Charles Shaw Winery

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The Charles Shaw label is best known for producing wines of “extreme value.” These became popular when marketed exclusively out of Trader Joe’s grocery chain for $1.99, known commonly as “Two Buck Chuck.” It is owned by the Bronco Wine Company out of Ceres, California. The wines are produced from the usual suspect grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel (as White Zinfandel “blush” wine). The Valdiguie style is produced to mimic Beaujolais Nouveau wines, and Pinot Grigio in limited quantities. 

– Description from Amanda Schuster

Varietals Produced by Charles Shaw Winery View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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Charles Shaw Winery on Snooth

  • I recently heard that in addition to its contribution to the flavor and complexity of wines, that oak was also an effective anti-oxidant, helping the wine to age gracefully for longer periods of time. Also, that sediment in older wines had to do with the oak.It prompted me to search for some additional articles or info on oak. Found this random ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak

  • Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon California 2007


    Its not my favorite wine, but who can complain for about 2.40 a bottle. I mean this is cheaper than orange juice. Has a very robust flavor, with hints of earth. plus this less than $3 bottle of wine still F*cks you up the same as a $30 Import!! (this is the only reason it receives a 3 glass score from me) Read More

    Wine review by Cadillac03

  • Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon California 2010


    A nice glass along with a hot chic and a dip in the hot tub will quickly make you forget that this is a cheap wine. Tastes pretty good tonight. Thanks CS Read More

    Wine review by fullb614

  • Charles Shaw Chardonnay California 2002


    Undrinkable. Same as the other Charles Shaw that came from my mom. Read More

    Wine review by naughtonkp

  • Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon California 2001


    Vinegary and undrinkable. I think my mom had this sitting around her house for years before gifting it to me. Read More

    Wine review by naughtonkp

  • This comment might be considered a timely follow-up to the recent Snooth items on BYOB restaurants.Over the last thirty-something years my wife and I have enjoyed several cruise vacations.  We are now booked on a 14-day cruise to Hawaii that departs from and returns to Los Angeles.  It had never really occurred to me that I could bring my own wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic BYOB on a Cruise

  • Charles Shaw Zinfandel Blend California White Zinfandel 2009


    I remember drinking the 2008, and it was too sharp, but the 2009 was perfect. It was sweet, fruity, light. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Charles Shaw Pinot Grigio California 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by themellowman

  • Charles Shaw Shiraz California 2009


    Two buck chuck! Good for making sangria as well. Read More

    Wine review by themellowman

  • Charles Shaw Chardonnay California 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by lauriekay2

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