We asked a sommelier to rank budget wines from Costco, Target, Trader Joe's, BJ's, and Lidl to find out where you'll get the best bang for your buck
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Costco, Target, Trader Joe's, BJ's, and Lidl sell a lineup of budget wines.
- Costco, Target, Trader Joe's, BJ's, and Lidl all sell inexpensive wines.
- We asked a sommelier to taste-test a selection of budget wines from each of these retailers.
- The wines were all priced below $10, with one collection costing as little as $3.99.
- Here's how they compared.
Spending under $4 on a bottle of wine might be unthinkable to some people, but if you're in the market for a budget wine, there are plenty of good options at major retailers.
With this in mind, we asked a sommelier to taste-test a selection of budget wines from Costco, Target, BJ's Warehouse Club, Lidl, and Trader Joe's. We compared a cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio, and rosé at each of these stores. In some cases, not all bottles were available to test. Advertisement
Read more: We taste-tested 7 of Costco's Kirkland wines and were blown away by their price and quality. Here's how they ranked from worst to best.
Find out how she ranked the wines below:
First, meet our sommelier, Sara Lehman, a wine expert and teacher who also specializes in pairing food with wine.
We first asked Lehman to test the red wines, of which there were five. We kicked off with Costco's Kirkland cabernet sauvignon, which costs $7.99.Advertisement
Next up was Trader Joe's famous Charles Shaw cabernet sauvignon, made with organic grapes and costing $3.99.
Then came Target's "The Collection" cabernet sauvignon, costing $9.99.Advertisement
Warehouse club BJ's launched its new Wellsley Farms collection earlier this month.
This cabernet sauvignon from California starts at $7.99, though the price varies by state.
Last but not least was Lidl's Untamed Vine cabernet sauvignon Alexander Valley, which costs $8.99.Advertisement
On to the whites. We kicked off with Costco's Kirkland pinot grigio, costing $7.89 for a 1.5-liter bottle.Advertisement
Next up was Trader Joe's Charles Shaw pinot grigio, which is organic and costs $3.99.
Next is Target's "The Collection" pinot grigio, costing $9.99.Advertisement
And lastly, she tried BJ's Wellsley Farms pinot grigio from Venezie, Italy, which starts at $6.99.
The final tasting was rosé. The first we tasted was Trader Joe's Charles Shaw rosé, made with organic grapes and costing $3.99.
Next was Target's "The Collection" rosé, costing $9.99.Advertisement
And finally, Lidl's velada pink moscato, costing $4.99.