5 Wines I’ve Bought This Summer


This post from Meg reminded me that I’ve been meaning to do a wine roundup this summer, so here we are! Full disclosure here: I don’t know much about wine…at all. It’s kind of embarrassing; I’ll drink (and generally enjoy) most things, but am partial to light and crisper types on a hot summers day or night.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may recall that I do nearly all of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. So naturally, that’s who stocks my wine rack! A few of these are definitely exclusive to TJs, so hopefully you have access to one. Also–while I’ve graduated from Three Buck Chuck, the sub-$12 varieties consistently get my business. Here are five goodies I picked up this summer…

Le Ferme Julien Rosé, $5.99: First off, cute label. Taste wise, it’s crisp and on the drier side. TJs says it pairs great with pastrami or a tomato salad…I’d agree, but can can say it tastes great with anything–even by itself.

Les Portes de Bordeaux Rosé, $6.99: This has probably been my favorite rosé/wine in general this summer…it’s a combination of dry and sweet thanks to the fruity tones…you can definitely taste some strawberry. Not to bring this up again, but the label…looove. It’s light and no-nonsense…highly recommend!

Espiral Vinho Verde, $4.99: I don’t really know how to describe this except for that it’s really light, refreshing, and is almost a little bubbly. It’s wonderful! TJ’s description does say it has a “light sparkle,”….so that makes sense… composition wise, it’s made from grapes that are harvested before they’re fully ripe. This wine also has a lower alcohol content than many others!

Barbadillo Castillo de San Diego, $5.99: Slightly sweet, light, and crisp (like everything else I’ve drank this summer). I’d say this falls into the “nothing special, but very solid” category. A good one to have in the fridge for impromptu gatherings–just like my friend and I did for an hour during Bachelor in Paradise last night!

Kung Fu Girl Riesling, $11.49: A friend first introduced this to me four or five years ago and it’s probably my favorite riesling. The description says it has peachy and lychee notes, and I can definitely tell (that’s a lot coming from me…someone please recommend a good wine course). Grab a bottle for next time you get takeout Indian food!*

*Riesling pairs well with Asian food–I do know that much :)

I’d love to know: are there any great wines you’ve tried this summer? Send ’em this way!


  1. 1

    I’ve got to try the rosé!! The price is amazing!!
    XO, Jillian

  2. 3

    I bought a dry rosé from TJ’s a few weeks ago and loved it…and of course when I went back to get more, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was! La Ferme Julien was exactly it! You’ve saved the rosé day!

    Pineapples and Pearls

  3. 5

    Great post! Need to check these out!

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