossom notes” with “terrific acidity supporting bright, fresh flavors of green apple, honeydew melon and tangerine.”
Look forward to hearing your reviews as you try these wines out yourself !