Sommeliers drink supermarket wine, too. Many enjoy Hot Pockets for dinner, and\u2014yes\u2014there are cheap, cheery wines they truly love on Aisle 12.\r\n\r\n\u201cI call them house wines,\u201d says Cassandra Felix, an advanced sommelier who relocated to California this year after a decade of work at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. \u201cWhen you cellar a bottle, you don\u2019t want to open it on a random Tuesday, so I make sure I always have a bottle that\u2019s easy to drink.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs Americans make fewer trips to the grocery store and eat more meals at home, it\u2019s hard to beat a chance to stock up on olive oil, tortilla chips and $13 Albari\u00f1o all in one place.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFelix grew up in South Florida and knows how to navigate a Publix. Top shelf really means top shelf, she says, and shoppers can find bargain-focused wines on lower shelves. Her other advice: \u201cDon\u2019t be embarrassed. Go ahead and throw a bottle in with your peanut butter and jelly.\u201d\r\n\r\nSommelier Belinda Chang is a supermarket wine devotee. \u201cIt might amuse you, but I buy 90% of my wine at the grocery store,\u201d says Chang, who\u2019s led wine programs at iconic restaurants like Charlie Trotter\u2019s and The Modern. She lives in Chicago and shops at Mariano's, a regional supermarket chain that she says carries \u201c$5.99 quaffers up to Silver Oak.\u201d\r\n\r\nOver the past several months, Chang has hosted a Virtual Boozy Brunch and high-end online wine experiences. Clients of the latter get her cell phone number for wine advice. She says that she has \u201cguys texting me pictures of bottles from Costco and asking, \u2018Is this a good price?\u2019\u2009\u201d\r\n\r\nYou don\u2019t need to have Chang in your smartphone to find great wines at the supermarket. Below, sommeliers share their go-to choices, from \u201cchicken wine\u201d to Left Bank Bordeaux. along with strategies to find the right bottle for any budget or palate.\r\n\r\n\r\nDrink varieties you like\r\nFor those wary of straying from their favorite grape, Chang suggests wines made from the same variety, but in different styles or from various producers and regions. \u201cIf you always buy Gallo Merlot [from California], why not try Merlot from other parts of the world?\u201d she asks.\r\n\r\nJienna Basaldu, sommelier at The Morris in San Francisco, lives about a half-mile from Whole Foods in Oakland. There, she recently spied bottles of Boya Sauvignon Blanc ($18) from Chile\u2019s Leyda Valley.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve visited the winery in Chile, and oh my God, are the wines good,\u201d she says. Basaldu once had to blind-taste Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc for a competition, and she was the only person to identify the region. Her fellow competitors all guessed New Zealand.\r\n\r\nMatthew Pridgen has shopped at Texas-based H-E-B for 20 years. On his Sundays off, the Underbelly Restaurant Group wine director spends the day tending to smoked meats. \u201cI love a good California Zinfandel with barbecue, and the Ridge Vineyards Three Valleys Zinfandel ($30) from Sonoma is a steal,\u201d says Pridgen. \u201cIt has ripe berry fruit and just the right amount of spice and oak to pair with perfectly cooked ribs.\u201d\r\n\u201c[Kirkland Signature Pauillac is] one of the most prestigious Bordeaux appellations for under $25. That\u2019s a hard find anywhere.\u201d \u2014Vanessa Price, author/sommelier\r\nHey there, ros\u00e9\r\nFor a lighter meal in the Texas heat, say watermelon salad with feta and basil, Pridgen chills a bottle of Domaine du Salvard Ros\u00e9 ($18) from Cheverny in the Loire Valley. \u201cIt has a delicate red fruit and citrus nose, and mouthwatering acidity,\u201d he says. \u201cThe wine punches way over its price tag.\u201d\r\n\r\nIf you don\u2019t know whether you want a ros\u00e9 from the Loire, Long Island or Lodi, don\u2019t be afraid to ask for recommendations, even at supermarkets. \u201cAny good grocer will have someone on hand to help and point you in the direction of something delicious and reasonably priced,\u201d says Pridgen.\r\n\r\nFor an easy-going porch pounder, Vanessa Price suggests a can of Trader Joe\u2019s $1 Simpler Wines Ros\u00e9. The sommelier and co-author of recently released Big Macs and Burgundy: A Pairing Guide for the Real World, says it\u2019s the ideal pink drink to pair with an outdoor meal of \u201chot dogs, burgers, and corn on the cob. It\u2019s full of ripe strawberries, raspberries and match-sparked citrus.