Trader Joe's

(415)346-9964 33 HARLOW CT
NAPA, CA
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Trader Joe is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores that began in Pasadena, California and are now peppered across the United States. The first store, then called Pronto Markets, opened in 1958. In 1967 as the business expanded, founder Joe Coulombe changed the name to Trader Joe’s and began the trademark Hawaiian themed decor, complete with staff all wearing Hawaiian shirts. The stores specialize in private label food and grocery items, many of them certified organic and sustainable. Foods are labeled in whimsical accordance to the ethnicity of the products, i.e. “Trader Giotto’s” for Italian, “Trader José’s” for Mexican, “Trader Ming’s” for Chinese, etc. This direct supply method allows them to pass savings onto customers by keeping costs low. If an item doesn’t sell well, it is (often to the consternation of some customers) discontinued. A maritime bell is used as a means of communication (one bell = assistance Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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Trader Joe's on Snooth

  • So clearly they market beer differently in Japan than in the US. I can't believe that label would sell a single six pack here!For that seafood, I'd bring a good white, probably N. Spain but actually a Greek wine would be great too. If they could chill it for you.As far as the poutine goes, I think there's some kind of movement to get that to be ... Read More

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  • There were three of us, or actually 2 1/2 since my wife didn't drink much and doesn't like whites. The burgers were going to be 50/50 bacon/beef, which opened a world of possibilities so we decided to go all-American.Halcón Vineyards Prado to start, a 50.50 Marsanne/Rousanne blend that would have gone really well with the mushroom I had but was ... Read More

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  • Boy, Al, that pizza looks pretty good--almost as good as some that I've seen that came off the Forestville BGE.And, speaking of the Wine Guru of Forestville, we're going with one of his buddies' wine, tonight: McGah Vineyard, tonight.  I whle back I reported on the Toffanelli Vineyard.  I have to say I like this one as much as the Toffanelli.  L... Read More

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  •  some "previously frozen" Alaskan cod I went to Vons and I'm having the worst piece of fish I've had in years. Well, pretty soon you won't be able to kick around Von's any more.  They've been bought by Alberson's.  If it hasn't happened already, your local Von's is going to be converted to an Alberston's or, as happened in my neighborhood, a Hag... Read More

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  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the idea to pair up Greg and a friend from the Netherlands who was in San Diego for a convention, due to their interest in Tokaj, and it seemed to work well, everyone having a good time.Lessons Learned: Harslevelu is good stuff, and probably my new favorite white wine gra... Read More

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  • Trader Joe's two buck chuck is on the list also. Well....that's what ya get for $2 I guess. Read More

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  • There's a big lawsuit in the works right now against a slew of cheap wine producers here in the states.The suit claims that a number of wineries have failed to get their levels of arsenic under control because it exceeds legal requirements.Cupcake...Sutter Home....Menage A Trois....Franzia....Berringer....Glen Ellen....Just to name a few.I think... Read More

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  • At Trader Joe’s the staff are pretty knowledgeable and they stock a few lesser known wines which tend to cost less.I too like wine with dinner but if I had to drink Trader Joe wine recommended by their "knowledgeable staff"  I'd probably just go make some lemonade.They stock lesser-known wine because a lot of the wine is custom made for them.You... Read More

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  • It may seem foolish but if I don’t have a glass of wine, or two, with my dinner then I can never enjoy whatever it is I’m eating. It can be the most amazing, top class gourmet meal but without a glass of wine it may as well be cardboard. And if I happen to be eating cardboard, so long as I have a glass of wine, I may just enjoy whatever it is th... Read More

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  • Hi Cepperley, hi all:Although I think that another trip to Italy would be preferable, you don't have to go there to buy almond wine.  You can purchase Sicilian almond wine from the Bar Turrisi online store, http://vinomandorla.com/.  They offer two sizes of bottles, 50CL and 75CL.Bar Turrisi is in Castlemola in Sicily.While you're waiting for th... Read More

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