I can’t recall which Santa Ema I liked when I found this photo. I believe TJ’s carries a reserve Cab that’s pretty tasty. Usually available. Less than $10.
This Cotes Du Rhone was suggested by a TJ employee years ago. (They do tastings for employees only but boy-oh-boy would I love an invite!) You will impress people that haven’t had this lighter red varietal, with a pretty peach-colored label and smaller shaped bottle that newbies will like. Sometimes hard to find, buy more than one bottle if you can. Hovers around $5.
Black Mountain Fat Cat is consistently drinkable and available at TJ’s every time. They make wines in several varietals though I only really like the Cab.
So that’s my TJ round up. There are others I like but I couldn’t find photos of. A Spanish Rioja in gold netting, Black Opal Chard from Australia, Montes Malbec from Argentina…
If you have some recommendations, with photos, please send them to me and I will amend this little piece: firstname.lastname@example.org