\u201d Pick up a four-pack, she says, and \u201cdon\u2019t knock it until you try it.\u201d\r\nIs there a bird on the bottle?\r\nChang also buys inexpensive ros\u00e9 for year-round drinking, and although it\u2019s not a hard-and-fast rule, she\u2019s found she digs bottles with birds on them.\r\n\r\nMariano\u2019s carries Two Birds One Stone Ros\u00e9 ($10), a 100% Cinsault with two birds on the label. It\u2019s a vin de France, a kind of catch-all for French wines that don\u2019t meet other Appellation d'Origine Contr\u00f4l\u00e9e (AOC) guidelines. Vin de France wines are often a great value, says Chang, and their labels list the grape varieties used, which helps demystify the juice.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nShe\u2019s also \u201cobsessed with chicken wine,\u201d a.k.a. La Vieille Ferme ($7). \u201cI keep all three flavors stocked at my house: ros\u00e9, white and red,\u201d says Chang. A rotisserie chicken lover, she pairs the ros\u00e9 with a simply grilled bird, the white with chicken and a white wine-mushroom sauce, and the red with a coq au vin-like dish.\r\nSushi and wine night\r\nOn nights when Price watches Schitt\u2019s Creek and eats take-out sushi from Wegmans, she leans into the liter format and Hugl Gr\u00fcner Veltliner ($10). \u201cAs if the extra 250 milliliters of vino isn't a bonus enough, the wine is produced by a family-owned and -operated winery,\u201d she says. \u201cAnd it has the signature Gr\u00fcner profile of electric acidity and savory white pepper.\u201d\r\n\r\nBasaldu pours Broadbent Vinho Verde\u00a0($10) with Whole Foods sushi. At 9% alcohol by volume (abv) with pleasant acid and restrained fruit, she says it\u2019s a crowd-pleaser that\u2019s also great for day drinking.\r\nSpanish for value\r\nLos Angeles sommelier Eduardo Bola\u00f1os, furloughed recently from Mozza Group, worked for years previously in San Sebasti\u00e1n, Spain. He put that knowledge to use hosting a Basque pop-up, B\u00faho Rouge, with his brother.\r\n\r\nBola\u00f1os cooks a lot more at home these days. When there are lamb chops or steaks on the grill, he opens a bottle of Marqu\u00e9s de Riscal Reserva Rioja ($16) from Trader Joe\u2019s.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFelix is also a fan, but she thinks its red fruit and notes of savory leather and cedar pair best with Hot Pockets and DiGiorno frozen pizza. While not Spanish, Basaldu prefers an $18 one-liter bottle of Berger Zweigelt from Austria with her frozen pizza.\r\n\r\nFor a New World-style Spanish offering, Felix recommends the fresh, vibrant fruit of the Marqu\u00e9s de C\u00e1ceres Crianza ($15). And for pre-bagged Caesar salad, Felix throws Mart\u00edn C\u00f3dax Albari\u00f1o ($13) into her Publix cart.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe creaminess goes with the lees character that Albari\u00f1o sometimes has, and the salinity cuts through cheese,\u201d she says.\r\n\r\n\r\nPrivate label wines\r\nBasaldu picked up a 2014 Criterion Collection Rioja Reserva ($17) recently, a private-label selection from Whole Foods. The chain buys wines from iconic regions like Chablis, New Zealand and Barolo, and releases them under its own label. In addition to stewed cranberry, plum, cherry and grilled meat notes, \u201cit almost has a barbecue potato-chip character,\u201d says Basaldu.\r\n\r\nPrice snags Kirkland Signature Pauillac ($23) every time she sees it at Costco. \u201cIt\u2019s one of the most prestigious Bordeaux appellations for under $25,\u201d she says. \u201cThat\u2019s a hard find anywhere.\u201d While many cheap Left Bank Bordeaux are stemmy and vegetal, the bottling \u201chas the red currant and baking spice verve you expect from classic Pauillac,\u201d she says.\r\nAdd some sparkle to your cart\r\nFor non-Chandon bubbles and aperitif hour, Bola\u00f1os buys Mionetto Prosecco ($14) from Ralphs, a West Coast supermarket chain. He has worked in Italian restaurants for years, and says the Mionetto makes a brilliant Aperol spritz.\r\n\r\nBasaldu turns to Cr\u00e9mant, a French sparkling wine that\u2019s made like Champagne, but without the high price tag. At the start of the pandemic, she would put trout roe atop an omelet alongside a glass of Domaine Allimant-Laugner Cr\u00e9mant d\u2019Alsace Ros\u00e9 ($18), made from 100% Pinot Noir.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat would be our little treat for the week,\u201d she says.