What is the lowest price you can spend to still have good wine? Well, that all depends. You can get stellar wines for great prices from Chile, Argentina, and Spain. However, would you dare spend $4 and expect a decent wine?
I've picked up some $4 wine just because I was curious. You could say it's easy to be curious for a measly $4. But when the wine is $30 and up curiosity is no longer an acceptable reason to purchase the wine. There's a bit more at stake. This is where the overwhelming factor about wine starts to creep in.
So, let's talk about curiosities. How many of you have had Trader Joe's Wines? Not all are $4, but that's what it will cost you to pick up their Pinot Noir labeled Cherry Blossom.
A friend actually picked up this bottle. Out of curiosity, of course. She was pleasantly surprised that it actually tasted good and noted a pleasant vanilla aroma and flavor to the wine (this comes from oak barrel aging). She loved the label too. The cherry blossoms are a nice touch.
Next thing you know, she and I are enjoying a glass of this "cheap" wine which turned out to be a pleasant, drinkable wine. Now, is this going to compete with a Pinot Noir from Four Graces or Ponzi in Willamette Valley, Oregon? It doesn't have the depth of flavors and nuances that you'll find in those wines from Oregon that run about $45+. But Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir is a pleasant everyday, picnic wine.
This is a wine you can enjoy knowing that you didn't spend a fortune and it's still a pleasant, drinkable wine.
Trader Joe's Cherry Blossom Wrap Up
If you're on a budget or just looking for some wine that won't put a big dent in your wallet try Trader Joe's Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir. It's a drinkable wine that's got strawberry and raspberry flavors. It has a nice level of acidity along with some toast and vanilla flavors.
Keep in mind that some cheaper wines can have a slightly off taste when you first start drinking them. Sometimes that will flash off after it's been open for a while and gets some air to it. You can even decant it to flash off these off-flavors. Now, go forth and be curious! Enjoy!