Eery once in awhile Trader Joes gets a limited amount of small production wine from the south of France. I just liked the label and had a Minervois before that I had enjoyed so I decided to try this one, Chateau Vaissiere. It is really nice, drinks well for a 2011 and at $ 9.95 is a nice departure from Calif. reds. It isn't super bold but it has plenty of flavor and isn't as bone-dry as you would think. I'll give it 7 1/2 swiggs and recommend it highly for folks looking for something that is a departure from the norm.
Here it is, our humble little NYE selection. We had a few guests over that were really keen on Zins. We started with a split of Schramsberg sparkling wine, then went on to the Storrs central coast 2008 zin....a great drink. Not to be outdone we also opened up a Wilson 2010 Molly's vineyard zin , a great compliment to the Storrs. The last bottle was the Unti 2008 grenache, something a little less intense to finish off the night. I was in bed by 10:15........when you have wines with 15% alcohol it can make for a short evening ! Cheers, the Swiggtator.