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The Best Budget Rosé Wines at Trader Joe's

Today we're in the market for value rosés (under $13) that you can find in your nearby Trader Joe's. While some TJ's stores have specific selections of rosé from local vineyards, we focused on tasting wines that can be found across the country. After opening 8 bottles, we were left with 4 that we'd definitely seek out again. More

We Try Trader Joe's Jail House Gin

Trader Joe's Jail House Gin is 88 proof, and the label proudly announces that it's 'five times distilled in the former Navy brig on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.' The result: a gin that smells a little bit like cleaning fluid and quite a bit like vodka. More

Drinking Trader Joe's: We Try TJ's Kentucky Bourbon Straight Whiskey

As with all Trader Joe's products, there's a bit of smoke and mirrors about where this stuff comes from, but I did a little poking around. The label mentions Bourbon Square Distilling Co., but according to my contact at Buffalo Trace, this bourbon is distilled at the Barton 1792 Distillery, which is owned by the Sazerac Company. It sells for $14.99 for a 750ml bottle, which is darn cheap. But what does it taste like? More

Bottom Shelf Beer: Trader Joe's Boatswain IPA and HLV

Bottom Shelf research director Emily grew up along the Boston Marathon route, which means she's one of those odd people who think it's fun to watch tens of thousands of strangers jog until their nipples bleed. I certainly respect the dedication and athleticism of anyone who can run 26.2 miles in the same calendar month let alone one hot morning, but just because a thing is impressive does not mean the thing is entertaining. I don't want to watch people marathon any more than I want to watch people perform surgery or conduct themselves with dignity and restraint around Swedish meatballs. More

We Tried Every Trader Joe's "Trader Moon" Wine

I was intrigued to see some of the lesser known grape varieties among the mix (although the options might change from year to year and shop to shop). We picked them all up and gave them the Serious Eats Amateur Wine Tasting treatment. And while a few of the wines were forgettable, we were pleasantly surprised by a couple of bottles that, for $6 each, we'd be happy to pick up again. More

New Beer: Trader Joe's 2011 Vintage Ale

Domination of the bottom shelf is no guarantor of success in the big leagues, but all Trader Joe's beers are contract brewed, so they could conceivably arrange to slap their name on anything. Why not a bottled-on-lees Belgian-style strong ale that goes for a mere $4.99 per 750mL? For the seventh straight year, TJ has teamed up with Quebec's outstanding Unibroue to produce Trader Joe's Vintage Ale. More

We Tried Every Trader Joe's Private Label Coastal Wine

Having recently visited a Trader Joe's in San Francisco as well as the TJ's wine shop in New York City, I was surprised to discover how many different private label wines this chain has to offer. I had to wonder: how much do these wines really improve as you climb the price ladder? Could any of these wines be worth buying in bulk for Thanksgiving? More

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