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 »

Varietals Produced by Trader Joe's View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

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Trader Joe's on Snooth

  • RBA, cannot go wrong with almost anything from Drouhin, French or American - enjoy!EMark, from the TJ's web site - Block 67 Cabernet Sauvignon (“Block” for the box; “67” for the year Trader Joe’s was founded).  I would expect something a bit less interesting than the 2 (or 3) buck chuck. Stick with Robin's Apsara wines, more expensive but defini... Read More

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  • RCKR, Thanks! But you did give me an idea. I've never actually developed my own list of these types of wines I mentioned. It would be several pages long and growing, as the fun part is always discovering new, different ones. Another thing I really like to do is discover American versions of the more unusual European varietals - like sangiovese, ... Read More

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  • Thanks for the update with regard to the Finger Lakes region.  When I want ...  I tasted this $6.99 Trader Joe special a few nights ago and it was horrible.  My wife tasted it and agreed.  I poured the remaining 3/4 of the bottle down the sink.  Even in retirement, I don't have time for crap win Read More

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  • Welcome Seahawk.Boy, Liberty School is a name from the past.  My recollection (may or may not be correct) is that Liberty School was a second label for a fairly well-know, and well-respected, Napa Valley winery.  It may have been Caymus.  Whoever it was sold the brand years (probably, more like decades) ago.Lately, I have my own favorite low-dol... Read More

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  • Hi Folks!This site was really great several years ago helping me track down Corsican reds here in NYC (I'm in Staten Island.) Many of my friends, and myself included, are interested in very good wines (mostly reds)  at the lowest possible price. There really are many such wines out there if you look hard enough! For example, several years ago a ... Read More

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  • Can't help find those wines from the past as I didn't drink them, but in addition to the advice above, you might want to look at anything called 'late harvest". That usually indicates sweetness. The wines of Sauternes are botrytis wines and CA is a pretty dry place for the most part and those wines require very specific conditions involving fog ... Read More

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  • Now that the name Sauterne, is reserved for those wines from that region, how do I find the type of wine produced in the 1960's, that used to be labeled " Sauterne".This wine was from California and was an excellent compliment to poultry. I have no idea what wines to try.Thanks Read More

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  • So, we were at Costco a few weeks ago and, surprise, stumbled into the wine section.  Several bottles found their way into the cart, when Peggy picked up an Oregon Riesling.  That is a bit unusual for her, but I also saw a German example.  We read what we could on the back labels and the shelf talkers.  The Oregon one was described as "dry" and ... Read More

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  • "Soon" has happened at Apsara.I signed up for 1 X of the Amoenus CS, 2 X of the Napa Valley CS, 1 X of the Las Madras Syrah and 2 X of the Kick Ranch SB.  The Syrah and the SB were "reloads" from last my order last spring.Al, once you are paroled from you SIWBM, go to this web site and order some for yourself.  ;-)   If you want to be devious--n... Read More

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  • With Portland, Oreon finally feeling the warmth of Summer, I've opted for Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Valley. I normally don't buy wines under $10.00 yet when I saw this at Trader Joe's, it reminded me of my favorite Carneros so I thought I'd give it a try. What a delightful wine! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon trying to ... Read More

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