Sorry I haven’t updated this site (or the mobile version) in a long time. I still have big plans for it but just haven’t made the time. Someday hopefully.
Just yesterday I came across the Trader Joe’s Official Wine Guide. Hadn’t noticed it on their site before. Pretty extensive coverage of wine types and food pairings, many varietals I’ve never heard of. About halfway through they describe their different TJ’s labels, such as VINTJs, Reserve, and Petite Reserve. I think they left out Grower’s Reserve, but at least they’re trying to clear up some of the confusion.
Note: TJ’s Coastal series is from Castoro Cellars. It says so right on the label. I haven’t tried many of the Coastals lately but I’ve always loved their Fume Blanc for $6. Recently I visited their winery in Paso Robles and picked up some great wines not found in stores (such as the Primitivo 2008…wow is it tasty!).