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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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Trader Joe's on Snooth

  • My family moved to California when I was 3 1/2.  The wine industry was nascent, or the fine wine business was.  We drank small glasses of beer with tacos, burgers and pizza on weekends, even as kids.  My mother cannot remember a time when I did not like beer.  On Sundays, we had wine with our dinner (eaten in the traditional afternoon slot, foll... Read More

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  • Mine started about six years ago when I met my wife.  We played volleyball in an adult league against each other and hit it off at the bar after.  We never drank wine together (only lots of beer) and the subject never came up.  We had been "dating" a few weeks when I invited her over to make us dinner.  She said she would bring a bottle of wine.... Read More

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  • We'll be leaving shortly for Long Beack to meet up with b-i-l and some friends.It's almost a potluck deal.  So, Peggy has been making some of the traditional sides:  cranberry sauce, broccoli/cashew salad, marinated Morroccan carrots.  She just finished the carrots, and our kitchen now smells wonderful. Not sure my pic does it justice.She also d... Read More

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  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be providing all the wines, probably 10-12 bottles. Have to make final cuts tonight but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.  Read More

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  • GREGT said it all. PN's start at $30 from Oregon and under $10, they are a waste of money.I am the wine guy at Trader Joe's in Princeton NJ and can suggest two worth your consideration if you have a TJs nearby, a Marsannay @ $19 and a Volnay  @ $21. If not, look around at your local wine store and maybe you;ll get lucky.The problem with Turkey D... Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Had some the neighbors over Friday night...some good wines had. The '76 Sterling was one of their contributions, though it did not show very well it was fun to taste. We came up with some fun descriptors as well...Bold, musky aromatics of Iodine, deer hoof, rubber boots. Blood, earth, eucalyptus, and wild red berries on the palate.From a 375. No... Read More

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  • Hey DV - didn't mean to sound like an argument with you - I know you're too much of a realist to buy into some hooey.But look at what even Jamie says - Many of the big brands that have become such a feature of modern wine retail are made in factory-like wineries in huge quantities—and almost to a recipe, in terms of their flavour profile.But exa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Natural wine


  • I just read an interesting article about some wine makers in BC trying wine made strictly from grapes with nothing added, in clay amphoras.  Is this nothing new in California?http://www.winealign.com/blog/2014/10/22/the-british-columbia-wine-report-october/?utm_source=Vintages+Newsletters&utm_campaign=5d8b674693-BC_Wine_Oct&utm_medium=email&utm_... Read More

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  • We're talking about a <$20 CS, and we're concerned about bottle shock and air?I know I'm the iconoclast here.  You can almost convince me that these concepts might have meaning for examples of library or, for lack of a better word, "great" wines, but I have some difficulty that a CS that retails for less than $20 has many detectable subtleties t... Read More

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