Bargain Wines – Trader Joe’s Pontificis

It is the week of Thanksgiving and there is much to rejoice in our land of plenty. Here are two wines that you can put on the Thanksgiving table for all to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pontificis – Trader Joe’s $5.99 (Ray’s pick)

Pontificis at TJ’s

Here’s a beautifully-crafted red blend at an amazingly low price for such quality. Clocking in at 13.5 % alcohol, this deep purple French wine has the aromas of herbs and blackberries. The wine is made up of Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%) and Mourvedre (20%). It’s balanced and smooth on the palate with a slight chocolate after-taste. Its tannic base is unobtrusive but tempers the fruit notes. At this price, it’s seriously a deal. 89 points.

Robledo 2009 Seven Brothers Sauvignon Blanc – Safeway $9.99 (Joe’s Pick)
The Robledo Sauvignon Blanc is part of the current 30%-off sale at Safeway Stores in California. This one may not be at all Safeway stores, but I picked this one up at the Burlingame Safeway. The Robledo Family was the first Latino winery in Sonoma County. They own vineyards in Sonoma, Napa, and Lake County where this wine originated. This 2009 S.B. is a beauty at this sale price of $9.99. The holiday season is coming and if you are throwing a big bash and looking for wines under $10, consider this one. There is just a touch of citrus flavors along with some melon notes. This is a balanced Sauvignon Blanc. I love the gentle finish on this wine in flavors and acidity. I checked the Robledo website and found it selling on their online wine shop for a whopping $22. Now to clarify the Safeway sale, if you buy one bottle of the Robledo, it is $9.99. If you buy six, mix or match, the price amounts to $9 a bottle and that is a very good price for such a decent-tasting wine. The more I taste wines from Lake County, the more I like them and find them to be very good values. I give the Robledo S.B. 88 Points

Robledo Sauvignon Blanc  2009 Lake County

Robledo Sauvignon Blanc – $9.99 at the Safeway sale

If you are interesting in visiting the Robledo winery in Carneros, there on the Sonoma Carneros Wine Trail on Wine Country Getaways.


  1. Was just in the Safeway at 4th and King in SF, but unfortunately they didn’t have any.

    I have visited Robledo twice, and even got to know one of the sons somewhat well. I think their winery isn’t as strong as it may have been 5-6 years ago, but still quite good.

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