Grocery Store Chardonnay
Is there anything better than finding a grocery store Chardonnay that you truly love? As much as I love finding and getting wines from wineries that can’t be found at the grocery store sometimes the hassle and cost simply isn’t worth it. Rarely do I take the time to go on a wineries website and order. Rather, I tend to only buy from wineries when I am there in person, tasting, and don’t have to pay for a shipping fee. Nothing like adding $15+ more to an order thanks to the damn shipping fees lol. Side note: a trick for the shipping fees is sign up for your favorite wineries mailing lists and often they send out free or 1 cent shipping offers :-).
Anyways, I thought I would share with you some grocery store Chardonnay’s that I am loving right now that can be found at nearly every store across the nation. Enjoy!
I have seen the Toasted Head label for years but for whatever reason never tried it until recently. It was the “Barrel Aged” on the label that caught my eye at Costco a couple months and ever since I’ve been hooked. I am such a sucker for a barrel fermented Chardonnay. At $7.49, I will be a fan for life. This barrel aged Chardonnay is a bit sweeter than others, in my opinion, so I think it would be a hit for both those who love sweet whites and/or oaky ones.
I have talked about this Pacific Grove Chardonnay before (click the picture above to read the original article). I loved it so much that I wrote a blog post solely on this wine hahaha. Well, my love for it continues. I have never had a more oaky filled wine! At $5.99 I really scored with this wine as I ALWAYS have a couple bottles in my fridge. If you have a Trader Joes around you be sure to get your hands on a couple.
I tried this Edna Valley Chardonnay for the first time on Christmas Eve and instantly fell in love. This Chardonnay has the perfect combination of bright fruit flavors and buttery goodness. This medium bodied white is bound to be a daily driver in my house for a while :-). $10.99 from my local grocery store.
La Crema – Sonoma Coast
This La Crema Chardonnay I am sure you have all seen if you ever frequent the wine aisle. You may have noticed that they have two different Chardonnay’s one from the Sonoma Coast and the other from Monterey. So which to get? To me, they taste vastly different. The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay has a richer, more full-bodied aspect to it than the Monterey Chard. If you prefer a brighter more fruit forward Chardonnay than I would go with the Monterey. At $13.99 you can’t go wrong with either one! I suggest getting them both and doing a fun side by side with them. The perfect excuse for a little wine tasting hahaha.
Stags Leap Wine Cellars – Karia
Lastly, looking for a more expensive grocery store wine? Perhaps as a gift or for hosting a party? Than a timeless option is the Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia. My father in law gets me this wine every year for my birthday and I always save it for a special occasion. This medium bodied Chardonnay has tons of vanilla with a touch of stone fruit and lemon on the nose. On the palate you may get apple, pear, and the perfect amount of creamy oak. To me this wine is the epitome of the perfect balance of fruit and oak. Everything their winemaker touches is gold, I tell ya. At $27.99 you won’t be disappointed with this beauty.
So tell me…what is your favorite grocery store Chardonnay? I would love to try some new one’s! CHEERS, friends.